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Adding New Users in WordPress


Adding New Users in WordPress

Adding New Users in WordPress might seem like a challenging and difficult task but it’s really quite easy.

If you’re new to WordPress, this is probably a task you’re unfamiliar with.

With this video we’re going to show you how to do that so that you can further Learn WordPress.

In order to fully understand the processes involved in Adding New Users in WordPress you’ve got to also understand the different user roles involved.

We’ll go over this briefly as well.

The five default roles of WordPress are:

  1. Administrator
  2. Editor
  3. Author
  4. Contributor
  5. Subscriber

Let’s go over them real quick to give you a feel for each ones responsibilities and permissions.

1. Administrator

On a default WordPress install, an administrator is the most powerful user role with the most permissions and privileges. Users with the administrator role can add new posts, edit any posts by any users on the site, and even delete those posts at their own discretion.

They can install, edit, and delete plugins as well as themes on the site as well. Most importantly an administrator user can add new users to the site, change information about existing users including their passwords as well as delete any user, yes, they can even do this to other administrators as well.

This role is basically reserved for site owners and gives the owner the full control of their WordPress site. If you’re running a multi-user WordPress site, then you should think very carefully about who you assign an administrator user role.

2. Editor

Users with the editor role in WordPress have full control on the content sections of a website. They can add, edit, publish, and delete any posts on a WordPress site including the ones written by others. An editor can moderate, edit, and delete comments as well.

Editors do not have access to change your site settings, install plugins and themes, or add new users so they can’t really do that much to damage a site.

3. Author

Users with the author role can write, edit, and publish their own posts on a WordPress site. They can also delete their own posts, even after they’ve published the post.

When writing posts, authors can’t create new categories however they can choose from existing categories. However they can add tags to their posts.

Authors can view comments, even those that are pending review, but they cannot moderate, approve, or delete any comments.

They do not have access to settings, plugins, or themes, so it is a fairly low-risk user role on a site with the exception of their ability to delete their own posts once they’re published.

4. Contributor

Contributors can add new posts and edit their own posts, but they cannot publish any posts not even their own, they have to wait for moderation from users with higher permissions and privileges to review their post. When writing posts they can not create new categories and will have to choose from existing categories. However, they are allowed to add tags to their posts in order to create some way to filter.

The biggest disadvantage of a contributor role is that they cannot upload files meaning they can’t add images on their own article, which obviously sucks.

Contributors can also view comments even those awaiting moderation. But they cannot approve or delete comments.

They do not have access to settings, plugins, or themes, so they cannot change any settings on your website.

5. Subscriber

Users with the subscriber user role can login to your WordPress site and update their user profiles. They can change their passwords if they want to. They cannot write posts, view comments, or do anything else inside of the WordPress admin area.

This user role is typically used if you require users to login before they can read a post or leave a comment. This is the most common use of this role.

We hope this has given you a little better of an understanding as to the roles of different users in WordPress and from everyone here at:


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