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=== Co-Authors Plus ===
Contributors: batmoo, danielbachhuber, automattic
Tags: authors, users, multiple authors, coauthors, multi-author, publishing
Tested up to: 3.4.2
Requires at least: 3.3
Stable tag: 3.0.3
Assign multiple bylines to posts, pages, and custom post types via a search-as-you-type input box
== Description ==
Assign multiple bylines to posts, pages, and custom post types via a search-as-you-type input box. Co-authored posts appear on a co-author's archive page and in their feed. Co-authors may edit the posts they are associated with, and co-authors who are contributors may only edit posts if they have not been published (as is core behavior).
Add writers as bylines without creating WordPress user accounts. Simply [create a guest author profile]( for the writer and assign the byline as you normally would.
On the frontend, use the [Co-Authors Plus template tags]( to list co-authors anywhere you'd normally list the author.
This plugin is an almost complete rewrite of the Co-Authors plugin originally developed at [Shepherd Interactive]( (2007). The original plugin was inspired by the 'Multiple Authors' plugin by Mark Jaquith (2005).
== Frequently Asked Questions ==
= How do I add Co-Authors Plus support to my theme? =
If you've just installed Co-Authors Plus, you might notice that the bylines are being added in the backend but aren't appearing on the frontend. You'll need to [add the template tags to your theme]( before the bylines will appear.
= What happens to posts and pages when I delete a user assigned to a post or page as a coauthor? =
When a user is deleted from WordPress, they will be removed from all posts for which they are co-authors. If you chose to reassign their posts to another user, that user will be set as the coauthor instead.
== Upgrade Notice ==
= 3.0.1 =
Bug fixes and minor enhancements
== Changelog ==
= 3.0.3 (Dec. 3, 2012) =
* Bug fix: The default order for the 'author' taxonomy should be 'term_order', in order for the author positions to stick. Props [lgedeon](
= 3.0.2 (Nov. 23, 2012) =
* Bug fix: Fall back to non-pretty permalinks when the author permastruct is empty, so that coauthors_posts_links() doesn't link to the homepage
= 3.0.1 (Nov. 21, 2012) =
* Add your own custom columns to the guest authors table using filters. Props [cfg](
* A new wp-cli subcommand for renaming co-authors and another for removing author terms mistakenly assigned to revisions
* Bug fix: Using a featured image for a guest author avatar didn't work. Now it does.
* Bug fix: Don't assign author terms to revisions to avoid unnecessary database bloat
* Bug fix: Make the coauthors_wp_list_authors() template tag work again
* Bug fix: Improve capability filtering by properly handling super admin access and situations where user_id = 0
* Minor UI enhancements for guest authors
= 3.0 (Nov. 12, 2012) =
* Create guest author profiles for bylines you'd like to assign without creating WordPress user accounts. Guest authors can have all of the same fields as normal users including display name, biography, and avatars.
* Support for non-Latin characters in usernames and guest author names
* wp-cli subcommands for creating, assigning, and reassigning co-authors
* For themes using core template tags like the_author() or the_author_posts_link(), you enable Co-Authors Plus support with a simple filter
* New author terms are now prefixed with 'cap-' to avoid collisions with global scope
* Bug fix: Apply query filters to only post_types registered with the taxonomy. Props [Tom Ransom](
* Filter coauthors_posts_link_single() with 'coauthors_posts_link'. Also adds rel="author". Props [Amit Sannad]( and [Gabriel Koen](
* Filter for the context and priorities of the Co-Authors meta boxes. Props [Tomáš Kapler](
* Renamed the post meta box for selecting authors so it applies to many post types. Props [John Blackbourn](
= 2.6.4 (May 7, 2012) =
* Bug fix: Properly filter the user query so users can AJAX search against the display name field again
* If https is used for the admin, also use the secure Gravatar URL. Props [rmcfrazier](
= 2.6.3 (Apr. 30, 2012) =
* AJAX user search is back to searching against user login, display name, email address and user ID. The method introduced in v2.6.2 didn't scale well
* French translation courtesy of Sylvain Bérubé
* Spanish translation courtesy of Alejandro Arcos
* Bug fix: Resolved incorrect caps check against user editing an already published post. [See forum thread](
= 2.6.2 (Mar. 6, 2012) =
* AJAX user search matches against first name, last name, and nickname fields too, in addition to display name, user login, and email address
* Comment moderation and approved notifications are properly sent to all co-authors with the correct caps
* Filter required capability for user to be returned in an AJAX search with 'coauthors_edit_author_cap'
* Filter out administrators and other non-authors from AJAX search with 'coauthors_edit_ignored_authors'
* Automatically adds co-authors to Edit Flow's story budget and calendar views
* Bug fix: Don't set post_author value to current user when quick editing a post. This doesn't appear in the UI anywhere, but adds the post to the current user's list of posts
* Bug fix: Properly cc other co-authors on new comment email notifications
* Bug fix: If a user has already been added as an author to a post, don't show them in the AJAX search again
* Bug fix: Allow output constants to be defined in a theme's functions.php file and include filters you can use instead
= 2.6.1 (Dec. 30, 2011) =
* Fix mangled usernames because of sanitize_key
= 2.6 (Dec. 22, 2011) =
* Sortable authors: Drag and drop the order of the authors as you'd like them to appear ([props kingkool68](
* Search for authors by display name (instead of nicename which was essentially the same as user_login)
* Option to remove the first author when there are two or more so it's less confusing
* Bumped requirements to WordPress 3.1
* Bug fix: Update the published post count for each user more reliably
= 2.5.3 (Aug. 14, 2011) =
* Bug fix: Removed extra comma when only two authors were listed. If you used the COAUTHORS_DEFAULT_BETWEEN_LAST constant, double-check what you have
= 2.5.2 (Apr. 23, 2011) =
* Bug: Couldn't query terms and authors at the same time (props nbaxley)
* Bug: Authors with empty fields (e.g. first name) were displaying blank in some cases
* Bug: authors with spaces in usernames not getting saved (props MLmsw, Ruben S. and others!)
* Bug: revisions getting wrong user attached (props cliquenoir!)
= 2.5.1 (Mar. 26, 2011) =
* Fix with author post count (throwing errors)
= 2.5 (Mar. 26, 2011) =
* Custom Post Type Support
* Compatibility with WP 3.0 and 3.1
* Gravatars
* Lots and lots and lots of bug fixes
* Thanks to everyone who submitted bugs, fixes, and suggestions! And for your patience!
= 2.1.1 (Oct. 16, 2009) =
* Fix for coauthors not being added if their username is different from display name
* Fixes to readme.txt (fixes for textual and punctuation errors, language clarification, minor formatting changes) courtesy of [Waldo Jaquith](
= 2.1 (Oct. 11, 2009) =
* Fixed issues related to localization. Thanks to Jan Zombik <> for the fixes.
* Added set_time_limit to update function to get around timeout issues when upgrading plugin
= 2.0 (Oct. 11, 2009) =
* Plugin mostly rewritten to make use of taxonomy instead of post_meta
* Can now see all authors of a post under the author column from Edit Posts page
* All authors of a post are now notified on a new comment
* Various javascript enhancements
* New option to allow subscribers to be added as authors
* All Authors can edit they posts of which they are coauthors
* FIX: Issues with wp_coauthors_list function
* FIX: Issues with coauthored posts not showing up on author archives
= 1.2.0 (Jun. 16, 2012) =
* FIX: Added compatibility for WordPress 2.8
* FIX: Added new template tags (get_the_coauthor_meta & the_coauthor_meta) to fix issues related to displaying author info on author archive pages. See [Other Notes]( for details.
* FIX: Plugin should now work for plugins not using the 'wp_' DB prefix
* FIX: Coauthors should no longer be alphabetically reordered when the post is updated
* FIX: Plugin now used WordPress native AJAX calls to tighten security
* DOCS: Added details about the new template tags
= 1.1.5 (Apr. 26, 2009) =
* FIX: Not searching Updated SQL query for autosuggest to search through first name, last name, and nickname
* FIX: When editing an author, and clicking on a suggested author, the original author was not be removed
* DOCS: Added code comments to javascript; more still to be added
* DOCS: Updated readme information
= 1.1.4 (Apr. 25, 2009) =
* Disabled "New Author" output in suggest box, for now
* Hopefully fixed SVN issue (if you're having trouble with the plugin, please delete the plugin and reinstall)
= 1.1.3 (Apr. 23, 2009) =
* Add blur event to disable input box
* Limit only one edit at a time.
* Checked basic cross-browser compatibility (Firefox 3 OS X, Safari 3 OS X, IE7 Vista).
* Add suggest javascript plugin to Edit Page.
= 1.1.2 (Apr. 19, 2009) =
* Disabled form submit when enter pressed.
= 1.1.1 (Apr. 15, 2009) =
* Changed SQL query to return only contributor-level and above users.
= 1.1.0 (Apr. 14, 2009) =
* Initial beta release.
== Installation ==
1. IMPORTANT: Please disable the original Co-Authors plugin (if you are using it) before installing Co-Authors Plus
1. Extract the file and upload its contents to the `/wp-content/plugins/` directory. Alternately, you can install directly from the Plugin directory within your WordPress Install.
1. Activate the plugin through the "Plugins" menu in WordPress.
1. Place the appropriate [co-authors template tags]( in your template.
1. Add co-authors to your posts and pages.
== Screenshots ==
1. "Authors" box with multiple authors added
2. Guest authors allow you to assign bylines without creating WordPress user accounts