I know it’s hard to believe, but before today I was a 26 year old WordPress plugin virgin. I thought my first time was going to be painful, but it actually went fairly smoothly.
Usually, when Jason is not busy punching evil, or inspecting bikinis, he is the one who installs the plugins. I was starting to become tired of being made fun of for not knowing how to install a plugin (Jason can be very mean), so I decided that I would go for it. After my first experience with it I can tell you that it really is as easy as he says it is.
The plugin is called User Bio Popup. The reason we installed it was because it was unclear to many people that there were two of us running this site. Now whenever one of our names is written into a post, a link will be placed on the name that leads to our bio. Let’s test this out…Aimee, Jason. The popup isn’t all that pretty at the moment, but that can easily be fixed by editing the css code in the ddub-template.php file.
This plugin is great for any site that has multiple authors. It’s important for us bloggers to create relationships with our readers and one of the best ways of doing that is by telling them who we are. If there’s anything I’ve learned in my days of being an Evil Female Wrestler, it’s that personality is a key ingredient for success.
So first I downloaded the .txt files and renamed them to .php files. I uploaded the dd-user-bio-popup.php file to the plugin directory, I uploaded the ddub-template.php to the folder that contains the active template that we are using. This folder should be inside your “Themes” directory.
Then all I had to do was activate the plugin, and set the photo directory (with the full URL including the final “/”) in the “Options” section and I was done. If you don’t already have a bio set up, just click on your “Users” tab, click on “edit” beside your username and enter your bio under “About the user”.
That’s it! It didn’t hurt at all!