Changing Post Authors
Instances could arise where you may need to reassign authors attributed to one or more of your WordPress posts.
- You have published posts that either you or someone else has written, where the assigned name is “admin”, or “guest author”, etc.
- Reassigning posts one author to another user,
- Importing content written by ghost writers that need to be reassigned either to your account or to other users,
- You delete an author from your site and want to assign attribution to other members,
Complete the tutorials below to learn all about the different ways you can assign the author of a post in WordPress.
How To Change Post Authors – Tutorial
You can add a new author to WordPress via the Users panel (Users > Add New) …
(WordPress – Users screen)
When a user assigned the role of author logs into the site and creates a post, the user is then attributed authorship of the post …
(Posts in WordPress are usually assigned authorship to the user that created it)!
We explain how to add authors and other user types and how to create posts in WordPress in other tutorials.
In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to change WordPress post authors using the following methods:
- Keeping the same author assigned to an item but changing the display name (i.e. the name displayed after ‘published by’),
- Attribute a post to another author in the Post Editor (make changes in individual posts),
- Assign a post to a different author using the Quick Editor (single post),
- Assign multiple posts to different authors using the Bulk Editor
- Transferring posts from a deleted author to another user.
Let’s go through each of these methods.
Method #1 – Keep The Same Author, Change The Author Name
Let’s say that you decide to edit the name being displayed on all the posts created by you to a different name.
The reason for this could be because:
- You were set up with a username like “admin” and you want the posts that you publish to display a different username,
- You would like to publish posts under an alias (i.e. a pen name),
So, for example, let’s say that all your posts look like this …
(Posts section – Post Author)
But you want to change the post author name to this …
(WP Posts section – Post Author)
Or maybe this …
(WP Posts section – Post Author)
If you want to change the author name displayed on all posts you have authored to something else, all you have to do is change your nickname (public display name) in your User Profile section. (Note: the method below will change the name on all your posts)
You can get to your Profile screen using various methods:
#1 – You can log into the WP Admin area and click on Users > All Users …
(Users – All Users)
Next, place your mouse over your user profile and click the ‘Edit’ link …
#2 – You can also click on Users > Your Profile from the WP main menu …
(WP Users menu – Your Profile)
#3 – You can also click on the ‘Howdy, Your Site Name’ tab at the top of your administration toolbar and select Edit My Profile …
(WordPress dashboard toolbar – Edit My Profile)
Using any of the methods shown above will bring you to the User Profile area …
In the Profile screen, (1) change the name in the Nickname field and (2) select this nickname from the drop menu in the ’Display name publicly as’ settings …
(User Profile area – Name)
Save your settings …
(Profile area – Update User button)
Your profile will now be updated with the new nickname …
(WP Edit Profile area – User updated notification)
All the posts you have authored will display under the new nickname …
(Table of Posts – Post Author)
Tip: Use this method to change the name displayed on your posts if you were assigned the username “admin” when your WordPress site was installed …
(Profile panel – Name section – Username)
To learn more about updating your WordPress user profile, go here:
Method #2 – Assign A Post In WordPress To Another Author
If your site allows multiple users to publish content, then you can assign post authorship to users as follows:
First, make sure that whoever you intend to assign posts to:
- Is a registered site user,
- Has a User Profile already configured, and
- Has been assigned a role other than “Subscriber” (e.g. “Author”, “Contributor”, etc).
How To Change Authorship On WordPress Posts – Bulk Post Editing
In your Posts screen, click on the author name of the posts you plan to make changes to …
(Posts – Author column)
This displays a list of all the posts assigned to the author …
(List of posts assigned to selected Author)
Select the posts you want to be assigned to another author from the Posts list, either by ticking the checkbox next to individual items or clicking the column header check box to select all items at once …
(Posts – Select Posts)
Choose ‘Edit’ from the Bulk Actions drop menu (1) and click Apply (2) …
(’Bulk Actions’ dropdown menu)
This displays the inline Bulk editor section. Find the Author options …
(Table Of Posts: Bulk editor – Author settings)
(1) Select the author you would like to assign the selected posts to from the Author section drop menu, and (2) click Update to save your new settings …
(Changing authors on posts – Bulk post changes)
Subscribers do not display in the ‘author’ menu. If you cannot locate the user that you want to assign as the new post author in the dropdown menu, then check to make sure that you have assigned a user level that is not subscriber.
All the posts you have edited should now display the new post author name …
(New post author)
Change Authors On Individual WordPress Posts
To change the post author for an individual post, select the item from the Table of Posts and click on Quick Edit …
(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)
The inline editor expands and displays the editing options. Choose a new author from the Author menu options and click Update to change your new settings …
(Quick Edit screen – Author dropdown menu)
Your post should now display with the new author …
(Post author changed)
You can also change post authors when creating or editing a post by scrolling down to the bottom of your Post editor screen and selecting a different post author from the Author box …
Tip: If the Author box is not showing below the post editor, then click on ‘Screen Options’ at the top of the “Edit Post” screen …
Tick the checkbox for Author ….
(Boxes – Author)
You should now be able to view the Author box below the Post editor area …
(‘Author’ dropdown menu)
Method #3 – Transfer Posts From Deleted Authors To Another Author
If a user is deleted from your site, you will be asked what to do with any content they have created.
To attribute all content from a deleted user to a different user, select ‘Attribute all content to:’, choose a new author from the drop-down menu …
(Users – Delete Users section)
Click Confirm Deletion …
(Confirm Deletion button)
All post content from a removed user will be reassigned to your selected user …
(WordPress Users panel)
Congratulations, now you know how to change post authors in WordPress.
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