How to Change the Author of a Post in WordPress

By October 4, 2018 October 14th, 2018 WordPress

There are times when you need to change the author of a WordPress post since, by default, the content author is set to your user. You may want to give the credits for making the post to someone else, but you are having a hard time doing so. Well, you really don’t have to copy the entire post and post it under a different username.

Before Changing The Author of a Post in WordPress

If ever the post is written by another author and you want to put that post under your name, the following steps are what you need.

But in case you want to put the post under a different user, the first thing that you have to do is to ensure that the user is present on your WordPress site.

Editing the user page

Managing all authors in your WordPress site is possible when you’re are logged in in your WordPress site as the administrator. All you have to do is go to the Users page. If you are the owner of the site, there’s a high chance that your account is suitable for the action you want to do.

Changing the Author of a WordPress Post

Screen options menu

First and foremost, you have to log in to your WordPress site and head to Posts -> All Posts which will show you all the drafts, posts and the rest that you have in your account.

Second, open the post which you want to change the authorship and click on the Screen Options menu located at the top right corner of the screen. A fly down menu with many options will be displayed on the screen, but what you have to do is to check the box right next to Author.

The exact location of the Author box depends on the plugins installed in your WordPress site. Usually, the Author box is located somewhere below the text editor.

Third, select a different author by clicking the drop-down menu.
And lastly, save the changes you have made. Once saved, the content is already under the authorship of the content is already assigned to your chosen user.
If the author you want to assign for the content isn’t in the drop-down menu, this is because WordPress only display user accounts with Author role and any other roles which are higher than the authors. This means that there is an insufficient user role on your WordPress site.

In this situation, you have to change the user’s role by heading to the Users> All Users for you to find out the current role of each user.

Update changes button

To change the user’s role, click the edit button under the username then assign a new role from the Role drop-down menu. After assigning the user a new role, make sure to click the update button as you would with any changes you make to the post.

Quickly Change the Author for Multiple Posts in WordPress

Changing the user of a single post is easy, but changing the author of multiple posts would consume so much time, not unless you already know what to do. Changing the authorship of each post one by one isn’t really easy, fortunately, there’s a better and easier way to do it.

To change the authorship of multiple posts, head to the Post menu on the dashboard which will show you different options. Choose the All Posts menu to show all the post on your WordPress site.

Generally, 20 posts are displayed on each page. If you wish to see more posts, choose the Screen Options menu where you can change the number of posts you want to display.

The next thing that you have to do is to select the posts which you want to change the authorship. After selecting each post, click edit from the drop-down menu of the ‘Bulk Actions‘, then click on the ‘Apply Button‘.

The Bulk Edit meta box isn’t automatically shown, you have to manually select the new author by clicking the drop-down menu which is found next to the Author option.

After doing all the changes you wish to do, hit the update button to save the changes.

That’s it, too easy!