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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 the Owner and Administrators can add basic authors.
  • Basic authors can only be added to websites. It's not possible to add basic authors to Squarespace Domains on parking pages or Scheduling subscriptions without a website.

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. Under Author Image, upload a profile picture for the author image.
  4. Under Display Name, add the author's name as you want it to display on the site. If you're using basic authors to attribute content to general sources like your company name, enter that name here.
  5. Under Profile, you can add a first name, last name, and website address.
  6. Under Bio, you can add a short biography for the author.
  7. Click Save to add the author.
Note: Author images, profile information, and bio text only display on sites 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:

  • Blog posts
  • Events
  • Album Page tracks
  • Blog posts
  • Events
  • Gallery Page images

Change the author in the Options tab of the above collection item editors. 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 Owners and 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.

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 (such as blog posts) has a new author listed in their place.
  5. Click Continue, then click Remove to confirm.
  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 (such as blog posts) 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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