How to Change the Author of a Post in WordPress – 2019 Guide

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Do you want to change the author of a post in WordPress? Sometimes you may need to display a different author, than the person who added the post in WordPress. You do not need to copy and paste the entire WordPress post with a different user account. In this article, we will show you how to easily change the author of a post in WordPress with just a few clicks.

If you just want to show your own name on a post written by some other user on your WordPress site, then you are ready to follow the instructions in this article.

On the other hand, if you want to show a different user as author, then first you need to make sure that this user exists on your WordPress site. See our guide on how to add new users and authors in WordPress for detailed instructions.

You can see and manage all users on your WordPress site by visiting the Users page when logged in with your WordPress administrator account.

Changing Author of a WordPress Post (for WordPress 4.x)

First you need to edit the post or page where you want to change the author name. On the post edit screen, you need to click on the Screen Options menu at the top right corner of the screen.

This will show a flydown menu on the screen with a bunch of options. You need to check the box next to ‘Author’ option.

After that, you need to scroll down on the post edit screen just below the post editor. You will see the Author box there.

Simply click on the drop down menu and select a different author.

Don’t forget to click on the Save Draft or Update button to save your changes.

That’s all, you have successfully changed the author of a post in WordPress.

Quickly Change Author for Multiple Posts in WordPress

Changing author by editing a post is easy. However, if you have to do this for multiple posts, then it would take quite a lot of time to do that.

There is an easier way to quickly change author for multiple WordPress posts at once. To bulk update authors, click on the Posts menu from your WordPress admin bar. This will list all the posts on your WordPress site.

By default, WordPress shows 20 posts per page. If you want to display more posts, then you need to click on the Screen Options and change the number of posts you want to display.

Now you need to select the posts where you want to change the author. After selecting posts, select ‘Edit’ from ‘Bulk Actions’ dropdown menu and then click the ‘Apply Button’.

WordPress will now show you Bulk Edit metabox. You need to select the new author by clicking on the dropdown menu next to Author option.

Don’t forget to click on the ‘Update’ button to store your changes.

That’s all, you have successfully changed the author for multiple WordPress posts without editing them individually.

We hope this article helped you learn how to change the author of a post in WordPress.

Change a Post’s Author to Another Existing User

If you’re using the new WordPress Block Editor, changing a published post’s author couldn’t be easier. First, access the post by navigating to Posts > All Posts and clicking on the relevant title.

In the post editor, select the Document tab in the sidebar. Under the Status & Visibility heading, you should see Author followed by a drop-down menu:

From here, you can select the name of any author with an existing account on your WordPress site. It’s important to note that you cannot create a new author from this screen – we’ll cover how to do that later in this post.

Once you’ve selected the new author’s name from the drop-down menu, select Update to make the change live:

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Regardless of which editor you use, you can also change a post’s author using the Quick Edit function in the Posts list. Simply select the Quick Edit option under the post’s title, and then choose the new author from the relevant drop-down menu and click on the Update button:

In Ending

There are a variety of reasons why you may find yourself needing to change the author of a post in WordPress. There are also many ways to do so, which can present its own challenges. You’ll need to determine which method is the best choice for your situation.

To help you decide, we’ve looked at five different routes you can take to update an author’s name for one or more posts in WordPress:

  1. Changing Author of a WordPress Post (for WordPress 4.x)
  2. Quickly Change Author for Multiple Posts in WordPress
  3. Change a Post’s Author to Another Existing User

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