WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems in the market due to its easy to use interface and a lot of amazing features.
What is WordPress User Roles?
When your Blog becomes big and you need people to take care of it or maybe you want to add authors for your blog posts but you don’t want to give them full access to your blog.
This is where the role of the Users feature comes in handy in WordPress.
Here in WordPress, it lets you add other users to your Blog or Website by giving them a certain role where each role has a specific task in the website.
How To Add Users in WordPress
First login to your WordPress dashboard and then on the left side click on Users.
Now click on Add New
Now here you need to enter all the details of the user that you want to add to your blog and assign them a particular role.
Here the Username and Email are the required fields that you need to fill. Name and Website are optional but if you want you can fill those as well.
Now one thing to remember here is that the username should be unique for each User. So choose one accordingly.
Now you need to set a password. You can either create your own password or click on Generate Password where WordPress will give you a generated password.
If you ask me, you should create your own password because it will be easy to remember otherwise you can reset your password anytime you want. Although when the user will receive the login details they have to set their own password.
Now make sure the Send User Notification option is checked. This will send an email with the username and password to the person whom you are giving a role in your blog.
Now from the dropdown option, you need to select a role.
There are five different types of roles in WordPress:
Now let us first understand what does each role specify
This is the most basic role in WordPress. This role allows the user to create a profile on your website. This helps them to leave comments easily on your posts without having to enter their name and email every time.
In this role, the user cannot edit anything on the website.
The contributor role allows the user to add and edit their own posts. They cannot edit other Users posts. The only limitation here is that the user cannot publish their post.
Also, they cannot make any changes to the website or install any plugin.
The author role allows the user to add, edit and publish a post. It is being like a writer for the blog. But here also the author role doesn’t allow editing other people’s posts.
Most of the things are the same here as the contributor role except here you can write and publish the post.
The Editor role is usually used to manage a team of authors under a blog. The Editor role allows the user to add, edit, publish their as well as other people’s posts.
But still, they cannot access the pages of the website or the admin settings.
An Administrator role is the most important role in the website. This role allows the user full access to the website.
The user having an administrator role can edit pages, change themes, install plugins, add or delete users.
This is a very crucial role and it should be only given to the person whom you trust.
Now after completing everything, you need to click on Add New User and the User will be added to your website.
After you have added the user, the user will get an email that will contain all the login details along with a link to set the password.
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