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Basic authors

A basic author is any name that can be attributed as an author for your site's content but doesn't have login credentials.

Unlike contributors, basic authors don't have an account for your site. Basic authors appear in a drop-down menu you can select from when adding or editing content. This makes basic authors a great option if you have guest bloggers or attribute content to a general source like a company name.

Tip: You can add as many basic authors as you want. Basic authors don't count toward contributor limits by plan. 

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Before you begin

Only Administrators and site owners can add basic authors.

Add a basic author

In the Home Menu, click Settings, and then click Permissions.

Click Add Basic Author.

In the Account tab, edit these fields:

  • Edit the basic author's name as it appears on your site, including blog posts.
  • You can also add a Google+ profile URL.
  • Upload an avatar or profile picture.
Tip: If you're using basic authors to attribute content to general sources like your company name, enter that name here.

 In the Bio tab, you can add a first and last name, website, bio, and social links.

Note: Bio text only appears in templates that support author profiles.

In the Location tab, you can add the business name and address associated with the author.

Click Save to publish your changes.

Where you can use a basic author

Basic authors can be used on any page where authorship is attributed to content. This includes:

  • Gallery images
  • Blog posts
  • Events
  • Tracks

Add an author in the Options tab of the Gallery Image Editor, Blog Post Editor, Event Editor, and Track Editor.

Basic authors also display in Archive and Summary Blocks.

Edit a basic author profile

Unlike contributor profiles that can only be edited by the contributors themselves, only Administrators can edit a basic author's profile.

  1. In the Home Menu, click Settings, and then click Permissions.
  2. Click on the basic author's name.
  3. Edit any of the profile options, and then click Save.

Remove a basic author

  1. In the Home Menu, click Settings, and then click Permissions.
  2. Click on the basic author's name.
  3. Click Remove Author.
  4. In the window that appears, select a new author that will replace this author from the drop-down menu.
  5. Click Transfer and Remove. This ensures that all content attributed to this author - for example, blog posts or galleries - has a new author listed in their place.

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