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How To Change Post Authors In WordPress

Reassigning Posts To Another User

There could be situations when you may need to reassign an author assigned to one or more posts on your site.

For example:

Go through the tutorials below to learn how to reassign WordPress post authors.

Reattributing WordPress Posts To Other Users – Tutorial

You can add a new author to WordPress via the Users screen (Users > Add New) …

(WordPress – Add user)

When the user logs into the site and creates a post, authorship of that post is then attributed to them …

(Published posts are typically assigned authorship to the user that created it)!

We cover how to add authors and other user types to WordPress in another tutorial.

In this step-by-step tutorial, we explain how to change WordPress post authors using a number of different methods, like:

Let’s go through each of these methods.

Method #1 – Same Author, Different Name

Let’s say that you need to change the name displaying on all the posts that you have authored to a different name.

The reason for this could be because:

So, for example, let’s say that your posts look like this …

(Posts screen – Post Author)

But you would like to change your name to this …

(WordPress Posts section – Post Author)

Or perhaps this …

(Posts – 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 name that shows on all your posts)

You can access the Profile screen using various methods:

#1 – Log into the Admin section and click on Users > All Users

(WP Users Menu – All Users)

Place your mouse over your user profile and click Edit

(WP Users area – Edit link)

#2 – You can also click on Users > Your Profile from the WordPress Admin menu …

(WP Users menu – Your Profile)

#3 – You can also click on the ‘Howdy, Your Site Name’ tab at the very top right-hand corner of your dashboard toolbar and select Edit My Profile 

(WP admin toolbar: Howdy, Your Site Name – Edit My Profile)

Any of the methods shown above will bring up the Profile screen …

(Profile area)

Type in a new Nickname (1) and (2) select your new nickname from the drop-down menu in the ’Display name publicly as’ settings …

(WP Profile screen – Name section)

Save your settings …

(WordPress User Profile area – Update User)

Your profile will now be updated with your new nickname …

(Profile screen – User updated confirmation message)

Your posts will now display under your new nickname …

(WP Table of Posts – Post Author)

Use this method to change the name displayed on your posts if you were set up with the username “admin” when your WordPress site was installed …

(Edit Profile panel – Name section – Username)

If you need help with how to edit the WordPress user profile, refer to this tutorial:

Method #2 – Assigning A Post In WordPress To Another User

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 plan to assign posts to:

(User Roles)

How To Make Bulk Changes To Post Authors

In your Posts panel,  click on the name of the author of the posts you plan to make changes to …

(Table Of Posts – Author column)

This brings up a list of all posts they have written …

(Posts filtered by Author)

Select all posts you want assigned to a different author from the Posts list, either by selecting the check box next to individual post items or click the check box on the column header to select all items …

(WordPress Posts screen: Table of Posts – Post selection checkbox)

Select ‘Edit’ from the Bulk Actions drop menu (1) and click Apply (2) …

(’Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu)

The Bulk Edit screen will show. Locate the Author options …

(WordPress Posts area: Table of Posts: Bulk Edit feature – Author menu)

Next, (1) Select the author you want to assign the posts to from the Author options, and (2) click the ‘Update’ button to save your changes …

(Changing authors on multiple posts)

Subscribers do not appear in the ‘author’ menu. If you cannot see the user that you would like to assign the posts to in the dropdown menu, then check to make sure that you have assigned a role for the user that is not subscriber.

The new author name should now display for all the items you have edited …

(Making changes to post authors in bulk)

How To Change Single Post Authorship

To change the post author for an individual post, select the item from the Table of Posts and click on Quick Edit

(’Quick Edit’ feature)

The Quick Edit inline editor displays all the options for editing your post. Select an author from the Author options and click the ‘Update’ button to update your new settings …

(Inline editor section – Author dropdown menu)

Your post should now display with the new author …

(Posts panel: Table of Posts – Author column)

You can also change the post author when creating or editing a post by scrolling down to the bottom of your Post editor screen and selecting a different post author from the Author drop menu …

(Change post authors in the Post editor screen)

Tip: If the Author section is not displayed below your post editor, then click the ‘Screen Options’ tab in the top right-hand corner of the “Edit Post” screen …

(‘Screen Options’ tab)

Select Author ….

(Screen Options: Author)

The Author box will now display below the Post editor area …

(‘Author’ box)

Method #3 – Attributing 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 attribute content from removed users to other users, select  ‘Attribute all content to:’, choose a new author from the drop-down menu …

(Users – Delete Users)

Click the ‘Confirm Deletion’ button …

(Users: Delete Users section – Confirm Deletion button)

All post content from a deleted user will be reassigned to your selected user …

(Users panel)

Congratulations, now you know how to change WordPress post authors.


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