August 24, 2014 at 9:24 pm #120847
ok, I have Co Authors Plug installed but it is not displaying the 2nd author on the post. Could it be that the Simple Edit plugin is preventing this?
Does anyone have a solution to adding a Co-Author to a post?August 24, 2014 at 11:15 pm #120858August 25, 2014 at 2:57 pm #120993
Thanks Summer. I did get Co-Author Plus to work once I installed the Genesis Co-Author Plus plugin. But unfortunately, this displays an ugly block of the Author bio near the top and bottom of each post. Not only was I not able to find a switch to turn this off, I have a bad feeling about using a such an old plugin for a large / complicated site. I am still trying to figure out a way to do this without having to worry about code and plugins breaking in the near future.
If anyone has a better method, do share please.August 25, 2014 at 4:31 pm #121012
Old plugin? Your definition of "old" confuses me... Co-Authors Plus was updated March 2014 and Genesis Co-Authors Plus was updated in February 2014. Both were updated a couple times between January and March, and both work with WP 3.9.2 and Genesis 2.1.2.
That said, on two of my sites I am using the most recent Co-Authors Plus, but I did go back to v1.0 of Genesis Co-Authors Plus because of a problem with their HTML5 rendering. It currently handles 15 regular WP users and another 20 Guest Authors no problem, and I still have 5-6 more regular users to convert to Guest Authors... all on a site with 10 years worth of content -- can't get much larger or more complicated than that! 🙂 And yes, converting the old not-in-use user accounts to Guest Authors is a slog, but for me, it's worth it in the security improvements.
That said I have not run into the problem you described with the author box appearing both above and below the content... are you sure you don't have a function that's adding that second author box?
August 25, 2014 at 10:25 pm #121050
I guess we interpret timelines differently lol. As we are rolling out a prety large and complicated sites, the last thing I want is to have to trouble shoot a plugin that only has 2000 installs, hence, probably bugs that have not been discovered and reported yet.
Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.7.1
Last Updated: 2014-2-23
I tend to stay away from plugins that have so few installs but this is a personal preference of course.August 25, 2014 at 11:31 pm #121057
LOL, and it never occurred to you that the reason for so few installs is because there are so few people who use that feature?
May I suggest that you look at the who the coders behind the plugin are, and not how tiny the niche is that their plugin serves? Co-Authors Plus only has 90k downloads. The number of people in that group who'd be using Genesis and be in need of a co-authors or guest authors solution is bound to be relatively tiny.
That, and Genesis Co-Authors Plus is a tiny plugin... there's 90 lines of code in version 1.0, and half of that is comments. version 1.3 only has 145 lines of code. Exactly how many errors do you think could still be found after 2 years?
Pippin Williamson has a handful of plugins that have less than a thousand downloads total... would you refuse to use any of those plugins because of that stat? Or how about several of Ron Rennick's plugins having less than a thousand downloads each? He's a contributor to WordPress core, and he works for Copyblogger. But those plugins I mentioned serve tiny niches of WP users/admins.
On the other end, Google XML Sitemaps has over 14 million downloads, but the thing was broken for an entire year before the dev started to get things sorted out... and there's an entire novel of missteps that can be catalogued about NextGEN Gallery and how impossible it's been to use for almost 2 years, ever since they updated from version 1 to version 2... yet it has over 10 million downloads, most of whom have been loudly complaining about in that 2 years.
You should try looking at other criteria for determining what plugins you'd use... otherwise you could be missing out on more than you realize.
August 26, 2014 at 12:53 am #121063
I understand what you are saying and yes, NextGen apparently was a nightmare to long time users. I find WP has a different vibe when it comes to development of plugins. Well, I can only compare it to the Drupal world.
Being someone who does not follow who the long time / big shot developers are, I rely on looking at the support tab of the plugin to see if the developers are responsive to questions and on user reviews. What other method do we have to gauge the risk factor when choosing a plugin right?
And if there are not that many people using it, chances are, the plugin will not be maintained. This is what I see over the last 10 yrs in the WP world. So, when rolling out a large site, I try to minimize things breaking from any sort of a plugin when possible.
Yes, plugins are great but only if they work after WP core upgrades 🙂August 26, 2014 at 1:22 am #121066
I'm actually more worried about the Genesis-focused plugins breaking after a Genesis update, but that might just be me, since it's already happened 3-4 times 🙂
I will say this, I depend on both Co-Authors Plus and Genesis Co-Authors Plus, to the point where if the Genesis one was ever abandoned, I'd seriously think about taking it over myself, and ask for help keeping the code clean. This isn't something I'd normally tend towards, but for this one, I would definitely make an exception because NO ONE else has ever done anything to make this work before he did, and what both these plugins do together was something I'd been looking for for 4 years. And I'd already contributed code to it so it would work only for guest authors 🙂
It still boggles my mind that there's no way to enable/disable author boxes by category... am I the only one who thinks that's an obvious use for controlling where author boxes show up? Can't do it in either Genesis or WP without creating a template or making a call in functions.
I really am tempted to add the code needed to make the author box appear on the guest author archives (currently it does not, but I can't see that it would be that hard to do).
October 11, 2017 at 8:37 pm #212443
Hi there, I know this post is a bit dated but I just discovered a simple fix to make Simple Edits work with Co-Authors Plus and wanted to share. You have to make a small adjustment in Simple Edits settings. In Simple Edits, in the Entry Meta (above content) field, change the default [post_author_posts_link] to [post_authors_post_link]. I am using Co-Authors Plus and Bill Erickson's updated diffchecker version: https://www.diffchecker.com/xesm1oru which you can read about in the comments here: https://www.billerickson.net/wordpress-post-multiple-authors.
Bill's code uses 'post_authors_post_link' which is why this small adjustment is needed to make both plugins work.
I'm not using Genesis Co-Authors Plus because I'm using Bill's code above instead.
Works perfectly! : )
(p.s. and thank you for the code, Bill!)
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