Tutorial: How To Change or Remove Author in WordPress

Do you want to change the author of a post or page in WordPress? In this article, I show how you can quickly adjust the author of a page or post. In addition, I show how you can change the author for multiple posts or pages in one go.

There are several reasons for customizing the author of a WordPress message or page. A good example is when I rewrite an old article on Wiki Soft that was not written by me in the first instance. When I publish the new article, I naturally want my name to be above and below the article.

Change Author in WordPress:

There are several ways to adjust the author of a post or page. You can only change the WordPress author of an article if that user has already been added to your WordPress account. Please note: to add a new user, you must have administrator access. You can then add a user as follows.

  • Log in to WordPress
  • Click on ‘ Users ‘ in the left sidebar
  • Click on “Add New” on the “Users” page
  • Enter the required info and click on “Add new user”

After you have added the author to WordPress, you can set the authorship per message.

1: Via the Messages or Pages Menu:

The quickest way to adjust the author for one specific article is by moving your mouse over the Message or Pages menu in WordPress and then clicking on the content whose author you want to change. Then click on ” Quick edit “. WordPress now shows a new menu in which you can easily adjust the author:

 

At the “Author” option you will find a drop-down menu in which you can easily switch authors. This is by far the fastest way to change the author of a post or page.

2: While Editing the Message Itself:

If you are already editing the page (or message) whose author you want to change, it may be more convenient to edit the author directly from this screen.

First of all, you will have to open the “Screen settings” in the top right corner of the WordPress admin. You will then see the following menu. Make sure that “Author” is checked.

Display settings

By checking this box, you ensure that WordPress shows the settings for “author”. Once you have checked this box, look for the next drop-down menu. You can usually find this somewhere under the Editor:

 

Select the correct user here and then click on “Update” or “Publish” at the top right. The author of your page or post has now been updated.

3: Edit Author for Multiple Pages or Messages Simultaneously:

Are there multiple pages or messages for which you want to change the author in one go? You can also do this from the Messages or Pages menu. You do this by selecting multiple pages or messages, by checking them on the left:

 

Make sure all posts or pages for which you want to change the author are checked. Now select in the dropdown (outlined above in red) for the option “Edit” and then click on “Apply”. A new menu now pops up where you can edit messages (or pages) in bulk:

 

Then select the author you want to assign to the selected messages and click on “Update”. All selected posts or pages will now be assigned to the author of your choice.

4. Edit User Settings:

To edit a user in WordPress, click Users in the left sidebar. if you are here click on edit to edit the user. If you are here, you have many options:

  • create a new password
  • disable the visual editor so that only the author can write in the text editor
  • Change the author’s header and descriptions
  • Update the function, first and last name, and display name

Remove Author in WordPress:

In some cases, you want to completely remove an account from WordPress. You then have two options:

  • Delete the user/author and assign the content to another user
  • Delete the user/author and also delete all his / her content

In addition, you can choose to deactivate an account (temporarily or otherwise). For more information about this I would like to refer you to the article:  Deactivate WordPress user without deleting the account.

Note:  You can only delete users if you are an Administrator.

1: Delete User, but Retain the Content:

If you want to delete a user without losing any content, go to Users> All Users in WordPress. Now move your mouse over the user you want to delete, and the Delete button will become visible:

 

Click Delete to go to the next screen. In this final screen, WordPress will ask you what you want to do with the content (messages and pages) of that author/user. Select the option “Link all content to:” and select another user to link the content:

 

Now click on “Confirm Delete”. The account will now be deleted without losing that user’s content. This is “hung” to the user you selected.

2: Delete User and His / Her Content:

The user is then completely deleted, including all content that is still linked to the user. To remove a user and all of his content, follow the same steps as described above. But instead of “Link all content to:” you choose the option “Delete all content”.

Change the Author to Another User in Block Editor:

You can change the author to another user in Block Editor as follows:

  • Click on Posts and then on All posts
  • Choose the message whose author you want to change and click Edit
  • Click Document in the right sidebar
  • Search Author

Change the Author to Another User in WordPress:

You can change the author to another user in the classic editor as follows:

  • Click  Screen  Options at the top right of the page
  • Check the box  Author  to
  • Scroll down, you will see the Author  drop-down list  below the message
  • change the author and click  Update

 

Hide Authors on WordPress Messages:

Greater focus on content or erasing clutter if you are always the only author are two reasons why you want to exclude authors from your WordPress messages. You can hide authors from a WordPress message as follows

Option 1: Disable the Author Box of Each User:

If you don’t have many contributors, the simplest strategy is to go to each user’s settings and disable the authoring options.

Option 2: Edit the CSS:

If you have many users and do not want to comment on each of their settings, you can hide authors on posts by editing the CSS. However, the process for this will vary based on your theme. You have to add a code if that doesn’t work you have to delete this code. If you still cannot make it work, contact the creator of the theme for specific directions.

Option 3: Use a Plug-in:

Fiddling with CSS is risky, and if you don’t feel comfortable making advanced changes, you can use a plug-in instead. We recommend the WP Meta and Date Remover plug-in. Install and activate it, and then decide how you want to hide the metadata.