Some of you might want to add users to your website for different reasons. Perhaps you want someone to manage your posts and pages, or you just need someone to check your content to see if its well structured and written; and so on.

Some of you might want to add authors to your site who will write content for you on a regular basis.

Fortunately, WordPress comes with a nice built-in features, which allows you to add new users with different capabilities and roles, and, in this article, I’ll show you how to do that!

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Adding a new user in WordPress

To add a new user, you just need to log in to WordPress and go to Users -> Add New:

How to add a new user to WordPress

Once there, you’ll see this:

Add new user to WordPress form

Now fill out the form. Add a username that’s quite easy to remember (usually the user’s name), the email, the role, and the rest of the info in the optional fields, if you wish so.

Don’t forget to press the “Show Password” button, otherwise you’ll get this error: “ERROR: Please enter your password.”

After you click the Add New User user button, the user will receive a mail with a link to change his password:

WordPress user password reset

Let’s learn a bit about those roles you have to set:

  • Administrator: This is the Big Daddy! The Administrator has full control of the site: pages, posts, plugins, settings, themes, etc.;
  • Editor: An Editor can edit, publish and delete posts/pages; moderate comments; manage tags, categories and links; upload images and different files;
  • Author: Authors can only handle their posts: create, edit, publish, delete, and upload files/images;
  • Contributor: Contributors can create and edit posts, but cannot publish them. The posts are submitted to the Administrator to review them. Once a post is published by the Administrator, it can no longer be edited by the Contributor!;
  • Subscriber: Subscribers can only leave comments.

Depending on what plugins you are using, you can have additional roles there:

WordPress user roles

Managing your WordPress users

As an Administrator, you can always add and delete users, change their roles or profiles, like adding additional contact information and a small biographical info, so that the readers can get to know your authors a little bit.

WordPress user information

In order to delete or edit a user, just go to the Users area and hover your mouse cursor over their username:

How to edit users in WordPress

Video tutorial (HD)


That’s a wrap

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