Occasionally, the WordPress author may need to be changed on a post. Fortunately, that’s pretty easy to do in most cases. In fact, WordPress provides two built-in methods to do this; one for individual jobs and another for bulk.
In fact, both methods take less than a minute to make, so you can breathe easily. There are also many author-related plugins that may add additional methods and features.
Today I will show you how to change the WordPress Author using both of those methods.
Why Change the Author in WordPress?
If your blog expands beyond a single author, there may come a time when he or she leaves your team. In some cases, you may no longer want their name on your website. Therefore, changing the name becomes essential.
In other cases, you may have another staff member comprehensively rewriting to modernize the piece. At that point, listing it as the work of the original author is not accurate.
Your website could also use contributors. While credit should go where credit is due, the user can delete their account or ask for their name to be removed from your website. Changing the author is a simple but effective solution to the problem.
I guarantee that if you have multiple authors, there will be a moment that you need to change the author’s name.
Method 1: Change Single WordPress Post Author
This is by far the simplest and the most direct. Allows you to change the author of a single post within seconds.
To start, click on Posts and select the All Posts option.
Click on the current post from which you want to change the author. Once you’re inside the mail, if it’s not already open, click on the Settings Wheel.
Expand the Status and Visibility section by clicking on it.
Use the author drop down menu to select which author to use.
Click the “Update” button to complete the changes.
Congratulations, you have successfully used WordPress to change the author of the post. You can repeat this step on other posts, but I would recommend using a bulk action if there is more than one.
Method 2: Change WordPress Multiple Jobs Autism
WordPress allows you to perform many types of bulk actions on posts, and luckily for us, one of those actions allows you to change the author. This is very useful when you need to delete an author from your site.
Click on Posts and select the All Posts option.
Depending on how many posts your site has, you may want to expand the number of visible posts in this section. To do so, click Screen Options.
Increase the value in the page box.
Use the check boxes next to each post to select which should be affected by the bulk action.
Note: You can also use the top checkbox to select all mail. This could be faster if more jobs need to be changed than those that don’t.
Use the Bulk actions drop down menu to select the Edit option.
Click on the “Apply” button.
The Edit option allows you to make several changes to selected posts, this includes things like setting the status, comments, pingbacks, and more. In our case, we change the author.
Use the Author drop down menu to change the author of all selected posts.
Click the “Update” button to apply the changes.
Congratulations, you have successfully changed the WordPress author on each of the selected posts. You can do this again at any time.
Add Attractive WordPress Author Bios
WordPress is fully customizable, and one of the first things any blog should do is modify the writer’s inbox. This allows you to display a short message and sometimes include contact information.
The first way to do this is by using Custom CSS, however, a much easier way is to use author bio-plugin.
Here are a few awesome ones to try.
Simple Writer Box
Simple Writer Box adds an author box at the end of each post. From it, you can add gravatar, the author’s biography, and most importantly, you can add social media icons. This helps the author increase his presence on social media and possibly find new customers.
In terms of design, the plugin is basic, so this plugin may not be for you if you’re looking for something flashier.
Starbox – the Writer Box for People
Starbox is a very flexible author box plugin. It allows you to choose from a variety of styles to choose the perfect author box for your website. You can place the author box either at the bottom or at the top of the post. It also supports icons for most major social networks.
This may sound complicated, but it’s really easy. It will only take a few minutes to set up.
WP Post Author
WP Post Author is another excellent choice that can help you customize the writers box. It allows it to appear in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be set by short code. The plugin also adds a custom widget that you can use to display author information in the widget area.
And it’s worth mentioning that social media buttons, with icons, are supported in all types of boxes.
SEO Tips For Writer Boxes
Learning how to change the author in WordPress and customizing the writer box is important, but you also need to make sure it is SEO friendly.
That’s right, you even have to worry about the writers box.
For example, the length of the author’s description or biography is important. The general rule that most websites follow is to keep author bios to a maximum of 100 words. This is generally between 3 and 4 sentences long and should give a brief overview of your history as a writer or role.
A major problem that most websites neglect is the author’s archives page. This is the page where WordPress displays a list of authors and some of their latest work. If your site has only one author, the page will duplicate your homepage.
So, in this case, you want to make sure that search engines do not find it by using the No-Follow link.
For many writers, it’s okay to have crawled.
Show Your Authors
Having multiple authors allows you to create content faster and add new perspectives to your site. Therefore, they dramatically increase the potential of any website. Having personalized writer boxes can help you make them stand out to visitors.
This is especially important if your website is engaging in collaboration. It’s common to have someone from each website write for the other’s website. It is vital to ensure that their bio and contact information is front and center.
Even if you only have one author, it’s important to highlight that. Let your community know who you are by adding your own personal flair to the box. This can also help visitors realize they are talking to an author in the comments section.
Don’t be afraid to walk your stuff, or in this case, your author stuff.
Why did you need to change the WordPress author? What plugin do you use to style your author box?