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How To Change Post Authors In WordPress

Attributing WordPress Posts To Different Authors

Instances could arise during the course of managing your website where you may need to change WordPress post authors.

These include:

Complete the step-by-step tutorials below to learn how to reassign the author of a post in WordPress.

Changing WordPress Post Authors – Step-By-Step Tutorial

Users normally get assigned the role of ‘author’ in WordPress in the Users screen …

(WordPress – Users panel)

When a user assigned an ‘author’ role logs into WordPress and creates a new post, authorship of the post is then attributed to them …

(Authorship of posts is normally assigned to the user that created it)!

We explain how to add new authors to WordPress in a separate tutorial.

In this step-by-step tutorial, we show you how to change WordPress post authors using the following methods:

Let’s go through each of these methods.

Method #1 – Same Author, Different Name

Let’s say that you decide to change the name displaying on all posts created by you to a different name.

The reason for this could be because:

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

(WordPress Posts section – Post Author)

But you would like to change the author name to this …

(Posts – Post Author)

Or maybe even this …

(Posts – Post Author)

If you would like 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 changes the name displayed all of your posts)

You can get to your Profile screen a number of ways:

#1 – You can log into your Admin and click on Users > All Users

(WP Users Menu – All Users)

Hover over your username and click Edit

(Users – Username > Edit link)

#2 – Log into the Admin 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 WP dashboard screen and select Edit My Profile 

(WordPress admin toolbar – Edit My Profile)

Any of the above methods will bring up the Profile area …

(Profile area)

Choose a new Nickname (1) and (2) select this nickname from the dropdown menu in the ’Display name publicly as’ field …

(WordPress Profile screen – Name settings)

Remember to click Update User to save your settings …

(Profile area – Update User button)

Your profile will be updated with your new nickname …

(Edit Profile area – User updated)

All the posts you have created will display under the new nickname …

(Posts – Post Author changed)

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

(Profile screen – Name – Username)

If you need help with how to change your User profile, see this tutorial:

Method #2 – Assign Posts In WordPress To Other Users

If your site allows multiple users to publish content, then you can assign posts to users as follows:

First, make sure that whoever you intend to assign post authorships to:

(Edit Profile area: Name section – User Roles)

How To Make Bulk Post Authorship Changes

In the Posts area,  locate the author name of the posts you plan to make changes to and click on the name …

(WP Table Of Posts – Author column)

This displays a list of all the posts assigned to filtered by author …

(List of posts filtered by Author)

Select the posts you would like to assign to another author from the Posts list, either by ticking the checkbox next to individual post items or clicking the column header checkbox to select all items at once …

(Table Of Posts – Selecting Posts)

Choose ‘Edit’ from the Bulk Actions dropdown menu (1) and click the ‘Apply’ button (2) …

(Posts – ‘Bulk Actions’ dropdown menu)

This brings up the Bulk Edit section. Locate the Author options …

(Posts panel: Bulk editor – Author settings)

Next, (1) Select the author you would like to assign the posts to from the Author section drop-down menu, and (2) click the ‘Update’ button to update your new settings …

(Making bulk changes to post authors)

Subscribers 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 user role other than subscriber.

All the posts you have edited should now display the new author name …

(New post author)

Changing Authorship For Single Posts

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

(’Quick Edit’ link)

The Quick Edit inline editor expands to display the options for editing your post. Select a new author from the Author menu options and click Update to update your changes …

(Inline editor: Editing options – Author menu)

Your post will now display with the new author …

(Post author changed)

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

(‘Author’ drop menu)

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

(Screen Options)

Tick the checkbox for Author ….

(Author – ‘Screen Options’ tab)

The Author box should be displayed below your Post editor …

(‘Author’ drop menu)

Method #3 – Attributing Posts To Other Users (User Deletion)

If a user is removed from your site, you will be asked what to do with any content that has been assigned to them.

To transfer all content from a deleted user to a different user, tick the radio button next to  ‘Attribute all content to:’, choose a new user from the dropdown menu …

(WordPress Users – Delete Users)

Click Confirm Deletion

(Confirm Deletion)

Post content from the removed user will be attributed to the selected user …

(Users panel)

Congratulations! Now you know how to change post authors in WordPress.


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