I have created the post by user (A), later I changed the user of the post to (B), Now I want to find out who initially created the post i.e. user (A) who originally created it.

How can I achieve this?

  • Hi, you can take a look into this link or this one if you want to track the publisher of a post.
    – Johansson
    Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 18:29
  • Thanks Jack for the reply. But this does not give me the existing post old author name/id..any more suggestion?
    – 1991wp
    Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 18:39
  • I'm because the old authors are overwritten. You can use this feature for future posts.
    – Johansson
    Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 18:43
  • sorry Jack I am not getting what he explained any other solution which could be done in functions.php file?
    – 1991wp
    Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 18:48
  • You can try what @fergbrain explained in his answer, if you haven't deleted the revisions you might be able to retrieve the data. If it didn't help, then i will post an answer for further use.
    – Johansson
    Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 18:53

2 Answers 2


There are several approaches to your issue.

1- Getting the original author inside a loop

To retrieve the original author of a post inside a loop, you can use get_the_author(); to get the username of the author or $post->post_author(); to get his/her user id. If you wish to get the revisor's username or id, you can use the_modified_author(); or get_the_modified_author();.

2- In the back-end

If you want to have this result in the back-end (view the original author in the admin panel), you can use the following plugin made specifically for this purpose.

Published By plugin made by Scott reilly

  • You are most welcome.
    – Johansson
    Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 19:36
  • I think this could be achieved without plugin too
    – 1991wp
    Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 19:37
  • Yes for sure, but plugin is the easiest way, and needs no extra coding.
    – Johansson
    Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 19:40

The easiest way is to sleuth through the mySQL database. Every change to a post is saved. Run the following query using phpMyAdmin (or your mySQL tool of choice): SELECT wp_users.ID, wp_users.user_nicename, wp_posts.post_title FROM wp_posts LEFT JOIN wp_users ON wp_posts.post_author = wp_users.ID WHERE post_parent = 1234

1234 is the current post_id of the post you want to find.

This will display the user id, user nicename, and title of the post for the prior revisions.

  • Sorry fergbrain this is not helping out..
    – 1991wp
    Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 18:58
  • Can you be more specific?
    – fergbrain
    Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 19:29

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