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I am building a WP blog which will feature the work of many artists and I would like to show, for each post, the artist bio.

Since it is possible for an artist to have many posts over time on the blog, I don't want to insert the bio info directly inside the post and instead use a custom function to show it. This is why I was thinking about using the author meta data to store the info about the artist.

Doing this brings 2 questions:

  1. is there a hard limit to the number of authors (or reason not have a lot of authors)
  2. is there a reason not to do it this way? (or a better way to do it)
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  1. You can have as many authors as you'd like.

  2. If the artists are not the authors of the blog posts, I would consider using a custom taxonomy instead, because it would be a more accurate model.

EDIT As it's been pointed out in the comments, taxonomies don't have built-in meta data, and custom post types or users are sometimes easier to handle.

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    Taxonomies don't have built-in meta data, custom post types or users are sometimes easier to handle. – fuxia Sep 22 '12 at 9:55
  • Good point toscho, I'll include it in my answer. – Just Thomas Misund Sep 24 '12 at 3:37

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