Developer docs

Author

Use: {{#is "author"}}{{/is}} to detect this context

Authors in Ghost each get their own page which outputs a list of posts that were published by that author. You’re in the author context when viewing the page thats lists all posts written by that user, as well as subsequent pages of posts. The author context is only set on the list of posts, and not on the individual post itself.

Routes

The default URL for author pages is /author/:slug/. The author context is also set on subsequent pages of the post list, which live at /author/:slug/page/:num/. The slug part of the URL is based on the name of the author and can be configured in admin. To change the author URL structure, use routing.

Templates

The default template for an author page is index.hbs or you can use an author.hbs file in your theme to customise the author pages.

To provide a custom template for a specific author, name the file using author-:slug.hbs, file with the :slug matching the user’s slug. For example, if you have an author ‘John’ with the url /author/john/, adding a template called author-john.hbs will cause that template to be used for John’s list of posts instead of author.hbs, or index.hbs.

These templates exist in a hierarchy. Ghost looks for a template which matches the slug (author-:slug.hbs) first, then looks for author.hbs and finally uses index.hbs if neither is available.

Data

When in the author context, a template gets access to 3 objects: the author object which matches the route, an array of post objects and a pagination object. As with all contexts, all of the @blog global data is also available.

Author object

When outputting the author attributes, use a block expression ({{#author}}{{/author}}) to drop into the author scope and access all of the attributes. See a full list of attributes below:

Author object attributes

  • id — incremental ID of the author
  • name — name of the author
  • bio — bio of the author
  • location — author’s location
  • website — author’s website
  • twitter — the author’s twitter username
  • facebook — the author’s facebook username
  • profile_image — the profile image associated with the author
  • cover_image — author’s cover image
  • url - web address for the tag’s page

Post list

Each of the posts can be looped through using {{#foreach posts}}{{/foreach}}. The template code inside the block will be rendered for each post, and have access to all of the post object attributes.

Pagination

The best way to output pagination is to use the pagination helper — the pagination object provided is the same everywhere.

Helpers

The {{#author}}{{/author}} block expression is useful for accessing all of the author attributes. Once inside the author you can access the attributes and use helpers like {{img_url}} and {{url}} to output the author’s details.

Using {{#foreach posts}}{{/foreach}} is the best way to loop through your posts and output each one. If you’re using the Members feature, consider the content visibility of your posts.

If your theme does have a tag.hbs and author.hbs file all outputting similar post lists to index.hbs you may wish to use a partial to define your post list item, e.g. {{> "loop"}}.

<!-- author.hbs -->

<!-- Everything inside the #author tags pulls data from the author -->
{{#author}}
  <header>
  	{{#if profile_image}}
    	<img src="{{img_url profile_image}}" alt="{{name}}'s Picture" />
    {{/if}}
  </header>

  <section class="author-profile">
  	<h1 class="author-title">{{name}}</h1>
    {{#if bio}}<h2 class="author-bio">{{bio}}</h2>{{/if}}

    <div class="author-meta">
      {{plural ../pagination.total empty='No posts' singular='% post' plural='% posts'}}
     </div>
  </section>
{{/author}}

<main role="main">
    <!-- includes the post loop - partials/loop.hbs -->
    {{> "loop"}}
</main>

<!-- Previous/next page links - displayed on every page -->
{{pagination}}