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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

To add a basic author:

  1. In the Home Menu, click Settings, then click Permissions.
  2. Click Add Basic Author.
  3. In the Account tab, you can upload a profile picture and add the author's name as you want it to appear on your site. If you're using basic authors to attribute content to general sources like your company name, enter that name here.
  4. In the Bio tab, you can add a first and last name, website, and bio.
  5. Click Save to publish your changes.
  1. Tap Settings, then tap Permissions.
  2. Tap Add Basic Author.
  3. Tap Add Avatar to upload a profile picture from your device.
  4. Under Name, enter the author's name as you want it to appear on your site.
  5. Tap Bio to add a first and last name, website, and bio. 
  6. Tap Save to publish your changes. 
Note: Bio text only appears in templates that support author profiles.

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. To edit a profile:

  1. In the Home Menu, click Settings, then click Permissions.
  2. Click on the basic author's name.
  3. Edit any of the profile options, then click Save.
  1. Tap Settings, then tap Permissions
  2. Tap the basic author's name.
  3. Tap any field to edit, then tap Save to publish your changes. 

Remove a basic author

To remove a basic author:

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