A component is a separate application. Every time a Joomla page loads, one component is called to render the main page body. They manage their own databases in order to provide a special functionality and most components have two parts: a site part and an administrator part.
- by Jesús Vargas Garita
Once you have properly created your desired author instances (each attached to a specific user) in the backend, you can create different types of Author List menu items: