[RETIRED] This WordPress plugin generates a sidebar widget that allows you to list all of the authors on a multi-author site with their descriptions (i.e. bios) and links to respective archives.
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A Very Simple Author List Widget


A simple, lightweight widget that allows you to display site authors with details (descriptions, bios, titles, etc.) and with or without their Gravatar images. Names and Gravatars are directly linked to author archive pages. A handy plugin for multi-author blogs.


  1. Upload the authors-list-widget folder and its contents to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress
  3. Go to the Appearance > Widget page, place the widget in your sidebar, and adjust the settings as needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do the author details come from?

This text is pulled from the "Biographical Info" field in each users' profile in the WordPress admin area.

What Gravatar sizes are available? Can they be hidden?

Gravatar display is optional and you can choose to display them at 16, 32, or 48 pixels.

Can I exclude authors from the list?

Absolutely! Simply type the user login of each user you want to remove from the list (comma separated, no spacecs) in the "Exclude these users" field of the widget settings.

How do I adjust styles?

The css contained in the style.css file is relatively basic (largely designed to suit the Twenty Twelve theme as a default). Adjust as you see fit, but be sure to back up your changes if you update or reinstall the plugin.

Is it localized?

Yes, but no translations are available quite yet.

Aren't there already a thousand other author list widgets out there?

Probably. But this one doesn't weigh you down with excessive options. No fuss, no muss.



  • Plugin initial release.

Author Information

This plugin was originally created by Mandi Wise.


Copyright (c) 2013, Mandi Wise

The "A Very Simple Author List Widget" is licensed under the GPL v2 or later.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 2, as published by the Free Software Foundation.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin St, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA