One of the frequently asked questions by bloggers is – How to Change the Author of a Post in WordPress? You might think for the moment, why would you need to change the author name? Well, there are times when you cannot post the real author name and you need to change it to something else. You will not have to copy the entire content and post it using a different author. You can change the author without doing any such thing.
There might occur 2 scenarios. In one of the cases, you might need to put your own name instead of another author or you might need to change the author of a post to a different author other than you. In the 2nd case, you will need to make sure that you have created a user with the name that you want to show as the author. You can manage all the user accounts under your administrator account on the wordpress dashboard.
How to change the author?
Step 1: The first thing you need to do is to edit the page or the post of which the author you will change. In the editing screen, you will see an option on the right hand corner “Screen Options” Click on it.
Step 2: A menu will appear with several editing options. You will need to click on the checkbox besides the option “Author”.
Step 3: Once done, you can now scroll down your main post editing page and just beneath the post editor there will be an option to edit the Author.
Step 4: Now you will need to click on that drop down button and you will be able to see all the users listed there, under your administration. You can choose the user that you want to set up and you are done.
Step 5: Click on the update or save draft button to make sure you do not have to go through these steps once again.
That will be all, now once you publish your post, the author shown will be different.
How to change the author for multiple posts in bulk?
Well, as you can see, changing the author name for a single wordpress post is not at all difficult. But what if you need to change the author name in multiple posts in bulk? If you progress with the method described above for multiple posts, it will take a lot of time to change the author for each and every post.
But, there is nothing to worry about, because changing the author for more than one post in wordpress can be done easily as well.
Step 1: The first thing is to go to “Posts” >> “All posts” option in your dashboard. This will list all the posts that you have published. By default it will show you 20 posts per page but if you want to show more you can change that number of posts per page to any number you would like using the Screen Options tab (As shown previously).
Step 2: Once done, you will need to select the posts for which you would want to change the author. After you are done with the selection, you can click on the drop down item “bulk actions”. It will give you an option “edit”. If you click on the “apply” button it will open the “bulk edit” option.
Step 3: Amongst all the options, you can see an option to edit the “Author”. Just click the dropdown and select the author you want to show for the selected posts. That is it. You are done.
Step 4: After changing the author, do save or update the post to avoid the loss of data. Without following this step, you will not be able to change the author name in bulk.
Once you publish the posts, the author names on those posts will be changed and this is how you can change the author names of multiple posts in bulk on a wordpress blog.
So, now that you have understood the steps, you should give it a try and see how it works. The best thing will be to check the steps on a demo post first, if it goes well, you can follow the process for your actual posts.
We hope that with this post, we were able to guide you on How to Change the Author of a Post in WordPress.