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I apologize if this is mentioned on here but I can't find any information!

Anyway, I am building a WordPress site where I created the content with my administrator account. However, once the site is launched there are going to be 10-15+ Author accounts in order to manage a single custom post each.

Is there any way that I can create a new account, and add author capability to a post which already exists but is not created by them?

Or is there a way I can change the author on an existing post from the admin account to the newly created one?

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There's a capability that's named edit_others_posts, that you can assign to users or roles. But there's also an easier way to do this: The (by default) hidden "Author" meta box.

How-to change the author of a post

1. Click the "screen options" tab on the upper right of the admin screen. 2. Check the "Author" checkbox

3. Choose the author of the post

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Thanks - this is actually for a custom post type so I had to add a single line to my functions.php file - add_post_type_support('my_post_type', 'author'); - After that, your instructions worked like a charm! – delvec Mar 21 '12 at 10:14
Good to hear :) – kaiser Mar 21 '12 at 10:16
Okay, I have another question about this. Is there a way I can setup these 'Author' accounts so that they can edit and publish a single custom post where I set them as the author... however restrict them from authoring and publishing normal generic posts or blog posts? – delvec Mar 21 '12 at 19:41
@delvec Just take a look at Roles & Capabilites in Codex. You can assign/remove every cap to every role and/or user. – kaiser Mar 22 '12 at 0:37

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