Changing A Post Author In WordPress
There could be situations when you may need to reassign WordPress post authors.
- Changing the name associated with all the posts that either you or someone else has written, where the assigned name is “admin”, or “guest author”, etc.
- Reassigning post authorship from one user to another,
- You import posts written by ghost writers and have to publish the content under your name or assign it to the account of other users,
- Deleting a user from your site and rerouting attribution to other members,
Go through the tutorials below to learn all about the different ways to edit a post author in WordPress.
Assigning WordPress Posts To A Different Author – Tutorial
You can add new authors to WordPress in the Users screen …
(WordPress – Users panel)
When the user logs into WordPress and creates a post, authorship of that post is then attributed to them …
(Posts are typically assigned authorship to the user that created it)!
We cover how to add authors and how to create posts in WordPress in separate tutorials.
In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to change authors assigned to WordPress posts using different methods, like:
- Changing the display name of a post author,
- Assigning posts to different authors using the Post Editor (individual post change),
- Reassigning a post to a different author in the Quick Editor (single posts),
- Assigning multiple posts to a different author using the ’Bulk Actions’ function
- Transferring posts from a deleted user to a different author.
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 displaying on all the posts you’ve written to a different name.
The reason for this could be because:
- You were set up with a username like “admin” and you would like to publish posts under your real name,
- You would like to publish posts under a pen name,
So, for example, let’s say that your posts look like this …
(Posts – Post Author)
But you want the author name changed to this …
(Posts – Post Author)
Or maybe 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 public display name (nickname) in your User Profile settings. (Note: the method below changes the author name displayed all your posts)
You can access your Profile screen using various methods:
#1 – Log into the WP Dashboard and click on Users > All Users …
(Users – All Users)
Hover over your name and click the ‘Edit’ link …
( Username > Edit link)
#2 – You can also click on Users > Your Profile in the WP Dashboard menu …
(Users – Your Profile)
#3 – You can also go to the ‘Howdy, Your Site Name’ tab at the very top right-hand corner of your admin toolbar and click on Edit My Profile …
(WP admin toolbar – Edit My Profile)
Using all of the methods shown above will bring up the User Profile panel …
Enter a new Nickname (1) and (2) select this nickname from the drop menu in the Display name publicly as field …
(Profile area – Name section)
Update your settings …
(WP Profile area – Update User button)
Your profile will now be updated with the new nickname …
(Edit User Profile area – User updated)
Go back to the Table of Posts and you should see that all of the posts you have authored are now displayed under the new nickname …
(Posts – Post Author changed)
Use this method to change the name associated with your posts if you were set up with the username “admin” when your WordPress site was installed …
(Edit User Profile screen – Name – Username)
To learn more about how to update the WordPress user profile, refer to this tutorial:
Method #2 – Assign Posts To Other Authors
If you allow multiple users to publish content on your site, then you can assign post authorship to users as follows:
First, make sure that whoever you plan to assign post authorships to:
- Is a registered user,
- Has a User Profile already set up, and
- Has been assigned any role other than “Subscriber” (e.g. “Author”, “Editor”, etc).
(WordPress User Roles)
Making Bulk Changes To Post Authors
In your Posts panel, 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 they have written …
(Posts filtered by Author)
Select the posts you would like to be assigned to a different author from the Posts list, either by ticking the check box next to individual post items or by clicking the check box on the column header to select all items …
(Posts panel: Table of Posts – Select Posts)
Select ‘Edit’ from the Bulk Actions drop-down menu (1) and click Apply (2) …
(WordPress Table Of Posts – ‘Bulk Actions’ menu)
The inline Bulk editor feature expands. Find the Author settings …
(WP Table Of Posts: Bulk editor – Author menu)
Next, (1) Select the author you would like to assign the selected posts to from the Author options, and (2) click Update to save your settings …
(Making bulk post author changes)
Subscribers do not appear in the ‘author’ menu. If you cannot see the user that you want to assign the posts to in the drop-down menu, then check to make sure that you have assigned a user level higher than subscriber.
All the items you have selected should now display the new post author name …
(Making bulk post author changes)
Change Authors For Individual Posts
To change the post author for an individual item, select the item from the Table of Posts and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …
(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)
In the Quick Edit area, select a user you would like post authorship assigned to from the Author menu options and click Update to save your new changes …
(Quick Edit section – Author dropdown menu)
Your post will now display with the new author …
(Table of Posts – Author column)
You can also change the author of the post when creating or editing posts by selecting another author from the Author drop menu below your Post editor screen …
Tip: If the Author section is not showing below the post editor, then click on ‘Screen Options’ at the top of your “Edit Post” screen …
(‘Screen Options’ tab)
Enable Boxes > Author ….
(Author – Screen Options)
You should now be able to see the Author box below the Post editor …
(‘Author’ dropdown menu)
Method #3 – Transfer Posts From Deleted Authors To A Different Author
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 attribute content from removed users to different users, select ‘Attribute all content to:’, choose a new user from the dropdown menu …
(WordPress Users – Delete Users screen)
Click the ‘Confirm Deletion’ button …
(Users: Delete Users – Confirm Deletion)
All post content from a removed user will be reassigned to the selected user …
(WordPress Users area)
Congratulations! Now you know how to change a WordPress post author.
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