Attributing WordPress Posts To Another User
There could be situations when you may need to change post authors in WordPress.
- You have posts written either by yourself or another user, where the assigned name is “admin”, or “editor”, etc.
- Attributing posts one user to another,
- Importing posts written by outsourced article writers that have to be published under your name or published under the account of other users,
- You delete an author from your site and want to transfer their content to existing members,
Go through the step-by-step tutorials below to learn all about the different ways to edit the author of a post in WordPress.
Attributing Posts To A Different Author – Tutorial
You can add new authors to WordPress using the Users panel …
(WordPress – Add user)
When a user assigned an ‘author’ role logs into WordPress and creates a new post, the post creator is then attributed authorship of the post …
(Authorship of posts in WordPress is typically assigned to the user that created it)!
We explain how to add authors and other types of users and how to create posts in WordPress in separate tutorials.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to change an author assigned to one or more posts in WordPress using a number of different methods, like:
- Keeping the same author assigned to an item but changing their display name (i.e. the ‘published by:’ name),
- Reassigning posts to other authors using the Post Editor (single post changes),
- Assign posts to different authors in the Quick Edit feature (change single post),
- Assign multiple posts to other authors using the Bulk Editor
- Transferring posts to another author (user deletion).
Let’s go through these methods.
Method #1 – Keep The Same Author, Change The Display Name
Let’s say that you need to change the name being displayed on all the posts that you have authored to a different name.
The reason for this could be because:
- You were set up with a username like ”admin” or “editor” and you want the posts that you publish to display your real name,
- You would like to publish posts using a pen name,
So, for example, let’s say that all your posts look like this …
(WordPress Posts section – Post Author)
But you want the name changed to this …
(WordPress Posts screen – Post Author)
Or even this …
(WordPress Posts section – Post Author)
To change the author name displayed on all your posts to something else, all you have to do is change your public display name (nickname) in your User Profile section. (Note: the method below changes the author name that shows on all of your posts)
You can access your Profile screen using various methods:
#1 – You can log into your Admin and click on Users > All Users …
(Users – All Users)
Next, hover over your profile name and click Edit …
(WordPress Users screen – Username > Edit link)
#2 – You can also log into the WordPress Dashboard and click on Users > Your Profile …
(Users – Your Profile)
#3 – You can also click on the ‘Howdy, Your Site Name’ tab at the very top right-hand corner of your administration screen and select Edit My Profile …
(WordPress admin toolbar – Edit My Profile)
All of the above methods will bring up the Profile area …
(WordPress User Profile screen)
(1) Change the Nickname to a different name and (2) select the new nickname you’ve just created from the dropdown menu in the Display name publicly as field …
(Profile area – Name)
Save your new settings …
(User Profile screen – Update User button)
Your profile will be updated with the new nickname …
(User Profile screen – User updated)
Go back to the Table of Posts and you will see all of your posts are now displayed with your new nickname …
(Posts – Author changed)
Tip: Use this method to change the name assigned to your posts if you were assigned the username “admin” when your WordPress site was installed …
(WordPress Edit Profile area – Name – Username)
To learn more about changing your User profile, see this step-by-step tutorial:
Method #2 – Assign WordPress Posts To Other Authors
If your site allows multiple users to publish content, then you can assign post authorship to users as follows:
First, make sure that whoever you want to assign as the new post author:
- Is a registered site user,
- Has a User Profile already set up, and
- Has been given any role other than “Subscriber” (e.g. “Author”, “Editor”, etc).
(Edit Profile panel: Name – Role options)
How To Make Bulk Changes To Post Authors
In the Posts panel, locate the name of the author of the posts you plan to make changes to and click on the name …
(WordPress Posts panel: Table of Posts – Author column)
This brings up a list of the posts they have written …
(Posts filtered by Author)
Select the posts you want to assign to a different author from the Posts list, either by ticking the checkbox next to individual items or click the checkbox on the column header to select all items …
(Posts panel: Table of Posts – Selecting Posts)
Select ‘Edit’ from the Bulk Actions drop-down menu (1) and click the ‘Apply’ button (2) …
(’Bulk Actions’ drop menu)
The Bulk editor will display. Find the Author options …
(Table Of Posts: Bulk Edit feature – Author settings)
(1) Select the author you would like to assign the posts to from the Author options, and (2) click the ‘Update’ button to update your settings …
(Changing authors on multiple posts)
Users assigned the role of ‘subscriber’ do not display in the ‘author’ menu. If you can’t see the user that you would like to assign the posts to in the drop menu, then check to make sure that you have assigned a role for the user that is not subscriber.
All the items you have selected should now display the new post author name …
(Changing authors on multiple items at once)
How To Change Single Post Authors In WordPress
To change post authorship for an individual item, select the post from your Table of Posts and click on Quick Edit …
(Click on ‘Quick Edit’)
The inline editor expands and displays all the options for editing your post. Choose a new author from the Author menu options and click Update to update your settings …
(Inline editor: options – Author dropdown menu)
The post you have selected should now display the new author name …
(Table of Posts – Author column)
You can also change the author of the post while creating or editing a post by selecting another post author from the Author drop-down menu at the bottom of your Post editor screen …
(‘Author’ dropdown menu)
Tip: If the Author section is not displayed below your post editor, then click on ‘Screen Options’ at the top of your “Edit Post” screen …
(‘Screen Options’ tab)
Tick the box next to Boxes > Author ….
(Boxes – Author option)
You should now be able to see the Author box below your Post editor area …
Method #3 – Transferring Posts To Another Author (User Deletion)
If a user is removed 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 author from the drop-down menu …
(Users – Delete Users)
Click the ‘Confirm Deletion’ button …
(Confirm Deletion button)
Post content from a deleted user will be rerouted to the selected user …
Congratulations, now you know how to change WordPress post authors.
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