WordPress was created and is used primarily for blogging. While your business might be using WordPress, you will notice certain elements that appear on a page and don’t need to be there. One of these pieces of information is author information.
In many cases you may be looking to remove author details in WordPress — those pieces of information that told you who wrote the blog post and display a quick bio about them.
The following resource goes over some information to locate and remove the author information from your website as well as an easier solution to remove or hide the author details section from our WordPress themes.
Why would you want to hide the author details?
Sometimes it does not matter who is writing a blog post or event post. Consider that you belong in a business. If the idea is to provide people with information about an upcoming fundraiser you are doing, you may not need to tell people who it is that wrote the article.
On the other hand, if you are making magazine posts or journalistic posts, it might be good to inform people about which journalist or contributor wrote the article.
In any case, we make it super easy to show or hide the author box on our WordPress themes.
How to hide author details in WordPress
Every theme is developed somewhat differently, but thankfully WordPress uses standard names in its code to help determine where you need to go to remove your author information.
To find the file you will want to navigate to your loop.php or single.php file and find where the template for ‘author’ is grabbed. You will want to comment this out or remove it from the template entirely.
On our themes, this piece of code looks like this:
<?php get_template_part( ‘post’, ‘author’ ); // Author Details ?>
Make sure any code changes you make are being done in a child theme so that your changes are not lost when you update your theme.
To modify the author information, you will want to make sure you are looking for the post-author.php file. Make sure any changes you make to this file in the theme are taken care of from a child theme so that theme updates do not erase these changes. You will have to create a new post-author.php file within the child theme on your FTP.
How to hide or remove author details using our themes
With our themes activated, you can navigate to the Appearance > Theme Options tab and go to the General Tab.
From there, there will be a section to go in and change the author information.
You simply click on the slider to show or hide the author details. There are other pieces of content you can show or hide here as well, so try experimenting to see what happens!
Make sure you save the options page before leaving so that the changes are made on the actual WordPress website.
As mentioned, hiding the author details will make it so that you can make a post more “anonymous” than written by a specific user or contributor.
Themes that support the removal of author details:
- Simple Shop Pro WooCommerce theme
- Modern Business Pro WordPress theme
- Symphony Pro theme
- Journal Pro WordPress theme
- Capture Photography theme
- Socialize Pro Blog Theme
- Modern Real Estate WordPress Theme
- Epic Pro Responsive WordPress Theme
- Minimize Pro Responsive WordPress Theme