You may already know how to add an ordinary author in WooCommerce, but what if you want something more? Something like a special showcase or categories for different authors? Search no further! What you want is Connections, the business directory plugin for WordPress. But once you have Connections, how do you add and edit authors? Simple! Just follow these easy steps!
Step 1: Add Entry in Connections
Assuming you are already logged in to WordPress and have Connections installed, simply hover over Connections (on the bottom left) and click Add Entry.
Step 2: Enter in Author’s Details
Step 2a: Enter in Author’s Details
Enter in any details you’d like to display for this author. Enter in the First Name and Last Name:
Step 2b: Upload Author’s Picture
If you’d like to upload the author’s picture, below where it says Image, click Browse and select the author’s picture from your computer.
Step 2c: Select Author Category/Categories
Be sure to select the category this author belongs in. You will find this on the right side. We’ll designate this author as one of the Premium Authors. Simply click the checkbox next to Premium Authors. Actually, everyone knows Mark Twain, so let’s just add him in to every category! Do this by checking checkbox next to each category name.
Step 2d: Enter in Author’s Social Media Links
It’s time to add our author’s social media network links. Simply scroll down until you get to the Social Media IDs section and click Add Social Media ID. Then select Facebook and enter in the author’s full URL to their Facebook page (e.g. https://www.facebook.com/MarkTwain).
To add another social media network profile for this author, simply repeat these steps by again clicking Add Social Media ID, select Twitter, and enter in their full URL (not just their handle) to their Twitter page (e.g. https://twitter.com/MarkTwain).
Repeat this process for however many social media profile links you’d like to add for this particular author.
Step 2e: Enter in Author’s Website Links
Under the Links section, click Add Link. Next to Title, enter in the full URL to the author’s website (e.g. http://www.MarkTwain.com). Enter in the same thing in the box to the right of URL (i.e. http://www.MarkTwain.com). Since this is a link to a website other than our own, let’s make sure when someone clicks on the link, it will open a new tab/window. We do this by simply clicking the drop down arrow next to Target and then selecting New Window.
Since we added this author, Mark Twain, in WooCommerce, and are selling his books, let’s go ahead and add a direct link to his books on our website. To do so, simply click a second time on Add Link. However, this time, for Type, let’s select Blog. In the Title box, let’s also do something different and type in Books. In the URL box, enter in the full direct link to the author on your website (e.g http://www.mysite.com/authors/mark-twain–get this by hovering over Products on the bottom left and then click on Author. Then, hover over Mark Twain and click View–this is the URL you need to copy here). For Target, it’s OK to keep it in the Same Window since anyone that clicks this link won’t be leaving our website.
Step 2f: Enter in Author’s Short Biography
Let’s spice things up even further by adding a mini biography of our author. Scroll down to the Biographical Info section and enter in as much information as you’d like for this author.
Step 2g: Save!
Now that we’ve added all the information we’d like to about our author, let’s save it so we can check it out. To do so, simply scroll to the top and on the right click Add Entry. Wait a moment until it you see the message informing you it has successfully saved.
Step 2h: View Newly Created Author in Directory
Let’s check out how this author now looks on our website. To do so, simply hover over Connections (on the bottom left) and click Manage. Then, hover over the author’s name and then click View.
Very nice! Lookin’ good!