Users

The Users screen lets you add, change or delete your site’s users. Also you can search for users, and you can make bulk changes and deletions to a selected group of users. Access the Users screen by clicking Users in the left side menu of the Dashboard.

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Adding New Users

When creating a WordPress site, an Administrator account is automatically made. You can add more users at Users > Add New. For each new user, a username and an email address must be entered. You can also enter the user’s first and last name as well as the URL to their website, if they have one. Finally, you must specify the role the new user has. When you’re done, click the Add New User button. An email will be sent to the address entered above, notifying the new user about the creation of their user account.

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Predefined Roles

WordPress has six predefined roles: Super Admin, Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor and Subscriber. Each role can perform a specific set of tasks called capabilities. A default set of capabilities is preassigned to each role, but WordPress can be altered to assign or remove capabilities to each user role.

The Super Admin role allows a user to perform all possible capabilities. Each of the other roles has a decreasing number of allowed capabilities. For instance, the Subscriber role has just the “read” capability.

Summary of Roles

  • Super Admin – has access to the site network administration features and all other features. See the Create a Network article.
  • Administrator – has access to all the administration features within a single site.
  • Editor – can publish and manage posts including the posts of other users.
  • Author – can publish and manage their own posts.
  • Contributor – can write and manage their own posts but cannot publish them.
  • Subscriber – can only manage their profile.

A detailed list of all capabilities for each user role can be found at the WordPress Codex.