12 Best WordPress Themes for Multiple Author Blogs in 2016
High traffic blogs often publish content regularly – at least once per day. To maximize on content production and produce a wide variety of content, such blogs often have multiple authors contributing posts. Unfortunately for those authors, they are often hidden from the readers, with nothing more than a name displayed on a post.
Displaying the name of the post author is default WordPress behavior, but there are WordPress themes designed with multiple author sites in mind that provide authors with further exposure through author bio boxes and author pages, for example.
This article will look at how WordPress can help to showcase authors on your multiple author blog, then highlight several WordPress themes that do a good job of featuring the authors without distracting from the content.
The Best Free Multiple Author Blog Themes
1. WP Fan Zone
WP Fan Zone started as a design for sports blogs, but it can be used for any subject matter. It has a magazine style with featured posts and a masonry layout.
Each post includes the author’s name at the top which links to a page listing all of their posts. Below each post, you’ll find an author box with a brief bio and an author profile picture. The author box can be customized with options available in the Customizer.
This powerful magazine theme has a clean and modern design. It features two homepage layouts and beautiful article pages.
Each post includes the author’s name at the top, linked to the page with all their posts. Additionally, Accesspress features a standard author box below each post, which has custom styling to match the theme.
The free version is available in the WordPress repository, and a pro version of the theme is available ($57), which provides access to additional layout options for the homepage and other pages of the site.
Gazette is a theme originally created for WordPress.com, where you can see a full demo. It has been made available in the WordPress repository so that self-hosted blogs can make use of its clean design. The homepage makes great use of featured images on both the highlighted posts and the regular content.
Each post has an author bio as with our previous themes, but Gazette gives it more prominence by placing it at the top of the side bar. This is a different approach that definitely improves the exposure for the author. Below the bio is a link to a page with all of the author’s posts.
The final free theme on our list is the responsive ColorMag theme, which is available in the WordPress repository. The widgetized homepage includes a categorized post layout common to magazine sites.
Each post on the index and archive pages includes the author’s name linked to a page with all their posts. At the bottom of each individual post page, below the content, there is an author box which includes an image and a short bio.
The Best Premium Multiple Author Blog Themes
The Grateful theme is incredibly enjoyable to read. The typography choices make it great for bloggers. Additionally, authors get their due with this theme with attractive author boxes and linked names that allow people to quickly view all posts by any author.
The more conventional features people tend to look for in quality WordPress themes are also there with Grateful: Responsive design, powerful theme options, advanced typography options, unlimited color options, well documented code, and more.
The Grateful theme is available through Themeforest for $44.
Take the power of the Divi Builder and combine it with a magazine theme and you get our Extra theme. The beautiful design includes not only homepage layouts but fully customizable categories. The featured post sliders on the homepage all include the author’s name, linked to their post listing, as do most of the post listings.
Each individual post has a beautiful author box below the content, which includes an image, a bio and social links. The Extra theme goes a step further and provides an authors page template where you can introduce your authors, show their images and bios along with a count of the number of posts they have contributed.
Like Divi, the Extra theme is available with the Elegant Themes membership.
Hub is a theme for content writers, and as such, authors are a big part of the concept of this theme. The distinctive minimalist style of Hub enables the content to be the focus.
Author profiles are displayed right beside the post content on the individual post pages. The default position is on the left, making the author profile the first thing most people will notice on the page. Hub’s demo makes use of the freely available Our Team plugin from WooThemes, to show the site’s writers on the homepage – a great way to showcase your authors.
Like some of the other themes we have looked at, the author name is presented at the top of individual posts, and you’ll find an author box below the content. The author box can include an image along with the bio. The author’s name is linked to a page with all the posts written by that author. One nice feature is that an author box is displayed at the top of this page. This makes it easy for readers checking out the author to know more about them.
The Metro theme is available for $99.95, which includes the Genesis framework itself.
The demo site for the Convac theme immediately shows you a slider featuring the site’s authors, including their image, bio and social links – an excellent way to showcase your authors.
In the author’s post listing, Convac makes an interesting choice to not show the author’s name, but instead their avatar. This is also done at the top of individual post pages, but it is not linked to their post listing. The author box displayed at the bottom of the post does link to the author’s post listing as expected.
Multinews is a premium magazine theme ($59) which aims to be a full magazine solution, including a flip page magazine, an advertising system, and user reviews. The design is very flexible, and using the Visual Composer plugin, you can create any layout you imagine.
As with the other themes on our list, the author’s name is listed on posts, linked to their post listing. The author box sits below the post content and includes an image, a bio and social links.
Where this theme stands out for showcasing authors is on the author post listing page. A large header image sits behind the author box at the top of the page, and the posts are listed in a very creative timeline layout.
Newsstand is a beautiful premium magazine theme ($49). The responsive design makes great use of images and is very flexible using the Customizer and the included page builder.
For showcasing authors, this theme includes the standard author name at the top of posts, and an author box below posts. Both link through to an author post listing page, and the latter includes an image, a bio and social links. Newsstand also comes with an authors page which you can create or modify using the included page builder.
Billed as a premium magazine theme for creative stuff ($59), SimpleMag is beautiful and flexible. The responsive design includes a drag-and-drop page builder for creating practically endless layout variations.
This theme takes a similar approach to the hub theme mentioned before, placing the author profile at the top on the left side of the post content. The author profile actually remains static as you scroll down the post, keeping it visible. The author page that lists all their posts takes a similar layout, with the author box on the left which remains static as you scroll through the posts on the right. This theme, like a few others, includes a page for the site’s authors, created using an authors shortcode.
Although blogging originally began as an individual pursuit, multiple author blogs have become very common, especially with high traffic blogs or magazine-style sites that need lots of content on a regular schedule.
In this article we have shared with you a selection of WordPress themes that work well to showcase multiple author blogs. If you have a multiple author blog or are planning to start one, you should be able to get going with one of these themes today and transform your site to give your authors more exposure.
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