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Adding New Users and Defining User Types in WordPress 3.5+

By May 9, 2013October 18th, 2016Blog, Wordpress

Adding new users to your site is simple, thanks to the effortless User Control system of the WordPress Platform. However, adding users requires we first understand the different definitions of user types and what their functions are in WordPress.

Step 1:  Navigate to the “Add New” page in your WordPress Dashboard.

Open your WordPress Dashboard and find the Users tab.


The “Add New” page is under the Users tab on the Dashboard.

Now that you have determined what type of user you are adding to your blog, it is time to add your new user to the blog.

Step 2:Navigating on the Add New Screen

  1. Enter the Username for your new user. Usernames cannot be changed once selected.
  2. Enter the new user’s contact email. WordPress will contact this new user via the email supplied once the account has been created. You may also enter the user’s first and last name.
  3. Enter a generic password for the new user (for example, Pass1234). They should change this password on their first login to your WordPress blog.
  4. Select the Send Password button. This ensures the new user is aware of their login information.

New User entry

Step 3: Select User Type

Select whatever role you have chosen for the new user in the drop down menu.

  1. Administrator – This is the owner of the blog site. As owner of the blog site, the administrator has complete control over the contents of the entire blog. Administrators have complete control over content on the site, including users, posts, pages, blogs, themes, and can even delete the entire site if they so choose.
  2. Editor – If the Administrator is an owner role, the Editor is supervisory. While the Administrator has total control of the blog site, the Editor has much more limited control. Editors have the ability to publish and control content on pages and posts within the blog. They can  edit and delete, as well as managing comments, categories, tags, links and images. They cannot change the theme, add or control the individual users on the site or delete the blog.
  3. Authors – Authors have control over only their own content. They can edit, delete, write and upload their own images and posts, but cannot publish pages. They control posts rather than pages.
  4. Contributor – A contributor can create and edit their own posts, but cannot publish content or upload images and files. Once a contributor has created a post, it is submitted to the administrator to review, who may then publish the content. Once the Administrator has published the Contributor’s content, the contributor no longer has editorial access on their own content. The Contributor must be reviewed per post, and has no editorial freedom like the Author once the post is submitted for review.
  5. Subscriber – A Subscriber is a person who has signed up to receive updates to your blog. They cannot add/contribute any content to the blog. They cannot modify the site.

Step 4: Click the blue “Add New User” rectangle at the bottom of the page.

Now that you’ve added a new user to your WordPress Blog, your new user can now begin contributing to your site.

Lyle Dillie

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