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5.9 – Users


Brining additional users, such as content writers, designers, support staff, or developers to your site may prove useful so it’s important that user roles are understood. WordPress comes with five default user roles which control how individual users interact with your website. These roles are assigned or modified through the User screen on the WordPress dashboard.

users panel

The role assigned determines the restrictions on users to make changes to your site. The five default roles are:

The Administrator Role

Administrators have access to all the administration features within a single site including changing themes, modifying core files, changing other users’ roles and control over all content. The administrator roles should be restricted to only those who need it.

The Editor Role

Editors can edit, publish, manage and delete the posts of other users. They can also moderate comments and manage categories and links.

The Author Role

Authors can publish, edit, or delete their own posts. They can upload files into the Media Library and delete files they have uploaded. Authors can moderate comments on their own posts.

The Contributor Role

Contributors can write, edit, and delete their own unpublished posts. Their posts must be reviewed and published by an Admin or Editor. Contributors do not have access to the Media Library.

The Subscriber Role

New users are Subscribers by default. Subscribers can post comments and create a profile through your WordPress dashboard.

Check the Anyone can register box under Settings > General > Membership to allow visitors to register in the back end of your site.

subscriber default settings

Add the Meta widget to your sidebar from Appearance > Widgets to allow visitors to register and log in at the front end of your site.

widget panel meta

Add New User

To add a new user login to your WordPress admin area ( then navigate to Users > ‘Add New’ in the Dashboard sidebar.

add new user panel

Fill in the details and select a user role for the new account. Profile information is publicly displayed on the site. By default this include the following required and optional information:

  • Username (required)
  • Email (required)
  • First name
  • Last name
  • Website
  • Password (required)
  • Role (set to Subscriber by default)

Once the new user account has been created that user can then login.

The User Profiles

Each user with an account has a profile. Additional information fields can be included by visiting the user profile, such as links to social media and biographical information. The profile can be found under Users > Your Profile

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Managing Users

Users with the administrator role can manage the other user accounts on a WordPress website. Actions which can be taken include deleting accounts or changing the user roles individually or in bulk, as well as selecting an account to edit in more detail. This all takes place from the ‘All Users’ screen, found under the Users menu item.

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