I'm in the process of converting an old custom CMS site into WP. Many articles have two authors. Since an non-augmented WP install can only assign one author per article, the geek hired to bring the data over ended up with lots of extra authors listed. So if author A is the site owner and co-authors with B, C, D each of whom also have distinct articles, I now have all of them in there alone AND all of them in there with A, so A, B, AB, C, AC, D, AD, etc.
I've added the Co-Authors Plus plug-in. Now I'm trying to go in and reassign each of the joint articles manually to the two separate authors so I can remove the combined authors entirely. The goal is to have a list of authors with no repeats. And to have the articles with co-authors display both author names in the by-line and in the post-article author's box.
There appears to be no way to remove the initiating author after I've added the two distinct authors (so I add A and B and want to remove AB who was the original author). Is there a way to remove the original author once I've added other authors? I've looked in the post where the authors are listed and delete is not an option. If I try to delete the user entry entirely it asks me to reassign the article or delete it. It's already assigned to both authors and I don't want to delete it. Maybe I need to only assign it one author then delete the joint and tell it to assign to the second author? so complex!
Also, while the article does display under both authors, it seems to only display one by-line and one author profile.
I don't have anything useful for you to look at yet. I'm wondering if this is the best approach and what else I can do to simplify this and get it working correctly. I'm not a code jock so please take that into account.
I'm also worried if I do all this manual work that I won't regret it later. What happens to the co-author assignments if that plug-in fails or is removed?