Popular Authors


Popular Authors WordPress plugin is an addon for Top 10 that allows you display the top authors on your blog by page views.

The most popular authors can be displayed using either the block, shortcode or via the inbuilt widget. You can also use the function wzpa_list_popular_authors() to display popular authors programmatically.


  • Block: Add a Gutenberg block by searching for popular authors or author
  • Multi-widget capable: You can have several widgets of Popular Authors each with its own settings
  • Custom Time Range: List popular authors within a specific time range (eg. last 1 day, last 7 days, last 30 days, etc.)
  • Shortcode: Use the [wzpa_popular_authors] shortcode to display your most popular authors
  • Template tags: Use wzpa_list_popular_authors() to display the popular authors programmatically


Popular Authors is also available on Github
So, if you’ve got some cool feature that you’d like to implement into the plugin or a bug you’ve been able to fix, consider forking the project and sending me a pull request. Please don’t use that for support requests.


  • Popular Authors Widget settings


This plugin provides 1 block.

  • Popular Authors Show the list of popular authors


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 [wzpa_popular_authors], so you can embed it inside a post or a page
  4. Template tag: Use wzpa_list_popular_authors() to display the popular authors anywhere on your theme


Check out the FAQ on the plugin page and the FAQ on the WebberZone knowledgebase.
It is the fastest way to get support as I monitor the forums regularly. I also provide paid premium support via email.

How can I customise the output?

The main CSS class is:

  • wzpa_authors or wzpa_authors_daily: Class of the main wrapper div


Use [wzpa_popular_authors] to display the popular authors. Check this knowledge base article for shortcode parameters


پروری 12, 2022 1 reply
This is great plugin. Since I am using top 10 plugin I've found this plugin amazing. I found no alternative to this plugin. Good work developer. Thank you.
مئی 27, 2020
I want to thank the developer of this plugin as there was not even 1 free plugin to display the most popular or most read authors on a blog. I have a multi-author blog site which has many authors and I wanted to display to my readers who the most read author is It works similar to a popular posts plugin but for authors! Now I can properly give credit to the best authors on my website and my readers can also see clearly who the most read authors are! Thank you! You saved me a lot of money (i would have had to buy a paid plugin with yearly payments otherwise)
Read all 2 reviews

Contributors & Developers

“Popular Authors” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


Translate “Popular Authors” into your language.

Interested in development?

Browse the code, check out the SVN repository, or subscribe to the development log by RSS.



  • Security fix in block


Release post: https://webberzone.com/blog/popular-authors-1-1-0

  • Features:

    • New Gutenberg block. Find it by searching for popular authors or author
    • New settings tab added to Top 10 Settings page where global settings for this plugin can be configured
    • New setting to display the author avatar
    • New setting to cache the output. This option respects the cache settings of Top 10 and uses the similar transient names
  • Enhancements/Modifications:

    • An admin notice will be displayed if Top 10 v3 and above is not installed


  • Widget now has two additonal settings: Exclude admins and Show full names to make it easier to use


  • Initial release

For previous changelog entries please visit Github Releases page