Today, I released the first public version of the Co-Authors Plus plug-in for WordPress, which allows multiple authors to be added to Posts and Pages. The plug-in is an extension of the Co-Authors plug-in created by Weston Ruter.
The plug-in is a result of a this conversation, namely how to deal with users as your userbase grows, a genuine problem facing newspapers, magazines, and community sites using WordPress, and a problem I’ve been toying with for a while now while working on website for The Boar.
Currently, WordPress allows only a single author per Post/Page. Weston’s plugin fixed that problem. However, the other design problem it failed to overcome was the usage of drop-downs to assign users to Posts/Pages. Once you scale up to 10+ users, this starts to become unmanageable (and when you start pushing 100+ it really becomes a problem).¬† Granted, the typical blog would not deal with this problem. Granted, the design is only a problem when you dealing with a large number of users, and therefore not something the average blog would worry about.
So, what’s the main difference between Co-Authors and Co-Authors Plus?
Find it here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/co-authors-plus/