WordPress: Author bio/description box

This feature is available after updating the pipdig Power Pack to version 3.7.0 or higher. You get free lifetime updates whilst using any pipdig theme.

All of our themes include the option to display an author bio at the bottom of each blog post. Currently, this includes your Name, Description and Profile Picture.

Follow the steps below to create your author bio description and display it.

1. Setup your name, description and profile photo

Before enabling this feature, please check that Avatars are enabled in the Settings > Discussions page:

You can now setup your user profile includes any desired information. You can do this by going to the Users > Your Profile page in your dashboard

From your profile, you should edit the following options:

“Display name publicly as”

Select the name as you would like it to display on your posts.


“Biographical Info”

This is where you can add a description about the author.


“Profile Picture”

The profile picture in WordPress is controlled by your email address. You assign the picture to your email account via Gravatar.

Gravatar stands for Globally Recognized Avatar. When a user leaves a comment (with their email) on a site that supports Gravatar, it will also display their profile picture. For example, the comments on this site display your Gravatar.

It’s completely free to create a Gravatar. Simply go to https://en.gravatar.com. Signup with the email that you use to log in to your WordPress site. Then add an avatar of yourself. The image will automatically appear on your site.


2. Enable the Author Bio in your theme

Now that your author information is set, you can now display this via the Appearance > Customize page in your dashboard.

Go to the “Blog Post Options” tab:

Enable the option shown below:

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  1. Anouk van der Poel

    Hi! Love this feature! Is it also possible to show the name of the author at every blogpost on the homepage?

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Glad you like it! The author bio will display on the homepage when using the “Full Blog Post” layout. If you are using a grid/summary layout, the bio will not show.

  2. Kelly

    Hi is there a way to occasionally disable the bio box on specific posts? I mainly will have my posts, but occasionally I have guest bloggers.

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      The author bio will be displayed for the specific author of the post. So if you created an author account for each guest blogger, their own bio would display for any posts they have authored.

          1. Kelly

            Hi Phil, cracking on with the site now, I was wondering for the bio in the Culture Shock theme, is there a way to put hyperlinks in the bio? I can’t see an html option.

            1. Phil (pipdig)

              Not directly, however I think it is possible to include HTML in the author bio setting. For example, you could have something like this. The text “link to my website” would then display as a link.

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