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How To Change Post Authors In WordPress

Assigning WordPress Posts To Other Authors

In the course of managing your website, there may be times when you may need to reassign post authors in WordPress.

These include:

Complete the step-by-step tutorials below to learn how to change WordPress post authors.

How To Change A Post Author – Tutorial

Users normally get assigned the role of ‘author’ in WordPress using the Users panel …

(Add user to WordPress)

When a user assigned the role of author logs into the site and creates a post, the creator of the post is then attributed authorship of the post …

(Published posts are normally assigned authorship to the user that created it)!

We explain how to add authors to WordPress in another tutorial.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to change authors assigned to WordPress posts using a number of different methods, like:

Let’s go through these methods.

Method #1 – Keep The Same Author, Change The Display Name

Let’s say that you want to change the name displaying on all the posts you’ve written to a different name.

The reason for this could be because:

So, for example, let’s say that your posts look like this …

(Posts – Post Author)

But you would like the name changed to this …

(Posts – Post Author)

Or even this …

(Posts screen – Post Author)

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 that shows on all of your posts)

You can access the Profile screen a number of ways:

#1 – You can log into the Admin area and click on Users > All Users

(Users – All Users)

Next, place your mouse over your name and click the ‘Edit’ link …

(Users screen – Edit)

#2 – Log into the Admin and click on Users > Your Profile

(Users – Your Profile)

#3 – You can also go to the ‘Howdy, Your Site Name’ tab at the top of your administration screen and click Edit My Profile 

(WP dashboard toolbar – Edit My Profile)

Using any of the methods shown above will bring up the Profile panel …

(WP Profile screen)

In the Profile panel, (1) change the name in the Nickname field to whatever name you want showing as the new post author and (2) select the new nickname you’ve just created from the drop-down menu in the ’Display name publicly as’ option …

(Profile panel – Name section)

Remember to click Update User to save your settings …

(Profile area – Update User button)

Your profile will now be updated with the new nickname …

(WP Profile screen – User updated)

All of your posts should display with the new nickname …

(Table of Posts – Post Author)

Use this method to change the name displayed on your posts if you were assigned the username “admin” when your WordPress site was originally installed …

(Profile area – Name – Username)

If you need help with updating the User profile, refer to this step-by-step tutorial:

Method #2 – Assign A Post To Another User

If your site allows multiple users to publish content, then you can assign post authorship to different users as follows:

First, make sure that whoever you intend to assign as the new post author:

(Edit Profile area: Name settings – Roles)

How To Make Bulk Authorship Changes

In your Posts screen,  click on the name of the author of the posts you plan to make changes to …

(Posts panel: Table of Posts – Author column)

This displays a list of all posts assigned to that author …

(Posts assigned to selected Author)

Select all posts you want assigned to another author from the Posts list, either by selecting the check box next to individual items or by clicking the check box on the column header to select all items …

(WordPress Table Of Posts – Selecting Posts)

Select ‘Edit’ from the Bulk Actions drop menu (1) and click the ‘Apply’ button (2) …

(Posts – ‘Bulk Actions’ dropdown menu)

The inline Bulk editor feature will show. Locate the Author options …

(Table Of Posts: Bulk Edit feature – Author menu)

Next, (1) Select the author you want to assign the selected posts to from the Author options, and (2) click the ‘Update’ button to save your new settings …

(Making bulk changes to post authors)

Subscribers do not appear in the ‘author’ menu. If you can’t see the user that you want to assign the posts to in the drop menu, then check to make sure that you have assigned a user level different than subscriber.

All the items you have edited should now display the new author name …

(Making bulk changes to post authors)

How To Change Single Post Authorship

To change post authorship for a single item, select the post from your Table of Posts and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

In the Quick Edit screen, choose a new author you would like your post to be assigned to from the Author drop menu and click the ‘Update’ button to save your settings …

(Inline editor section – Author menu)

Your post should now display with the new author …

(Table of Posts – Author column)

You can also change post authors while creating or editing a post by scrolling down to the bottom of your Post editor screen and selecting a new post author from the Author drop menu …

(Changing post authors in the Post editor area)

Tip: If the Author box is not showing below the post editor, then click on ‘Screen Options’ at the top right-hand corner of your “Edit Post” screen …

(‘Screen Options’ tab)

Enable the Boxes > Author option ….

(‘Screen Options’ tab: Author)

The Author box should be displayed below the Post editor …

(‘Author’ drop menu)

Method #3 – Attributing Posts To Another User (User Deletion)

If a user is deleted from your site, you will be asked what to do with any content that has been assigned to them.

To transfer all content from deleted users to other users, select  ‘Attribute all content to:’, choose a new user from the dropdown menu …

(Users – Delete Users)

Click Confirm Deletion

(Confirm Deletion button)

Post content from the deleted user will be attributed to your selected user …

(WordPress Users area)

Congratulations! Now you know how to change a WordPress post author.


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