Custom taxonomy is created and accessed through the post editor.

Custom taxonomy is created and accessed through the post editor.

When you’re using WordPress to run a massive publishing site with hundreds of contributors, many of whom might only contribute a handful of posts in a year, at some point you need more flexibility in managing the author/user environment.

In creating Byline, a simple plugin for creating a separate taxonomy for post contributors, I wanted to achieve a few things:

  1. Provide every contributor a unique archive page, just like regular WordPress authors do.
  2. Replace the WordPress author with the actual contributor name, rather than having a byline in the body text of a post.
  3. Allow the post editor to append as many authors as needed to fairly credit all contributors, while still giving them the aforementioned archive page.
  4. Make the plugin work without modifying the theme templates or creating short codes. In other words, be as “native” as possible.

I think that’s been achieved with Byline.

Try it out and let me know what you think. I have only done limited testing, and this is my first official plugin, so feedback would be great at this point.