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Can I change the author name of a post (e.g. separate pen names)?

  1. I am creating a blog about various forms of fiction. I'd like to let authors put up samples of their writing, but I don't want to give status as an author or similar to every one - it would get ridiculous.

    If I put things up (as far as I can tell, even if I post a downloadable document), my name appears on it. Can I suppress this? If not, can I somehow put another name on these uniformly (e.g. "Contributor) or individually (e.g. "Artie M. Author")? I'd also like to be able to post under my real name and pen name separately without creating a separate account, so this isn't just a multi-author issue.

    The only thing I've thought up on my own is to create a separate account for myself, grant it permissions, and use that one. However, that would require setting up a whole new wordpress account, blog and all, and I don't want to create another account/blog to just sit there and not do anything.

    I'm using Titan, and I have set it up with the "Authors" widget so that visitors can easily find content (such as book reviews) by my band of regular contributors. I'd like to keep this functionality. I am open to using another theme (although Titan is working very well for what I want visually)

    The site I want to do this with is private right now (under development). My "regular" blog is shannonhowell.wordpress.com, if that is at all useful. I am using wordpress.com, not .org. If this would be only be possible using .org, please let me know :)

    Any thoughts/help would be warmly welcome!

    The blog I need help with is findstuff2read.wordpress.com.

  2. Hey there,

    The only thing I've thought up on my own is to create a separate account for myself, grant it permissions, and use that one. However, that would require setting up a whole new wordpress account, blog and all, and I don't want to create another account/blog to just sit there and not do anything.

    This is probably your best bet if you'd like to continue using WordPress.com.

    Unfortunately, this sort of functionality will require a plugin, which WordPress.com does not support. If you setup a WordPress.org blog, you can use a plugin like this to accomplish what you're after.

    Let me know if I can be of any further help.

    Best,
    P.

  3. Thanks for the help, Pcrumm!

    I have a follow-up question (or three). Can I convert a WordPress.com blog to a WordPress.org blog? If so, is there a cost involved and can you point me toward instructions on how to do so?

  4. Not convert. You can export the contents of a WP.com blog into a WP.org blog though, and then set the WP.com blog to Private.

    There is also a paid transfer for about $100 where staff takes care of all of it, but it's really not hard to do yourself.

    Details are in the Support docs. http://en.support.wordpress.com/

  5. Thanks. I don't suppose you can point me to a more specific part of the documentation?

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