How To Change A Post Author
Instances could arise where you may need to change authors assigned to one or more posts on your site.
- You have published posts written either by yourself or another user, where the assigned name is “admin”, or “editor”, etc.
- Attributing post authorship from one author to another user,
- You import posts written by outsourced article writers and want to publish the content under your name or assign it to another author’s account,
- You delete a user from your site and want to assign authorship to existing members,
Go through the step-by-step tutorials below to learn how to reassign a WordPress post author.
Changing WordPress Post Authors – Tutorial
Users are typically added to WordPress via the Users screen …
(WordPress – Users panel)
When a user assigned the role of author logs into the site and creates a post, authorship of the post is then attributed to them …
(Posts are typically assigned authorship to the user that created it)!
We explain how to add authors and how to create posts in WordPress in separate tutorials.
In this tutorial, we show you how to change post authors in WordPress using various methods, like:
- Changing the ’published by:’ name of an author,
- Attributing a post to another author using the Post Editor screen (make change in single posts),
- Attribute posts to different authors using the Quick Edit section (single posts),
- Attribute multiple posts to other authors using the Bulk Edit feature
- Transferring posts from a deleted author to another user.
Let’s go through each of these methods.
Method #1 – Change The Display Name On Your Posts
Let’s say that you want to edit the name being displayed on all posts you’ve created to a different name.
The reason for this could be because:
- You were set up as ”admin” or “editor” and you would like your published posts to display a different username,
- You would like to publish posts under a pen name,
So, for example, let’s say that all your posts look like this …
(WordPress Posts section – Post Author)
But you would like to change the post author name to this …
(Posts – Post Author)
Or perhaps this …
(Posts – 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 section. (Note: this changes the author name on all of your posts)
You can get to the Profile screen using various methods:
#1 – Log into your Admin section and click on Users > All Users …
(Users – All Users)
Hover over your name and click Edit …
(Users – Username > Edit)
#2 – Log into your WP Dashboard and click on Users > Your Profile …
(Users menu – Your Profile)
#3 – You can also click on the ‘Howdy, Your Site Name’ tab on the top right-hand corner of your dashboard screen and select Edit My Profile …
(Howdy, Your Site Name – Edit My Profile)
Any of the above methods will bring up the User Profile area …
In the User Profile area, (1) change the name in the Nickname field and (2) select this nickname from the drop-down menu in the Display name publicly as option …
(WP Profile screen – Name settings)
Remember to click the ‘Update User’ button to save your settings …
(WP Profile screen – Update User button)
Your profile will be updated with your new nickname …
(WordPress Edit User Profile area – User updated)
All the posts you have created will now display with the new nickname …
(Posts section – Change Post Author)
Use this method to change the name assigned to your posts if you were assigned the username “admin” when your WordPress site was installed …
(Edit Profile area – Name section – Username)
If you need help with how to change your WordPress user profile, see this tutorial:
Method #2 – Assigning Posts To Different Users
If your site allows multiple users to publish content, then you can assign posts 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 set up, and
- Has been assigned a role other than “Subscriber” (e.g. “Author”, “Administrator”, etc).
(Profile area: Name section – Role)
Making Bulk Changes To Post Authors
In the Posts screen, locate the author of the posts you plan to make changes to and click on the name …
(Table Of Posts – Author column)
This displays a list of the posts they have written …
(List of posts filtered by Author)
Select all posts you would like to be assigned to another author from the Table of Posts, either by selecting the check box next to individual post entries or by clicking the column header check box to select all items …
(WP Table Of Posts – Post selection checkbox)
Select ‘Edit’ from the Bulk Actions drop menu (1) and click the ‘Apply’ button (2) …
(’Bulk Actions’ menu)
The Bulk editor expands. Locate the Author drop-down menu section …
(Table Of Posts: Bulk editor – Author options)
(1) Select the author you would like to assign the selected posts to from the Author dropdown menu, and (2) click the ‘Update’ button to save your new settings …
(Changing authors on posts – Bulk post changes)
If you can’t see the user that you would like to assign as the new post author in the drop menu, then check to make sure that you have assigned a role for that user that is not subscriber.
All the items you have edited should now display the new post author name …
(New post author)
How To 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 the ‘Quick Edit’ link …
(Click on ‘Quick Edit’)
The inline editor displays a number of options for editing your post. Choose a new author from the Author menu options and click Update to save your new changes …
(Inline editor: options – Author dropdown menu)
The new post author name should now be displaying for the item you have edited …
(Post author changed)
You can also change the author of the post while creating or editing posts by scrolling down to the bottom of your Post editor screen and selecting a different post author from the Author box …
(You can change post authors in the Post editor area)
Tip: If you cannot see the Author section below your post editor, then click on ‘Screen Options’ at the top right-hand corner of the “Edit Post” screen …
(‘Screen Options’ tab)
Enable Boxes > Author ….
(Boxes – Author)
You should now be able to see the Author box below the Post editor …
Method #3 – Assign Posts From Deleted Users To Another User
If you remove a user from your site, you will be asked what to do with their content.
To transfer content from a deleted user to another user, select ‘Attribute all content to:’, choose a new user from the drop menu …
(WordPress Users – Delete Users section)
Click the ‘Confirm Deletion’ button …
Post content from a deleted user will be reassigned to your selected user …
(WordPress Users area)
Congratulations, now you know how to change the author of a post in WordPress.
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