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Add an author bar to a page

Applies to:
All MindTouch Versions
Role required:
Use custom CSS to personalize your documentation with details about the author or show article stats.

A custom author bar can display the author's image, name, job title, and company.

Screenshot of an author bar


  • Admin access to Expert
  • Capability to add custom site CSS to the Control Panel

Create a custom classification for your authors

  1. Navigate to Site tools > Control Panel > Systems Settings > Classifications.
  2. Create a custom Classification "authorname" for your site authors. If you have an existing author Classification to use, modify the reference the Dekiscript code example below to match.
  3. Add the following eexample code into your custom content header template located at /Template:Custom/Views/ContentHeader, and modify as needed.
    var tagList = map.keyvalues(page.tags);
    var authorName = '';
    // Add author information in this object. Replace the existing names and information with your own.
    var authors = {
        "theresam": {
            "name": "Theresa Manzo",
            "nameurl": "",
            "nametitle": "Product Manager",
            "companyname": "MindTouch",
            "companyurl": "",
            "pictureurl": ""
        "lilym": {
            "name": "Lily Moessel",
            "nameurl": "",
            "nametitle": "Documentation Architect",
            "companyname": "MindTouch",
            "companyurl": "",
            "pictureurl": ""
    // End author information
    // Look through the page's tag list, find the one for 'authorname', display the bar with the correct information
    foreach(var tag in tagList where string.contains(tag.key, 'authorname:')) {
        var authorName = string.replace(, 'authorname:', '', true);
        if(authorName) {
            <div class="mt-author-container">
                    // Only show the image if there is a URL defined
                    if (authors[authorName].pictureurl) {
                        <li class="mt-author-image mt-author-image-crop"><img src=(authors[authorName].pictureurl) title=(authors[authorName].name) /></li>
                    <li class="mt-author-information">
                        <span class="mt-author-written"> 'Written by ' </span>
                        if(authors[authorName].nameurl) {
                            <a rel="external" target="_blank" href=(authors[authorName].nameurl)> authors[authorName].name </a>
                        } else {
                    // Only show this section if a companyname is set
                    if(authors[authorName].companyname) {
                        <li class="mt-author-companyname">
                            if(authors[authorName].nametitle) {
                                <span class="mt-author-nametitle">
                                    <span> authors[authorName].nametitle </span>
                                    <span> ' at ' </span>
                            if(authors[authorName].companyurl) {
                                <a rel="external" target="_blank" href=(authors[authorName].companyurl)> authors[authorName].companyname </a>
                            } else {
                                <span> authors[authorName].companyname </span>
  4. Save your page after updating your author information in the var authors object. You will need to use your Classification tag to identify each author in the object.
    Screenshot of author object in dekiscript code
  5. If you called your custom classification by a different prefix, then you will need to update references to authorname in the following piece of code with the prefix of the classification you are using.
    Screenshot of the author classification reference
  6. Navigate to Site tools > Control Panel > Branding > Custom Site CSS.
  7. In the All Roles CSS text field, add the following CSS.
    /* author bar */
    .mt-author-container {
        background: @secondary-container-background-color;
        border: 1px solid @secondary-container-border-color;
        border-radius: @border-radius-default;
        clear: both;
        color: @tertiary-font-color;
        font-size: 85%;
        margin: 0 0 1em;
        overflow: hidden;
        padding: .5em 1em;
    .mt-author-container ul {
        list-style: none;
        margin: 0;
        padding: 0;
    .mt-author-container .mt-author-image {
        float: left;
        margin: 0 1em 0 0;
    .mt-author-container .mt-author-image-crop {
        border: 1px solid @primary-container-border-color;
        border-radius: 50%;
        height: 3em;
        overflow: hidden;
        position: relative;
        width: 3em;
    .mt-author-container .mt-author-image-crop img {
        display: inline;
        height: 100%;
        margin: 0 auto;
        width: auto;
    .mt-author-container img {
        max-height: 3em;
        max-width: 3em;
        vertical-align: middle;
  8. Click Save.

To verify your author bar works, navigate to an article with an author already assigned and you should see your new author bar.


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