An author box is an essential part of any blog. It usually contains a picture and a short bio description of the author of that particular blog post.
Author boxes are crucial for multi-author blogs, but even if you are the sole author of your blog, you will want to include one as well. It makes your blog more personable and your readers will identify more with you if they can put a face to the author.
By default, your Genesis themed blog will not include an author box. So here are the steps to enable it.
Step 1 – Create a Gravatar
The image that shows up in your author box comes from Gravatar.com. Gravatar is a free service that allows you to link your email address to your gravatar picture. So not only can you use it on your own blog, but it also appears when you comment on other wordpress blogs as well.
To enable your gravatar, head over to Gravatar.com and create your free account. Make sure the email address you sign up with is the same email address as the user account you’re posting with on your blog. Then complete the process by uploading a nice looking headshot of yourself.
Step 2 – Compose Your Author Bio
Next go into your blog’s admin page, and go to Users > Your Profile. Scroll down until you see the text area labeled Biographical Info.
Whatever you type into this text area will show up in your Author box. If you want to include any links in your author bio, you can include the html link tag in here as well.
Step 3 – Enable the Author Box
Lastly, you’ll need to enable the author box. On the same Your Profile page, scroll down a bit more to the Author Archive Settings and you’ll see a checkbox labeled Enable Author Box on this User’s Posts. Check this, and you’re all set!
Adding an author box to your blog may seem like a little thing, but it’s a very important step in making your blog “look like a real blog”.