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How To Change Post Authors In WordPress

Assigning Posts To A Different User

There are instances during the course of managing your website or blog where you may need to change authors attributed to one or more posts on your site.

For example:

Go through the tutorials below to learn how to edit the author of a post in WordPress.

Changing A WordPress Post Author – Tutorial

New authors are added to WordPress in the Users screen …

(Users screen – WordPress)

When a user assigned the role of author logs into the site and creates a post, the user is then attributed authorship of the post …

(Posts are usually assigned authorship to the user that created it)!

We cover how to add authors to WordPress in another tutorial.

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

Let’s go through these methods.

Method #1 – Changing The Display Name On All Your Posts

Let’s say that you decide to edit 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 all your posts look like this …

(Posts – Post Author)

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

(Posts – Post Author)

Or perhaps even this …

(Posts – Post Author)

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: this will change the name on all of your posts)

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

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

(Users – All Users)

Place your mouse over your profile name and click Edit

(WordPress Users area – Edit link)

#2 – You can also log into the Admin and click on Users > Your Profile

(WordPress Users menu – Your Profile)

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

(Howdy, Your Site Name – Edit My Profile)

Using all of the methods shown above will bring you to the User Profile screen …

(User Profile area)

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

(WordPress Profile screen – Name settings)

Save your settings …

(User Profile area – Update User)

Your profile will be updated with your new nickname …

(Profile panel – User updated message)

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

(Table of Posts – Post Author)

Tip: Use this method to change the name assigned to your posts if you were assigned the username “admin” when your WordPress site was originally installed …

(Profile area – Name section – Username)

We have written a detailed tutorial about updating the user profile here:

Method #2 – Assigning A Post To A Different User

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

First, make sure that whoever you want to assign posts to:

(WordPress Edit Profile area: Name settings – Roles)

How To Change Authors On Posts In WordPress – Bulk Post Changes

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

(Posts area: Table of Posts – Author column)

This brings up a list of all posts assigned to that author …

(Posts assigned to selected Author)

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

(WordPress Table Of Posts – Select Posts)

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

(’Bulk Actions’ dropdown menu)

The Bulk Edit screen displays. Locate the Author options …

(WP Table Of Posts: Bulk editor – Author settings)

(1) Select the author you want to assign the posts to from the Author menu, and (2) click Update to update your new settings …

(Making changes to post authors in bulk)

If you can’t find the user that you want to assign the posts to in the dropdown menu, then check to make sure that you have assigned a user role different than subscriber.

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

(New post author)

How To Change Authorship For Individual WordPress Posts

To change the post author for a single item, select the item from your Table of Posts and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

(’Quick Edit’ function)

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

(Quick Edit section – Author drop-down menu)

The item you have edited should now display the new post author name …

(Posts – Author column)

You can also change post authors while creating or editing posts by selecting a new author from the Author box below your Post editor screen …

(‘Author’ box)

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

(‘Screen Options’ tab)

Check the Boxes > Author box ….

(Screen Options: Boxes – Author)

You should now be able to see the Author box below the Post editor area …

(‘Author’ dropdown menu)

Method #3 – How To Transfer Posts To Other Authors (User Deletion)

If you remove a user from your site, you will be asked what to do with any content they have created.

To assign all content from deleted users to other users, select  ‘Attribute all content to:’, choose a new user from the dropdown menu …

(Users – Delete Users)

Click Confirm Deletion

(Confirm Deletion)

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

(Users screen)

Congratulations! Now you know how to change a WordPress post author.


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