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Change the Author of a Post in WordPress Classic Editor and Gutenberg

There are certain situations when you want to change the author of your post without having to copy and paste the entire content in a new post with a new author name. The author is one of the main user roles in WordPress so it’s very important to get it right for each of your posts. Whatever your reasons for changing the author, you’ll be glad to know that it’s very easy to do, both in the Classic Editor and in the new Gutenberg one:

Changing the Author in the Classic Editor

To change the author of a post in the Classic Editor, log into your WordPress Dashboard and click on the post you want to change the author for.

Next, go to Screen Options, in the upper right portion of the editor, and make sure the Author box is checked.

Check author box

Now, scroll down and find the Author field. Open it and select the author you want from the menu.

Select the author you want

Don’t forget to save changes by clicking the Update button.

Changing the Author in the Gutenberg Editor

The procedure for changing the author of a post in the new WordPress Gutenberg editor is somewhat different. In the new editor, you no longer go to Screen Options and proceed from there. Instead, the author-related options are located within the post itself, in the Document tab, which is definitely quicker and more convenient.

Select the author you want in Gutenberg editor

Changing the Author Without Entering the Post

If you want to change the author in WordPress really quickly, without actually entering the post in question, you can do so by hovering over the post and clicking on Quick Edit.

Quick edit post

The Author menu will open up, where you can change the author of that one specific post.

This procedure is the same both for the Classic Editor and for the Gutenberg users.

Quick change post author

WordPress Change Author Functionality for Multiple Posts

If you want to change the author for more than one previously published post, go to All Posts, select the posts, go to Bulk ActionsEdit, and then click on Apply.

Edit multiple posts

Select the new author here.

Select the new author

Finally, don’t forget to click on Update to apply the changes.

This step is completely the same both for the Classic Editor users and for those using the new Gutenberg editor.


As you can see, it’s very easy to change the author of one specific post or several different posts in WordPress, regardless of the type of editor you’re using. As usual, WordPress offers several different options, and it’s totally up to you which one you’re going to use. Now that you know how to change the author in WordPress, we are sure your website is going to run even smoother than before.

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Comments (6)

  • Joe

    You need to update this post, Gutenberg no longer has the option to change author name 🙁

      • Herve

        Strange, I have an administrator account and an editor account, before I could choose between the two accounts.
        For a few weeks now, I haven’t had the option.
        Thank you

  • Mark

    Perhaps worth noting that if you’re importing posts from another blog, when it recreates the users, it will set them to the default access level as newly registered users (by default this is ‘subscriber’).

    Subsequently, if you try to change the owner of a post to any of these newly created users, they won’t show up in the list of users to allocate posts to. In order to do that, you’ll need to change their access level to a role that can post. With the default user roles, the lowest role that will have this access is ‘contributor’.


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