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You have got to choose among these names or roles when you create and add users to the back office of your WordPress Blog. Here are the wordpress users names/roles:


What and who do you assign those names/roles? What are their authority and limitations?

These names are actually given with different levels of authority built into WordPress to make your work easier and more secure.

An administrator, which is usually you, the owner has access to everything on your WordPress blog. You have the authority on pages, posts, themes, plugins, widgets, managing other users and many more. You could add, delete, install, change, and configure anything!

It is important to know the different functions and authority on those users if you are outsourcing your WordPress work to a graphic designer, writer or assistant. They need to get inside your WordPress dashboard to work on their designated assignments.

How do you choose?

Editor: An editor could manage, delete, edit and publish another person’s or own posts and pages. They could add categories, tags and be the comments moderator.

After administrator role, editor is the next level of authority.

Author: An author can manage, publish their own posts but cannot manage another person’s posts. An author cannot make any changes to anything else other that what he or she created.

Contributor: A contributor could manage and write their posts but have no authority to publish the posts. So if you have a guest blogger, you could let them have access to your WordPress blog and add the content. You will then go in and edit and publish.

Subscriber: If you have a membership site, this will be where you direct your paid clients. They are the subscribers to your WordPress blog and could view all the content. They could change their own profile if they want.

All these names/roles do not hold full authority except the administrator.

To add wordpress users to your WordPress blog, here are the steps:
1. Create a username which will be used for login
2. Enter user’s email address
3. First name
4. Last name
5. Website of user if he/she has a website
6. Enter password twice, there will be a strength indicator for your password
7. Check the box to send password to new user or send it separately to the new user
8. Choose the name/role for the new user from the drop-down box
9. Click add user and save

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