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Published By

Track which user actually published a post, separate from who created the post. Display that info as a column in admin post listings.

If a post is published, then changed back to a draft, and then published a second time by a different user, who is noted as the publishing user?

The user most recently responsible for a post getting published will be recorded as the publishing user. Editing a published post does not change the publishing user.

How do I see (or hide) the "Published By" column in an admin listing of posts?

In the upper-right of the page is a "Screen Options" link that reveals a panel of options. In the "Columns" section, check (to show) or uncheck (to hide) the "Published By" option.

Why does the person's name listed as the "Published By" user appear in italics with a question mark at the end?

It's an indication that for the given post the name shown is a guess by the plugin based on existing post data. For posts that were published prior to the use of this plugin (and thus the plugin could not directly record who published those posts), the plugin makes a best guess attempt to ascertain who published the post. After failing to find the publisher of the post as recorded by the plugin, it checks for who last edited the post, then who is responsible for the latest revision of the post, and finally failing those, it assumes it was the post author. It's likely that the guess is correct, but it's impossible to say for certain when the plugin isn't activated when posts were published.

Does this plugin include unit tests?


Requires: 4.6 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.7.2
Last Updated: 4 weeks ago
Active Installs: 60+


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