Genesis - How to add an author box

There are two ways to add an author box to your 17th Avenue theme:

We'll go over both methods below.

How to Enable the Genesis Author Box

The example above is from the Clover theme. Each theme will display the author box a little differently.

  1. In your WordPress dashboard, go to Users > All Users.
  2. Select the user for which you would like to enable the author box.
  3. Scroll to the Author Archive Settings section.
  4. Check the box for "Enable Author Box on this User's Posts?"
  5. Click Update Profile.

Customizing the Genesis Author Box

Changing your display name

  1. In your WordPress dashboard, go to Users > All Users and select the user you want to change.
  2. In the Nickname field, add the name you want to display after "About" in the author box.
  3. Then, in the Display Name Publicly As drop-down, select the name you added.

Changing the text and photo in the author box

  1. Go to Users and click "Edit" to the user you'd like to change.
  2. Find the About Yourself section. Bio text can be added in the "Biographical Info" section.
  3. To add an image, click on the Gravatar link and create a Gravatar account. All profile images in WordPress are configured via Gravatar.

Customizing the appearance of the author box

Default author box: (please note appearance will vary depending on which theme you are using)

Customized author box:

Add a border:

.author-box {
    border: 2px solid #eeeae8;
    padding: 30px;

Add a background color:

.author-box {     
    background: #f9f9f9;
    padding: 30px;

Customize the title font, size, etc:

.author-box-title {
    font-family: Roboto Condensed;
    font-size: 26px;
    font-weight: normal;
    text-transform: uppercase;
    -webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased;

The font, font size, text transform, etc can all be modified as desired!

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Multiple authors with Genesis Author Box

To use the Genesis author box with multiple authors or guest posters, here's what you'll do:

  1. For each author or guest author, create a new user.
  2. Follow the instructions above to add the author's name, bio, and photo.

Using an Author Box plugin

An author box plugin like this one can give you additional options for the author box, like social media icons. Follow the plugin documentation for setting up the author box on your website.