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Guest Author, Manual change?

  • Does anyone know if one can manually input the name of a post’s “author”? I’m having a guest blogger, and I’d like just to switch the name of this one post.

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  • A post author has to be a valid User as the post_author field in you wp_posts table points to a user id in the wp_users table.

    I don’t believe this is possible, and I’m sure there are some good reasons behind it.

    The following might be a possible workaround for you though:
    1. Create a new user and assign them the role of “contributor” (uncheck the send password checkbox if you don’t want them to know it).
    2. Edit the post and change the author to your new user.
    3. Edit your new user and change their role to “subscriber.”

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