Reassigning Posts To Another User
There may be situations where you may need to change the author assigned to one or more of your WordPress posts.
- Changing the name associated with all the posts that either you or someone else has written, where the assigned name is “admin”, or “editor”, etc.
- Reassigning posts one author to another user,
- Importing posts written by ghost writers that have to be published under your name or published under other author accounts,
- Deleting an author from your site and attributing attribution to other members,
Go through the tutorials below to learn how to assign the author of a post in WordPress.
Changing WordPress Post Authors – Step-By-Step Tutorial
A user gets assigned the role of ‘author’ in WordPress via the Users panel (Users > Add New) …
(Users screen – WordPress)
When the user logs into WordPress and creates a post, the user is then attributed authorship of the post …
(Posts in WordPress are normally assigned authorship to the user that created it)!
We explain how to add authors and other user types to WordPress in a separate tutorial.
In this step-by-step tutorial, we show you how to change authors in WordPress posts using various methods, like:
- Keep the same author assigned to an item but change their display name,
- Reassign a post to another author using the Post Editor panel (change individual post),
- Assign posts to different authors in the Quick Editor (single post),
- Assigning multiple posts to a different author using the Bulk Edit feature
- Transferring posts to another author (user deletion).
Let’s go through these methods.
Method #1 – Same Author, Different Name
Let’s say that you need to change the name displaying on all the posts created by you to a different name.
There could be various reasons for doing this. It could be because:
- You were set up as “admin” and you want to publish posts using a different username,
- You would like to publish posts using an alias,
So, for example, let’s say that your posts look like this …
(WP Posts screen – Post Author)
But you would like to change the author name to this …
(Posts screen – Post Author)
Or perhaps this …
(Posts – Post Author)
To change the author name displayed on all your posts to something else, all you have to do is change your nickname (public display name) in your User Profile section. (Note: this will change the author name displayed all of your posts)
You can get to your Profile screen using various methods:
#1 – You can log into the WP Dashboard and click on Users > All Users …
(Users Menu – All Users)
Next, place your mouse over your user profile and click the ‘Edit’ link …
( Edit link)
#2 – You can also click on Users > Your Profile from the WordPress Dashboard menu …
(Users menu – Your Profile)
#3 – You can also click on the ‘Howdy, Your Site Name’ tab on the top right-hand corner of your administration screen and select Edit My Profile …
(Howdy, Your Site Name – Edit My Profile)
Using all of the methods shown above will bring up the User Profile area …
Enter a new Nickname (1) and (2) select this nickname from the dropdown menu in the Display name publicly as option …
(Profile panel – Name settings)
Update your new settings …
(Profile area – Update User)
Your profile will be updated with your new nickname …
(User Profile screen – User updated confirmation message)
All the posts you have created will display under the new nickname …
(Posts – Change Post Author)
Tip: Use this method to change the name assigned to your posts if you were set up with the username “admin” when your WordPress site was originally installed …
(WordPress Edit Profile area – Name settings – Username)
To learn more about changing the User profile, see this tutorial:
Method #2 – Assign Post Authors To Other Users
If you allow multiple users to publish content on your site, then you can assign post authorship to different users as follows:
First, make sure that whoever you want to assign posts to:
- Is a registered user,
- Has a User Profile already configured, and
- Has been assigned any role other than “Subscriber” (e.g. “Author”, “Administrator”, etc).
(Profile panel: Name – User Role options)
How To Make Bulk Authorship Changes
In your Posts screen, locate the name of the author of the posts you plan to make changes to and click on the name …
(WordPress Table Of Posts – Author column)
This brings up a list of the posts they have written …
(List of posts filtered by Author)
Select all the posts you want to assign to another author from the Posts list, either by ticking the check box next to individual post items or click the checkbox on the column header to select all items …
(Posts panel: Table of Posts – Post selection check box)
Select ‘Edit’ from the Bulk Actions drop menu (1) and click Apply (2) …
(WP Table Of Posts – ‘Bulk Actions’ menu)
This brings up the Bulk Edit section. Find the Author options …
(WP Posts screen: Bulk editor – Author settings)
Next, (1) Select the author you want to assign the selected posts to from the Author options, and (2) click Update to update your new changes …
(Making bulk changes to post authors)
Subscribers do not display in the ‘author’ menu. If you can’t see the user that you would like to assign as the new author of your selected posts in the dropdown menu, then check to make sure that you have assigned a user role that is not subscriber.
The new author name should now be displaying for all the posts you have edited …
(Changing authors on multiple items)
Changing Authors For Individual Posts In WordPress
To change post authorship for an individual post item, select the post from your Table of Posts and click on Quick Edit …
(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)
The inline editor expands and displays all the editing options. Choose the new author you want to assign post authorship to from the Author options and click Update to update your settings …
(Inline editor section – Author menu)
The new author name should now display for the item you have edited …
(Posts screen: Table of Posts – Author column)
You can also change the post author when creating or editing posts by scrolling down to the bottom of your Post editor screen and selecting a different post author from the Author dropdown menu …
(‘Author’ drop-down menu)
Tip: If the Author box is not showing below the post editor, then click the ‘Screen Options’ tab in the top corner of the “Edit Post” screen …
Select Boxes > Author ….
(Screen Options: Boxes – Author option)
You should now be able to view the Author box below the Post editor …
(‘Author’ drop menu)
Method #3 – How To Transfer Posts From Deleted Users To Another Author
If you remove a user from your site, you will be asked what to do with the content owned by the user.
To transfer all content from deleted users to other users, select ‘Attribute all content to:’, choose a new user from the dropdown menu …
(WordPress Users – Delete Users)
Click the ‘Confirm Deletion’ button …
(Confirm Deletion button)
Post content from a removed user will be reassigned to the new author …
(WordPress Users panel)
Congratulations! Now you know how to change a WordPress post author.
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