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Change user's default display name? (3 posts)

  1. katemgilbert
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Is there a way to change the default user display name for my WordPress install? It defaults to username in all instances, but I want it to default to first name.

    I know I can change this on the user profile edit page, but I have hundreds of users that I'm adding by CSV import, so I need a way to automate it.

    Thanks!

  2. vtxyzzy
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    You could change them with SQL using an UPDATE statement like this:

    UPDATE wp_users, wp_usermeta
    SET display_name = meta_value
    WHERE ID = user_id
    AND meta_key = 'first_name'

    BE SURE to back up your database first!

  3. Tevya
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    You can change WP to do it, but you'd have to edit code. I'd like to see it in a plugin (or an option in the core), as I think many other people would. See this thread: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/change-default-display-name-1

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