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Add authors not users


With “Add Authors Not Users” users can add guest author names to posts and pages, without the obligation to add them as registered users.

While guest posting is a very common practice , WordPress configuration is such as adding guest post authors’ name can be time consuming and burdensome.

Users have to add the guest author as a user first, which includes adding his email, making sure he or she has the right permissions and only then it is possible to define the user as the author of the post or article. In short, registering users can be time consuming especially if you have many guest posts.

With this WordPress plugin everything become super simple. It adds a guest author box to the post dashboard where the user can determine the author’s name.

The guest author name will be saved to the post metadata and the metadata value will override the user’s name for the specific post.

This plugin is undoubtedly the most simple and straightforward solution to change guest author name by adding the author box to WordPress dashboard.

Brief description: add a guest author name without needing to register a new user.
This plugin adds a metabox in post dashboard with a guest author name field.


  • Screen shot of the metabox


  1. Upload add-authors-not-users.php to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress


Installation Instructions
  1. Upload add-authors-not-users.php to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
Is “Add Authors Not Users” free ?

Yes “Add Authors Not Users” is free and will always be free.

Will the article appear in the archive of the user who published the post ?

Yes, it will appear in the user’s archive but the name will be the guest author’s name. It is recommended to publish all guest articles under a user called “Guest” so the archive url will look like this


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Contributors & Developers

“Add authors not users” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




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