WordPress install (the easy way)

  1. Navigate to Plugins within your WordPress Admin Area
  2. Click “Add new” and in the search box enter “Popular Authors”
  3. Find the plugin in the list (usually the first result) and click “Install Now”

Manual install

  1. Download the plugin
  2. Extract the contents of popular-authors.zip to wp-content/plugins/ folder. You should get a folder called popular-authors
  3. Activate the Plugin in WP-Admin


Popular Authors can be used in four ways:

  1. Block: Add a Gutenberg block by searching for popular authors or author
  2. Widget: Simply drag and drop “Popular Authors” widget into your theme’s sidebar and configure it
  3. Shortcode [[pa_popular_authors], so you can embed it inside a post or a page
  4. Template tag: Use pa_list_popular_authors() to display the popular authors anywhere on your theme