Fanciest Author Box is the best author bio plugin for WordPress.

It’s developed and fully supported by ThematoSoup. Its long list of features gives identity to your single or multi-author WordPress blog. Social widgets allow you to present authors in a more personal manner and are ideal for guest bloggers.

If you’re a blogger or your business relies on content marketing you should install Fanciest Author Box to:

  • Improve your blog’s functionality
  • Make connections & enable reader engagement
  • Highlight your articles in search engine result pages
  • Increase conversions and click-through rates

note: Fanciest Author Box is not compatible with BuddyPress.

note: Once installed, you’ll find Fanciest Author Box User Details under Users > Your Profile.

This premium author bio plugin is very easy to use and customize. Right after installation the author bio is, by default, enabled on all your posts, pages and custom post types. You can disable the author box where you don’t want it or implement it manually using:

  • Widget
  • Template tag
  • Shortcode


The plugin has quite a few under the hood features:

  • Retina ready
  • Translation ready, just follow this guide
  • Color pickers, to set your own color scheme
  • Random author option for widgets
  • Automatically or manually added before, after (or both) your posts, pages and custom post types (not on archive pages)
  • RSS feed author box
  • Lazy load for improved page speed
  • Co-Authors Plus plugin compatibility


Fanciest Author Box allows readers to learn about authors and connect with them on all major social networks:

  • Bio tab
  • Twitter Bio & Latest Tweet
  • Facebook Like & Follow
  • LinkedIn Widget
  • YouTube Subscribe Widget
  • Pinterest Widget
  • Latest Posts tab
  • Custom HTML tab


Here’s what Fanciest Author Box users think about the plyugin:

AJ Clarke, WPExplorer founder

This WordPress plugin is easy to use (as a widget, shortcode or template tag) and customize to your individual needs – and because it’s so nice, you may even persuade more people to become authors!

AJ Clarke, WPExplorer founder

Sean, Editor at Gaming Illustrated

It was amazingly easy to install and configure. Now, my writers can get more of the attention they deserve. Fanciest Author Box totally exceeded with both its feature set and customizability.

Sean, Editor at Gaming Illustrated

Matthew Webber, Editor at T3KD

I wanted to take a minute to say that this is a great plugin and that you should definitely buy it. Not only is it well coded and works well, but if you have problems the author helps and replies to problems very quickly. 5 stars from me. Great Job!

Matthew Webber, Editor at T3KD

Andy Bailey, CommentLuv founder

I got this after downloading another author box plugin that had a vulnerable code. Great code, intuitive and efficient and a big up to you for using apply filters so other plugins can manipulate the order of the tabs. Great work, good clean code.

Andy Bailey, CommentLuv founder


Huge thanks to all of you who suggested improvements and made the plugin even better.

v2.3 (04/12/2019)

  • Does not show private posts in latest posts widget
  • Prevents author box from showing in AMP endpoint pages
  • Removes Google+, RIP
  • Various bug fixes

v2.2 (05/10/2016)

  • Adds PHP 5.3 requirement
  • Fixes preg_replace deprecated call

v2.1 (09/08/2015)

  • Fixes Fanciest Author Box widget in WordPress 4.3+

v2.0.9 (3/25/2015)

  • Adds nofollow to G+ link, since Google Authorship is dead

v2.0.8 (9/5/2014)

  • Removes custom update notifier (caused false notices)
  • CSS fixes

v2.0.7 (8/20/2014)

  • Fixes Google authorship bug

v2.0.6 (6/13/2014)

  • Fixes LinkedIn tab bug when switching from LinkedIn to Google+ back to LinkedIn again

v2.0.5 (5/29/2014)

  • Improved Co-Authors Plus compatibility, latest posts tab now includes co-authored posts

v2.0.4 (5/27/2014)

  • Performance optimization, improves speed when some popular/related posts plugins are used

v2.0.3 (5/6/2014)

  • Fixes a multi-shortcode JavaScript bug

v2.0.2 (4/22/2014)

  • Fixes difference between custom tab allowed tags in user vs. global options
  • Improved default color settings
  • Fixes Facebook and LinkedIn widgets not being loaded in second author box
  • Lazy load for improved page speed

v2 (4/17/2014)

  • Retina Ready – Uses Genericons in tabs
  • Pinterest widget
  • YouTube widget
  • CSS updates + New default skin
  • Improves method that adds author box to posts/pages automatically

v1.8 (3/13/2014)

  • Adds update notifier
  • Moves Settings page to Settings > Fanciest Author Box
  • Adds Co-Author Plus support for multi-author posts
  • Adds filter hooks (ts_fab_load_css, ts_fab_load_js) that allows developers to disable CSS and JS from being loaded. If hooking into these hooks, you need to return false
  • Adds CSS that hides author box added by several popular themes
  • Changes list of allowed tags in Custom Tab to default WordPress allowed tags (like the ones used in comments)
  • Skips expensive user queries in widget code if blog has more than 200 users

v1.7.1 (3/12/2014)

  • Updated Google+ widget (more compact, no duplicate photo)
  • Updated LinkedIn widget (more compact, no duplicate photo, details appear on mouseover)
  • Updated LinkedIn field, full profile URL can now also be used

v1.7 (3/3/2014)

  • Fixes https error in LinkedIn member profile
  • Adds filter (‘ts_fab_social_field’) that allows you to modify which user meta fields are used for social tabs – Read more

v1.6 (1/14/2014)

  • Not loading JS and CSS when not necessary
  • CSS fixes

note: If you’re using template tag to add Fanciest Author Box, since version 1.6 you need to include Fanciest Author Box JavaScript and CSS files manually. Read more at Fanciest Author Box documentation.

v1.5 (6/22/2013)

  • Updated Twitter API (refer to Fanciest Author Box > Tabs Settings to learn how to enable Twitter tab)

v1.4.7 (6/12/2013)

  • Bug fix, where authors who opted not to show their author box were still shown in Fanciest Author Box widget

v1.4.6 (6/9/2013)

  • Option to display author avatar above text in the author box (Avatar position: Floated left, Above text)
  • Shortcode attribute avatar=”above” that places avatar above text
  • Minor CSS fixes

v1.4.4 (4/5/2013)

  • User count check added to FAB widget, so sites with huge number of users don’t cause it to break
  • CSS updates

v1.4.3 (1/17/2013)

  • Facebook Widget fix

v1.4.2 (1/10/2013)

  • Minor bug fixes

v1.4.1 (1/5/2013)

  • Fixed Facebook widget not showing in Firefox

v1.4 (11/20/2012)

  • Bug fixes
  • Added option to manually change execution priority where Fanciest Author Box wouldn’t display, because of possible conflicts with other plugins

v1.3.3 (10/16/2012)

  • Improved Twitter caching

v1.3.2 (10/13/2012)

  • Updated Twitter API

v1.3.1 (10/9/2012)

  • Minor bug fixes

v1.3 (08/26/2012)

  • Added LinkedIn tab with Member Profile Plugin
  • Added option to show icons only in tabs
  • User profile fields now not shown for Subscribers
  • Switched Facebook widgets from iframe to HTML5 – improves performance
  • Added name linked to Facebook profile for Subscribe widget
  • Improved custom tab, allowing admin to make it possible for users to override custom tab
    content only or both title and content
  • Added RTL support (credit: Metude)
  • Added random author option to widget (credit: Indie-Film Moonworks)
  • Added Latvian translation (Thanks to Klavs Petersons)
  • Added simplified author box to RSS feeds (credit: Katie Orr)

v1.2.1 (08/13/2012)

  • Improved Twitter fallback, when Twitter API returns nothing
  • Fixed bug that caused javascript conflict when multiple shotcodes or template tags were used on the same page

v1.2 (07/05/2012)

  • Bug fix – overridden photo (via uploader) was showing only in bio tab
  • Added “+FirstName LastName” heading with rel=author to Google tab for author verification
  • Added custom HTML tab. Thanks to https://codecanyon.net/user/oakland

v1.1 (06/18/2012)

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