Review: Fanciest Author Box – Cool WordPress Author Box Plugin

June 25, 2013 · 4 comments

by Lars

The WordPress platform allow webmasters to use multi-authorship of content published on the blog. As soon as there is more than one author being promoted, there is a need for including an author biography or profile to give them credit and redirect readers to their other works and social media profiles. Personal social media connections authors connect with readers and often encourage readers to comment and come back. WordPress theme developers have information available from the user profile and some use it to create simple author box designs. However, having a plugin that setup a cool author box and integrate all of the top social profiles into the page easily is worth considering. In addition, it is important to ensure Google+ authorship is set up right. This will make it convenient for your readers to connect with you, boost your readership and increase your online authority.

This review will take a closer look at a cool solution, Fanciest Author Box plugin for WordPress. This is the premium version of the plugin. You can also get a free version called Fancier Author Box. The main difference is found in the setup flexibility available in options and how social media profiles are integrated. The plugin takes care of integrating your Social Media profiles into one box widget that you can put on a highly visible area on your website. Whether it be on a sidebar, post or page, this plugin will attract visitors to follow and interact with you on your various Social Media platforms.

It is simple to use the plugin and aff the author box. It can be applied site wide on all posts but you can also use widgets, template tags or shortcodes to manually place it on a specific location you have in mind. There is a built-in color picker let you personalize the box’s look and feel and ensure it match with the theme’s color palette. Fanciest Author Box is translation ready in case you want to use it on a non-English website. I am not sure you need this feature, but it has a random author option to display any random author profile on a multi-authored website. Let us get into the details of using this plugin.


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This plugin has a Setting Page under Tools. In the Settings Page, you can see two Settings Tabs: Display Settings, which includes the edit options for Display and Color and Tabs Settings where you can edit information display about your Bio and Social Media profile details such as tweets and Facebook profiles and pages.

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Fanciest Author Box Settings Page with Display Settings and Tabs Settings options.

Apart from the Settings Tabs, there’s a Help tab included at the top of the Main Settings page that will help you understand the usage of the plugin with its brief but concise descriptions.

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Help Tab on top of the Settings Page

To enable display of multiple authors’ profiles, go to Users Tab in Admin Dashboard.  Next, search and click user’s name. Under the User’s main profile, you will see the Fanciest Author Box Details area where you can edit specific details you want to include in your author box on the site. Aside from that, you an choose whether or not to display the author box itself or to display just a normal User/Author profile with only your approved written description of the author.

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Fanciest Author Box User Details Area in User Profile Page.

You can also access the box in the Widgets area and edit details from there.

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Fanciest Author Box widget settings

This is how the box looks like below posts when inserted site wide.

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Author Box at the end of a post.

And when added using the author box widget

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Author Box in Sidebar or Widget Area.

Fanciest Author Box plugin is an essential plugin for every website admin to use in displaying author information relevant to increasing interaction with the readers beyond their posts. The plugin is very convenient to use with its simplicity, detailed documentation and its reliable and quick support. Enabling and disabling details is not complicated therefore giving free rein for both the admin and the authors to customize and leave out certain details they do not want to share to the public. Moreover, this plugin serves as a mini directory of sorts for all visitors looking for ways to follow their favorite writer online without resorting to searching the whole web for it. This plugin also enables your WordPress content to be linked to your Social Media site most especially Google+, improving your Google authorship mark-up and building your expert status easily.

Author : Lars Vraa

Lars is passionate about web design, web development, SEO, social media and loves to look into new technologies, techniques, tools etc. and to write articles for tripwire magazine readers.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Dragan Nikolic June 12, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Thanks for doing a review of our premium author box plugin, Lars.

If you or your readers come up with new features you want to see in the next plugin update, please share them here with us. User input has been invaluable in making Fanciest Author Box.

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Lars June 12, 2013 at 3:53 pm

You are welcome Dragen, sure I will let you know if any good ideas come up!

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Gunjesh Kumar June 10, 2013 at 11:49 am

Although default WordPress author box is nice, the Fanciest author box seems to look great with lots of customization option.
Thanks for sharing. Will surely give it a try.

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Lars June 10, 2013 at 12:14 pm

You are welcome Gunjesh, Let me know how it works out!

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