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Basic information

This article explains how to create a new author from Pangea CMS. After you create a new author:

  • A bio page for the author is automatically published on the public site.
  • The author can be added to content pages.

Open author settings

Go to the relevant section below:

Create a new author

Create a new author via Settings > Authors > Add new.

From the edit screen for a text content page, you can conveniently create a new author via Upload > Author. When you use this method, a separate dialog opens with the author settings, so you do not lose any unsaved work.

Edit an existing author

To update the settings for an existing author:

  1. Go to Settings > Authors.
  2. Select the last name for the author you want to edit.

Manage author settings

The following settings are available:

First name, Last name, and English name

Enter your name in the First name and Last name fields. You might enter your real name. Alternatively, if you need to remain anonymous, enter a pen name. If you go by a single name, enter it under Last name (this is the only required field).

Under English name, optionally enter an alternative name. This option is useful if your name uses non-Latin script, and you also want to provide a transliterated version. The English name is displayed internally in Pangea CMS (not on the public site).

Contributor ID

NOTE: This field is redundant for all entities except RFE/RL.

Under Contributor ID, optionally enter a valid contributor ID.

If a valid contributor ID is provided, the author can be assigned to content pages as a contributor.

NOTE: If you need a Contributor ID, contact the RFE/RL Finance Department.


Under Email, optionally provide a contact email address. If you tick Display Email, the email address is displayed on the public site. Otherwise, it is only displayed in Pangea CMS.

When Display Email is ticked, the email address is displayed:

Enable Display email only if you are happy to receive comment and opinion from readers.

Facebook username and X (Twitter) handle

Optionally provide links to social media profiles that are displayed in the following places on the public site:

Under Facebook username, optionally enter the username for your Facebook profile. If this field is filled, the Follow button is displayed on the public site.

Under X (Twitter) handle, optionally enter the handle (without @) for your X (Twitter) profile. If this field is filled, the Follow button is displayed on the public site.

The username / handle is available at the end of the public URL for the profile.

Highlight author

If you tick Highlight author, an author highlight box is automatically displayed on text content pages where you are added as an author.

To learn more about author highlight boxes, see the following article:

If you enable Highlight author, ensure you also add a Short description. Otherwise, the highlight box will not include a description.

Generate content

The Generate content setting is ticked by default.

Keep this option ticked to enable the following behavior:

To learn more about content page links on author bio pages, see the following article:


Under Description, provide a description / biography. The description is displayed on the author bio page. Although it is not required, we strongly recommend providing a description for every author.

Write the description in third person. At minimum, include your name (or pen name), job title, and the organization you represent, for example:

  • John Doe is a correspondent for RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service.

You might additionally mention:

  • Your specific experience and expertise
  • Your work history / professional background
  • Your interests
  • Special projects you have worked on
  • Your educational background and relevant qualifications
  • Any special awards and achievements
IMPORTANT: Only include information that you are comfortable sharing. If you need to remain anonymous, ensure you do not include information that might identify you personally.


NOTE: Before you can select an image to represent you on the public site, the image needs to be manually uploaded to Pangea CMS.

Under Image, hit Select content to choose an image to represent you on the public site.

You might use a real photo. If you need to remain anonymous, use your service logo. If you do not select an image, a generic avatar is displayed on the site (shown below).

To crop the image, hit the Crop the image button. This lets you adjust which portion of the image will be visible on the public site.

On the public site, the image will be displayed in a circular frame. This means the image you see in Pangea CMS does not exactly match what will be visible on the public site. We suggest using preview to check how the published image will look.

Short description

Under Short description, optionally provide a summarized version of the Description. Ideally, the short description should include no more than 2-3 sentences.

NOTE: If the main author description is relatively short, you might use the same text for the Description and Short description. However, it is necessary to manually add the text in both boxes.

The short description is not directly visible on the author bio page. Instead, it serves the following purposes:

Preview the bio page

As you make changes to the author settings, you can preview how these changes will affect your published bio page.

Use the options under Preview in the left panel to preview the bio page on devices with different screen sizes.

NOTE: It is not possible to open the preview until the Last name field is filled. This is the only required field in the author settings.

Set the status of the author

The following options are available in the Status drop-down menu:

  • Active: An active author can be added to content pages. When you run a search in Pangea CMS, active authors can be added as search filters.
  • Inactive: An inactive author cannot be added to new content pages. When you run a search in Pangea CMS, inactive authors cannot be added as search filters.

If you change the status of an author to Inactive, the author name is not removed from content pages. The author bio page also remains published on the public site. The Inactive status simply stops the author name from being added to more content pages.

Save changes

Hit Save or Save & close to publish your changes to the author settings.

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