How to List Top 5 Authors by Number of Posts

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Are you looking for a way to list the top 5 authors in order by the number of posts? While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that you can use to list top 5 authors by number of posts in WordPress.


All you have to do is add this code to your theme’s index.php file:

<?php foreach ( get_users('order=DESC&orderby=post_count&number=5') as $user ) : ?>

    <?php echo $user->display_name; ?> (<?php echo $user->post_count; ?> Posts)

<?php endforeach; ?>

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly copy / paste code snippets in WordPress, so you don’t accidentally break your site.

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  1.  It works, but $user->post_count returns nothing…instead of $user->post_count you should use echo count_user_posts( $user->ID ) to display author’s posts count

  2. ????????? ??????? March 18, 2011 at 6:22 am

    great .. but didn’t work ..

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