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The author context

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

Context
Url
Template
Data
Body Classes

author

/author/:slug/

[{post}], {pagination}, {author}

.author-template, .author-:slug

author, paged

/author/:slug/page/2/

author-:slug.hbs, author.hbs, index.hbs

[{post}], {pagination}, {author}

.author-template, .author-:slug .paged

Description

Authors in Ghost each get their own page which lists out the posts that user wrote. You are 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 not set on posts or pages written by those authors, only on the list of posts for that author.

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 the user admin, no other part of the URL can be configured at present.

Templates

The default template for an author page is index.hbs.

You can optionally include an author.hbs file in your theme which will be used for author pages instead.

Additionally, you can provide a custom template for a specific author. If there is a author-:slug.hbs file with the :slug matching the user's slug this will be used instead.

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, you can 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 - the incremental ID of the author
  • name - the name of the author
  • bio - the bio of the author
  • location - the author's location
  • website - the author's website
  • twitter - the author's twitter username (twitter_url helper)
  • facebook - the author's facebook username (facebook_url helper)
  • profile_image - the profile image associated with the author (img_url helper)
  • cover_image - the author's cover image (img_url helper)
  • url - the web address for the tag's page (url helper)

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

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 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"}}. There's an example showing this in detail below.

The {{pagination}} helper is the best way to output pagination. This is fully customisable, see the pagination helper docs for details.

Example Code

<!-- Everything inside the #author tags pulls data from the author -->
{{#author}}
  <header>
  	{{#if profile_image}}
    	<img src="{{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}}
<!-- This is the post loop - each post will be output using this markup -->
{{#foreach posts}}
<article class="{{post_class}}">
	<header class="post-header">
		<h2><a href="{{url}}">{{title}}</a></h2>
	</header>
	<section class="post-excerpt">
		<p>{{excerpt words="26"}} <a class="read-more" href="{{url}}">...</a></p>
	</section>
	<footer class="post-meta">
		{{#if author.profile_image}}<img src="{{author.profile_image}}" alt="Author image" />{{/if}}
		{{author}}
		{{tags prefix=" on "}}
		<time class="post-date" datetime="{{date format='YYYY-MM-DD'}}">{{date format="DD MMMM YYYY"}}</time>
	</footer>
</article>
{{/foreach}}

author

The author context