The byline is the author name, the name of the person who presumably wrote and published the article, who the article is “by.” In traditional media, this is a coveted credit. In traditional newspapers, a byline was a sign you’d made it into the big time, a published writer.
On most of my sites, my author byline is “Lorelle VanFossen.” On others, it’s just “Lorelle.”
What is yours?
In this Blog Exercise, I want you to check what your author display name (byline) is and consider changing it.
In WordPress, the author name is set in the Users > My Profile. It is set in Display name publicly as. Unless set, WordPress uses the user’s login name, often a funny mashed up word with no spaces, or the default “admin.”
By default, WordPress.com does not display the author’s name as a byline under the post title on most Themes until there is a second author. The assumption is that if this is your site, you’re the only author, why should your name be under every post.
As you set your author name, consider what your identity is on the site. Are you your name? First name only or both names? Maybe only your last name. Are you the administrators of the site? Are you a voice on a team with no personal identification? Is it more important you have a nickname? Do you need to blog anonymously?
NOTE: If you are on WordPress.com or working with a WordPress Theme that does not display the author byline unless there is more than one contributing user, consider adding a second user with author privileges to your site. It doesn’t have to be a real person. It requires a second email address or the use of the plus feature to change your email to appear different from the original such as with Gmail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Gmail ignores everything after the plus, but WordPress considers it a different email address.
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