Hmm, how to explain this? While alpha testing a new WordPress Plugin, it worked on some posts, but not others. After a lot of research and checking, we discovered that the author ID was different on the posts with the problem. The Plugin was author ID dependent, so it would only work on posts with the matching author ID.
Wait a minute! This is my blog and I’m the only author. Why should there be two IDs?
Sure enough, I checked the Users > Authors and Users panel and found that there are two Lorelle VanFossens blogging on my blog. How did that happen?
The painful part is that at the time, Lorelle number 1 had 547 posts attributed to her, and Lorelle number 2 had 349 posts attributed to her. Lorelle number 2 had to be merged with Lorelle number 1, so there is only one author on that blog, not two Lorelles.
It seems that during a complicated import, two Lorelles were created on my blog as legitimate authors. One of them had to go. Which one and how is the challenge.
Are you still with me? Which me?
Combining Post Authors
There will be times when you run across more than one you on your blog claiming to be the author of your blog, or times when you need to remove an author from your blog, for whatever reason. Here are your options:
- You can leave all those posts attributed to the author on your blog. By taking away user access, the author will no longer have access to editing those posts, but the posts will still carry their name.
- You can delete all the posts, along with the author access. Bye-bye content.
- You can reassign all the posts to someone (or something) else.
In my case, I want to delete Lorelle number 2 and assign her posts to Lorelle number 1, since I will only allow one Lorelle on my blog.
Here are step-by-step instructions on how to do this:
- Back up your WordPress database.
- On the Users > Authors and Users panel, click the checkbox next to the author you want to change.
- Scroll down and choose Delete checked users.
- Check everything to make sure you made the right choices, then click Update.
- On the next page, check the ID and name to make sure this is the author you wish to delete.
- Under “What should be done with posts and links…”, select Attribute all posts and links to: and set it for the new author. In my case, it’s “admin”, the real Lorelle.
- Check again to make sure everything is right (there is no turning back now!), then click Confirm Deletion.
- Check the number of posts for the attributed user and the numbers should add up right.
They do and I’m happy, and now the WordPress Plugin works like a charm.
I hope you don’t find clones of yourself on your own blog, but if you do, you now know how to fix it.
And this has me wondering. What do you call two Lorelles? Lorelli? Lorellia? Lorellies?
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