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:
- Provide every contributor a unique archive page, just like regular WordPress authors do.
- Replace the WordPress author with the actual contributor name, rather than having a byline in the body text of a post.
- Allow the post editor to append as many authors as needed to fairly credit all contributors, while still giving them the aforementioned archive page.
- 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.