There may be situations during the course of managing your site where you may need to reassign post authors in WordPress.
- You Changing the name associated with all posts that either you or someone else has written, where the assigned name is “admin”, or “guest author”, etc.
- You have to reassign posts one user to another,
- You import posts written by outsourced article writers and need to publish the content under your name or assign it to the account of other authors,
- You delete an author from your site and want to transfer attribution to existing members,
Complete the tutorials below to learn how to edit the author of a post in WordPress.
- 1 Changing Post Authors – Tutorial
Changing Post Authors – Tutorial
You can add new authors to WordPress in the Users screen (Users > Add New) …
(Users panel – WordPress)
When a user assigned the role of author logs into WordPress and creates a new post, authorship of the post is then attributed to them …
(Published posts are normally assigned authorship to the user that created it)!
We cover how to add authors and other types of users to WordPress in another tutorial.
In this tutorial, we explain how to change post authors using a number of different methods, like:
- Keeping the same author but changing their display name (i.e. ‘published by’ name),
- Assigning posts to different authors using the Post Editor feature (single posts),
- Reassign a post to another author using the Quick Editor (single post change),
- Assigning multiple posts to another author using the ’Bulk Actions’ function
- Transferring posts to other authors (user deletion).
Let’s go through each of these methods.
Method #1 – Same Author, Different Display Name
Let’s say that you decide to edit the name displaying on all 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 using an alias (i.e. a pen name),
So, for example, let’s say that your posts look like this …
(Posts – Post Author)
But you want to change the post author name to this …
(Posts screen – Post Author)
Or maybe this …
(Posts – Post Author)
If you want to change the author name displayed on all your posts 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 author name displayed all of your posts)
You can access your Profile screen using various methods:
#1 – Log into the WP Admin section and click on Users > All Users …
(WP Users Menu – All Users)
Place your mouse over your profile name and click the ‘Edit’ link …
( Username > Edit)
#2 – You can also click on Users > Your Profile in the Dashboard menu …
(Users – 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 …
(WordPress admin toolbar – Edit My Profile)
Any of the above methods will bring you to the Profile area …
Type in a new Nickname (1) and (2) select this nickname from the drop-down menu in the Display name publicly as field …
(Profile screen – Name)
Update your settings …
(Profile area – Update User)
Your profile will now be updated with your new nickname …
(Profile area – User updated)
Your posts should now display with your new nickname …
(WP Table of Posts – Post Author)
Use this method to change the name associated with your posts if you were assigned the username “admin” when your WordPress site was originally installed …
(WP Profile screen – Name – Username)
To learn more about updating the WordPress user profile, refer to this tutorial: Editing Your User Profile In WordPress
Method #2 – Assign Posts To Different Users
If your site allows multiple users to publish content, then you can assign posts to different users as follows:
First, make sure that whoever you want to assign as a new author:
- Is a registered user of your site,
- Has a User Profile already configured, and
- Has been given a role other than “Subscriber” (e.g. “Author”, “Administrator”, etc).
Making Bulk Changes To Post Authors
In the Posts area, click on the author of the posts you plan to make changes to …
(Table Of Posts – Author column)
This brings up a list of all posts assigned to filtered by author …
(Posts filtered by Author)
Select all posts you want to assign to another author from the Table of Posts, either by selecting the checkbox next to individual items or click the column header check box to select all items at once …
(WP Table Of Posts – Selecting Posts)
Select ‘Edit’ from the Bulk Actions dropdown menu (1) and click the ‘Apply’ button (2) …
(’Bulk Actions’ menu)
This displays the Bulk Edit section. Locate the Author dropdown menu section …
(WP Table Of Posts: Bulk Edit feature – Author menu)
Next, (1) Select the author you would like to assign the posts to from the Author dropdown menu, and (2) click Update to update your new changes …
(Changing post authors in bulk)
If you cannot locate the user that you want to assign as the new author of your selected posts in the drop-down menu, then check to make sure that you have assigned a role for the user that is not subscriber.
All the items you have edited should now display the new author name …
(Making bulk changes to post authors)
How To Change Authorship For Single WordPress Posts
To change post authorship for a single post item, select the item from your Table of Posts and click on Quick Edit …
(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)
In the Quick Edit area, select an author from the Author section and click the ‘Update’ button to save your settings …
(Inline editor: options – Author dropdown menu)
The item you have edited should now display the new post author name …
(Post author changed)
You can also change post authors while creating or editing a post by selecting a different author from the Author drop menu below your Post editor screen …
(‘Author’ dropdown menu)
Tip: If the Author section is not displayed below the post editor, then click the ‘Screen Options’ tab on the top right-hand corner of the “Edit Post” screen …
Select Author ….
(Author – ‘Screen Options’ tab)
You should now be able to view the Author box below your Post editor …
Method #3 – Attribute Posts To Other Authors (User Deletion)
If you delete a user from your site, you will be asked what to do with any content they have created.
To transfer all content from a deleted user to another user, tick the radio button next to ‘Attribute all content to:’, choose a new user from the dropdown menu …
(WordPress Users – Delete Users section)
Click Confirm Deletion …
(Confirm Deletion button)
Post content from the removed user will be rerouted to the selected user …
(WordPress Users panel)
Congratulations! Now you know how to change a WordPress post author.
"Wow! I never knew there's so much to learn about WordPress! I bought one of the WordPress for Dummies three years ago, such authors need to be on this course!" - Rich Law, Create A Blog Now
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