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Tuesday Tech Tip: Changing authors in WordPress

wordpress logoIt isn’t something you’ll need to do all that often, but there will come a time where you may want to change the author’s name on a WordPress post. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Make sure the new author has an account on your blog. If not, this won’t work.
  2. Go to the edit page for the post in question.
  3. In the upper-right corner of the page find the Screen Options tab and click it.
    Screen Options tab
  4. Check the author box.
    Author checkbox
  5. Scroll down the page and you’ll no find an Author dropdown list.
    Author dropdown
  6. Change the author as needed.
  7. Click the blue Update button.

At any point page step 4 you can also close the Screen Options tab and/or uncheck the Author option as needed.

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Michael Sauers

Michael Sauers is currently the Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln, Nebraska and has been training librarians in technology for more than 15 years. He has also been a public library trustee, a bookstore manager for a library friends group, a reference librarian, serials cataloger, technology consultant, and bookseller. He earned his MLS in 1995 from the University at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy. Michael’s twelfth book, Google Search Secrets (w/ Christa Burns) was published October 2013 and has two more books on the way. He has also written dozens of articles for various journals and magazines. In his spare time he blogs at travelinlibrarian.info, runs Web sites for authors and historical societies, takes many, many photos, and reads more than 100 books a year.

2 thoughts on “Tuesday Tech Tip: Changing authors in WordPress”

  1. This is one of those things I find easiest to do in “Quick Edit” from the Posts page. It’s also pretty easy to do in bulk from the posts page, if you select multiple posts and use Bulk action –> Edit. I actually get to do this fairly regularly. :)

  2. Ya know, I looked under quick edit to make sure I wasn’t missing something when I wrote this post and I was correct, it’s not there…. on this blog since I only have one author. So yes, you way is better.

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