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How to Change or Add Blog Post Authors in WordPress

How to Change or Add Blog Post Authors in WordPress

When installing and set up WordPress for the first time, you were requested to enter a few details about yourself. One of them was your name.

The text that you entered in that field will be displayed as the blog post author. If you entered your first name or just a random name to quickly pass through the process, you probably would like to know how to change it.

In this article, I will show you how to change your author name or add a new author to your WordPress website.

Let’s start by changing your own author name.

How to Change Your Displayed Author Name

First thing first, let’s see what is the author name that we want to change. Navigate into one of your blog posts and look for the meta section (post details) of the post.

As seen in the image below, the displayed blog post author’s name is Admin. Although I could use it, I would lik to change it to PluginsForWP.

Blog post author name before changed

Step #1: Add author display name variations

To see all your author name variations that currently exist, log-in to your WordPress website and navigate to Users -> Your Profile.

On this screen look for ‘Display name publicly as’ and click on the drop-down menu to see the available options. If you like any of the available options, choose it, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the ‘Save’ button.

Check author display name variations

If you couldn’t find your desired variation, let’s add it.

Above the ‘Display name publicly as’ you’ll find four fields. The first one is the ‘Username’ and it is greyed-out and can’t be changed.

Under the username, you’ll see three more fields:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Nickname

You will be able to enter text or edit any of the fields above.

In the Nickname field, enter the preferred author name that you would like to display in your blog posts.

Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the ‘Save’ button.

Now when checking the ‘Display name publicly as’ list again, you’ll see the new Nickname that you just entered a second ago.

Choose it and save the page one more time.

New WordPress blog post author name variation

Step #2: Check your new author name

Now, just visit your blog posts again and make sure the changes took place and your new author name is displayed.

New blog post author name

How to Add a New Author

When running a blog, you may want to outsource your blog posts and add more authors to your website.

They can write the posts for you in a document file, send it over your way, and you’ll have to enter it yourself. That is a long process and may lose the reason for outsourcing, which is to save time.

A great solution for you is to add them (the writers) as website authors and give them permission to enter and edit the blog posts themselves.

Adding users as authors won’t make you lose control or risk your website in any way. Author role permissions are pretty limited and very similar to regular user/subscriber roles just with the options of add, delete, and edit the posts. That being said, make sure you trust the writer before you add him/her as an author. After all, you don’t want them to write a blog post if you don’t trust them.

The process of adding a new author is fairly quick and easy.

Step #1: Add a new user

From inside your WordPress dashboard. Navigate to Users -> Add new.

On this screen, fill up the relevant information and click on the ‘Role’ drop-down menu.

From the ‘Role’ list, choose ‘Author’ and click ‘Add New User’. Congratulation, you just added a new author to your website.

How to add a new WordPress author user

Step #2 (optional): Change the new author display name.

If you would like to change the way his author name is displayed in your blog posts. Navigate to Users -> All Users and click Edit under your new author username.

Here, just like I showed you earlier, you’ll have the option to choose his displayed author name from the ‘Display name publicly as’ drop-down list.

If you found the right name, choose it, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Save. If you didn’t find the desired name, just edit the Nickname text and click Save. Now, you’ll see the new name under the ‘Display name publicly as’ drop-down list.

How to Change Authors of an Existing Blog Post

Now, that you have multiple authors, you have the option to change the author of any blog post.

If you would like to change the blog post author, There is no need to republish it again under the other name. Instead, we can quickly change the blog post author with a click of a button.

Navigate to the back-end of the blog post where you want to change the author’s name. On the new Gutenberg edit post interface, the option to change the author’s name will appear on the right side.

Under the ‘Status & Visibility’ tab, you’ll find the Author option with a drop-down list. Click on the list and choose your desired author. Update the post and visit it one more time to make sure the changes took place.

Choose blog post author

How to Bulk-Change Authors for Multiple Blog Posts

Changing the post author name can take a while if your website has many blog posts. Instead of changing each post individually, we can bulk edit multiple posts at once.

To go through each of the blog posts one by one and change their author names can be a long process especially if you have many blog posts. There is a much faster and effective way to do it.

From your WordPress dashboard, navigate to Posts -> All Posts.

Navigate to All Posts under Posts

On this screen, check all the blog posts that you would like to change. The ones with the wrong authors.

Choose ‘Edit’ under ‘Bulk Action’ and click ‘Apply’.

Select all the blog posts that you would like to change

On the left box, you’ll see all the blog posts that you’re editing and on the right side, you’ll have the option to choose an author. Choose your desired author and click ‘Update’.

Bulk change author name for wordpress blog posts

That’s it, all the checked blog posts have a new author. Feel free to navigate to any of the blog posts to confirm that.

Feel free to watch the video tutorial:

Conclusion

In this article, you learned how to change your author name and add a new author to your WordPress website. Now, that you’re happy with your displayed author name, it’s a good time to write more blog posts and share your knowledge with the world.

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