- Reattributing Posts To Another User
- Changing A WordPress Post Author – Tutorial
Reattributing Posts To Another User
There could be situations when you may need to change authors attributed to one or more of your WordPress posts.
- You have published posts written either by yourself or someone else, where the assigned name is “admin”, or “guest author”, etc.
- You want to reassign posts one author to another user,
- Importing content written by ghost writers that need to be reassigned to your name or to the account of other authors,
- Deleting an author from your site and reassigning authorship to existing users,
Go through the tutorials below to learn how to reassign a WordPress post author.
Changing A WordPress Post Author – Tutorial
You can add a new author to WordPress in the Users panel …
(WordPress – Add user)
When the user logs into the site and creates a post, the creator of the post is then attributed authorship of the post …
(Authorship of published posts is usually assigned to the user that created it)!
We explain how to add new authors and other types of users and how to create posts in WordPress in separate tutorials.
In this step-by-step tutorial, we show you how to change post authors in WordPress using different methods, like:
- How to change the display name of post authors,
- Attribute posts to different authors using the Post Editor (single post),
- Attributing a post to a different author in the Quick Edit screen (single post),
- Assigning multiple posts to different authors in the Bulk Editor
- Transferring posts to other users (user deletion).
Let’s go through these methods.
Method #1 – Keep The Same Author, Change The Author Name
Let’s say that you want to change the name displaying on all posts created by you to a different name.
There are a number of reasons for doing this. It could be because:
- You were set up with a username like “admin” and you would like the posts that you publish to display a different username,
- You would like to publish posts under an alias,
So, for example, let’s say that your posts look like this …
(Posts – Post Author)
But you want the name changed to this …
(Posts – Post Author)
Or perhaps even this …
(Posts section – 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 on all your posts)
You can get to the Profile screen using various methods:
#1 – Log into the WP Dashboard and click on Users > All Users …
(Users – All Users)
Next, place your mouse over your username and click the ‘Edit’ link …
(Users panel – Edit)
#2 – You can also click on Users > Your Profile in the Admin menu …
(WordPress Users menu – Your Profile)
#3 – You can also go to the ‘Howdy, Your Site Name’ tab on the top right-hand corner of your administration screen and click on Edit My Profile …
(Howdy, Your Site Name – Edit My Profile)
Using all of the above methods will bring you to the Profile panel …
(WordPress Profile panel)
Type in a new Nickname (1) and (2) select this nickname from the drop-down menu in the Display name publicly as field …
(WP Profile panel – Name settings)
Update your new settings …
(WP User Profile screen – Update User button)
Your profile will be updated with your new nickname …
(Profile panel – User updated)
Return to the Table of Posts and you should see that all of the posts are now displayed under your new nickname …
(Posts section – Post Author)
Tip: 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 …
(WP Profile area – Name section – Username)
If you need help with how to update your User profile, refer to this step-by-step tutorial:
Method #2 – Assign A WordPress Post To Another User
If you allow multiple users to publish content on your site, then you can assign posts to different users as follows:
First, make sure that whoever you plan to assign as a new author:
- Is a registered user,
- Has a User Profile already configured, and
- Has been assigned any role other than “Subscriber” (e.g. “Author”, “Contributor”, etc).
(WP User Roles)
How To Change Authorship On Posts – Bulk Editing
In your Posts panel, click on the author of the posts you plan to make changes to …
(Posts – Author column)
This displays a list of all the posts assigned to filtered by author …
(List of posts filtered by Author)
Select all the posts you would like assigned to a different author from the Table of Posts, either by ticking the check box next to individual items or clicking the column header checkbox to select all items …
(WP Table Of Posts – Select Posts)
Choose ‘Edit’ from the Bulk Actions drop menu (1) and click the ‘Apply’ button (2) …
(WordPress Table Of Posts – ‘Bulk Actions’ menu)
This brings up the Bulk Edit feature. Locate the Author settings …
(Posts: Bulk editor – Author settings)
Next, (1) Select the author you want to assign the posts to from the Author drop-down menu, and (2) click Update to save your new settings …
(Making bulk post author changes)
If you can’t see the user that you want to assign as the new post author in the drop menu, then check to make sure that you have assigned a user role that is not subscriber.
All the items you have selected should now display the new author name …
(Changing authors on multiple posts at once)
Changing Authors On Single Posts In WordPress
To change post authorship for a single item, select the post from the Table of Posts and click on Quick Edit …
(’Quick Edit’ feature)
In the Quick Edit screen, select an author you want post authorship assigned to from the Author dropdown menu and click Update to change your new settings …
(Inline editor: Post editing options – Author menu)
The new post author name should now be displaying for the item you have selected …
(WordPress Table of Posts – Author column)
You can also change the post author while creating or editing a post by scrolling down to the bottom of your Post editor screen and selecting another author from the Author drop-down menu …
(Change post authors in the Post editor screen)
Tip: If the Author box is not displayed below your post editor, then click the ‘Screen Options’ tab on the top corner of the “Edit Post” screen …
Select Author ….
(Screen Options: Boxes – Author)
The Author box should be displayed below your Post editor area …
(‘Author’ drop-down menu)
Method #3 – Assigning Posts To Other Authors (User Deletion)
If you remove a user from your site, you will be asked what to do with the content owned by the user.
To attribute all content from deleted users to different users, select ‘Attribute all content to:’, choose a new user from the drop menu …
(WordPress Users – Delete Users)
Click the ‘Confirm Deletion’ button …
(Users: Delete Users – Confirm Deletion)
All post content from a removed user will be attributed to the selected user …
Congratulations! Now you know how to change WordPress post authors.
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