- How To Change A Post Author
- How To Change WordPress Post Authors – Tutorial
How To Change A Post Author
Instances could arise where you may need to reassign authors attributed to one or more of your WordPress posts.
- You decide to change the name associated with all posts that either you or someone else has written, where the assigned name is “admin”, or “guest author”, etc.
- Reassigning posts one user to another,
- You import posts written by outsourced article writers and need to publish the content under your name or publish it under the account of another user,
- Deleting authors from your site and assigning their posts to other members,
Complete the step-by-step tutorials below to learn how to change the author of a post in WordPress.
How To Change WordPress Post Authors – Tutorial
Users get assigned the role of ‘author’ in WordPress using the Users panel (Users > Add New) …
(Add user to WordPress)
When a user assigned an ‘author’ role logs into the site and creates a new post, the creator of the post is then attributed authorship of the post …
(Authorship of posts in WordPress is usually attributed to the user that created it)!
We explain how to add new 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 a number of different methods, like:
- How to keep the same authors but change their display name,
- Reassigning posts to different authors using the Post Editor (single posts),
- Attributing posts to different authors in the Quick Edit section (single post changes),
- Attributing multiple posts to a different author using the ’Bulk Actions’ feature
- Transferring posts from deleted authors 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 change the name being displayed on all the posts you’ve authored to a different name.
There are various reasons for doing this. It 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 an alias,
So, for example, let’s say that all your posts look like this …
(Posts screen – Post Author)
But you want to change the author name to this …
(WP Posts screen – Post Author)
Or maybe this …
(WP Posts screen – Post Author)
If you would like to change the author name displayed on all of your own posts to something else, all you have to do is change your public display name (nickname) in your User Profile settings. (Note: this changes the author name displayed all your posts)
You can access your Profile screen a number of ways:
#1 – Log into the WordPress Dashboard and click on Users > All Users …
(Users Menu – All Users)
Next, hover over your profile name and click the ‘Edit’ link …
(Users – Edit)
#2 – You can also click on Users > Your Profile in the main menu …
(Users – Your Profile)
#3 – You can also click on the ‘Howdy, Your Site Name’ tab at the very top right-hand corner of your WordPress admin screen and select Edit My Profile …
(Howdy, Your Site Name – Edit My Profile)
Using any of the above methods will bring up the User Profile area …
Enter a new Nickname (1) and (2) select this nickname from the drop-down menu in the ’Display name publicly as’ field …
(WordPress Profile area – Name settings)
Click Update User to save your new settings …
(WP Profile screen – Update User button)
Your profile will be updated with your new nickname …
(WP Edit Profile area – User updated message)
Return to the Table of Posts and you will see that all of the posts are now displayed under the new nickname …
(Posts – 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 originally installed …
(User Profile panel – Name section – Username)
For more information about how to update your WordPress user profile, go here:
Method #2 – Assigning Posts To Different Users
If you allow multiple users to publish content on your WordPress site, then you can assign posts to different 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 any role other than “Subscriber” (e.g. “Author”, “Administrator”, etc).
(Profile area: Name – User Role options)
How To Make Bulk Changes To Post Authors
In the Posts area, locate the author of the posts you plan to make changes to and click on the name …
(Posts panel – Author column)
This brings up a list of all posts assigned to that author …
(List of posts assigned to selected Author)
Select all posts you want to assign to a different author from the Posts list, either by ticking the check box next to individual items or by clicking the column header checkbox to select all items at once …
(Table Of Posts – Selecting Posts)
Select ‘Edit’ from the Bulk Actions drop menu (1) and click the ‘Apply’ button (2) …
(’Bulk Actions’ menu)
This displays the Bulk editor. Locate the Author options …
(Posts panel: Bulk Edit feature – Author settings)
(1) Select the author you want to assign the selected posts to from the Author menu, and (2) click the ‘Update’ button to save your new settings …
(Making bulk changes to post authors)
Users assigned the role of ‘subscriber’ do not appear in the ‘author’ menu. If you cannot see the user that you would like to assign the posts to in the drop-down menu, then check to make sure that you have assigned a user role higher than subscriber.
The new post author name should now be displaying for all the items you have edited …
(New post author)
Change Single Post Authorship In WordPress
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)
The inline editor expands and displays a number of editing options. Select a new author from the Author dropdown menu and click the ‘Update’ button to update your new settings …
(Quick Edit section – Author menu)
The new author name should now be displaying for the post you have edited …
(WP Posts panel – Author column)
You can also change the post author in WordPress while creating or editing a post by scrolling down to the bottom of your Post editor screen and selecting another author from the Author box …
(Changing post authors in the Post editor area)
Tip: If the Author box is not displayed below the post editor, then click on ‘Screen Options’ at the top right-hand corner of the “Edit Post” screen …
(‘Screen Options’ tab)
Tick the check box for Author ….
(Boxes – Author)
The Author section should display below your Post editor …
(‘Author’ dropdown menu)
Method #3 – How To Transfer Posts From A Deleted User To Another User
If a user is deleted from your site, you will be asked what to do with their content.
To attribute content from a deleted user to another user, tick the radio button next to ‘Attribute all content to:’, choose a new user from the drop menu …
(Users – Delete Users)
Click the ‘Confirm Deletion’ button …
(WordPress Users: Delete Users screen – Confirm Deletion button)
Post content from a deleted user will be attributed to your selected user …
(WordPress Users area)
Congratulations! Now you know how to change the post author in WordPress.
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