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How to Change the Author of a WordPress post

How to Change the Author of a WordPress post

Do you wish you should have chosen a better name for your content writers before posting on the WordPress website? Or a writer who published an article recently left your content writing agency and you don’t want to use his/her nickname for your posts.
There are plenty of reasons you may want to change WordPress Author including the above ones.

Here are the 5 easy ways to change the author of WordPress post. Don’t worry if you have too many posts and that you may spend hours updating authors of individual posts, you can bulk change the WordPress post authors easily.

First, make sure you have the user(s) registered as Author in WordPress. If not you can add a new user by navigating to WordPress Admin Dashboard > Users > Add New

Add New User in WordPress
Add New User in WordPress

Be sure to select a role as Author for the new user.

Add New User in WordPress as an Author
Add New User in WordPress as an Author

1) Change Author from WordPress Block Editor

Navigate to the WordPress Dashboard > All Post and click on the post whose author you wish to change.
On the right side of the screen select the Document tab and under Status & Visibility section you will notice the option to update the Author from the dropdown.

Update Author from post

Select the desired author and click on the Update button.

2) Quick Edit the Author from All Posts Page

To check the current authors of all the posts navigate to Dashboard > Posts > All Posts. Here you will see all the posts and there is also a column showing Author of the post.
If somehow you are not seeing the author column you can enable that from the screen options from the top right corner. Just check the checkbox for author column and click on apply

Select the Author column to display in all posts page
Select the Author column to display in all posts page

Now moving to the main part of the topic – Actually change the author of WordPress post.

Hover on the post whose author you wish to change & click on Quick Edit.

Quick Edit the post
Quick Edit the post

Select the new Author for the post & click on the Update button on the right side.

Change the Author of the post
Change the Author of the post

That’s it you have successfully updated the author for WordPress post. You can verify the updated author in the author column on the All Posts page.

3) Bulk changes the authors of multiple posts.

  • Select all the posts whose author you wish to change
  • Select Edit option from the dropdown under bulk actions & Click on apply.
Bulk edit the posts
Bulk edit the posts
  • Here you can change the author of all the selected posts in one go by updating the author from dropdown options. After selecting the desired author click on the Update button.
Update author for multiple posts
Update author for multiple posts

That’s it. You have changed the author for all the selected posts.

4) Update an Author’s Display Name in WordPress

Sometimes you may want to keep the author unchanged and only change the display name of the author.

This can be achieved by updating the display name of the user. You will need the Administrator account to change the display name of the other users.

Navigate to the WordPress Dashboard > Users > All Users. Hover on the name of the user and click on the edit link. 

Here you will see the option ‘Display name publicly as‘. This is the name that will be displayed instead of the user name of the author.
You can change the display name by updating the Nickname option (just above the ‘Display name publicly as’ option).
Once you update the Nickname that name will also be available in the dropdown for ‘Display name publicly as’ option.

Update authors display name
Update authors display name

5) Remove or Hide the Author Name on Your WordPress Posts

Sometimes you may want to not display author name at all, this makes sense when there is only one author for all the posts.

To hide the author’s information from posts manually, you’ll need to edit your site’s theme.
Navigate to Appearance > Customize in your dashboard, and find the option for ‘Additional CSS’ area of the Customizer.

Add the following code which will hide the author info from posts and publish the changes.

/* Remove meta data */
.entry-meta .byline, .entry-meta .cat-links { display: none; }
.entry-meta .posted-on { display: none; }
Custom CSS to hide Author info
Custom CSS to hide Author info

If you have any questions regarding how to change a WordPress theme, leave a comment and we’ll do our best to help you out!

2 Comments


  1. Aakash

    April 2, 2020 at 9:02 am

    Very nice article this information is very helpful for me to remove the author from wordpress site keep it up and your article is good

    Reply

  2. Jones

    April 2, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Hi,
    Awesome Post! As I have got tired of reading various posts on changing the author of WordPress, this article helped me a lot by explaining each step with real-time images.
    Keep Sharing information like this
    Thanks 🙂

    Reply

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