The MTV News editorial team uses WordPress to publish their posts, and as the team grew and started contributing a wider variety of content, their back-end WordPress tools desperately needed improvement.
While the long-form content and interactive posts for each story would have a variety of contributors from main authors, secondary authors, photo and video credits, etc., the back-end tools had no way to support multi-author posts.
My team worked together to solve how the WordPress tools system handles posts with a single author, two authors, three-plus authors, and artists credits.
Without the tools they needed, the editorial team was forced to create a new author profile in the WordPress back-end combining their names every time they published a multi- author post. This hurts the author in many ways:
- No Visual Representation - Combined name accounts don't have author images which are important to the design and the users for scanability
- Missing Posts from Author Hub - Each author has a hub page linked to all of their work, but combined name accounts don't link to the author's hub page
- Missing Credits for Artists - Contributing artists like photographers, videographers, etc. don’t have any way to be automatically credited for their work and have to be manually entered in each post, resulting in inconsistent designs and credits on each post page
Given the wide variety of scenarios possible for a post (one main author with three assistant authors, two main authors with artist credits, twelve main equal authors, etc.), we provided 3 solutions: