At a family get together, when cooking a big meal for a holiday or an occasion, everyone has a different duty. Uncle Mikes at the grill, Aunt Linda is making the salad, your cousin Ben is helping your sister Julie make that totally amazing brownie, mom’s baking the ham and so on.

WordPress allows you to  create users and also give them different “roles” depending on what level of access that user should have and what they are going to be able to edit in the website.

Users who can access the back end and edit the website are have and “administrator” role.

While a full description of user rolls can be found at this link, here are some of the most common user roles and their capability: 

  • Administrator – somebody who has access to all the administration and editing features of the website.
  • Editor – somebody who can publish and manage blog posts including the blog posts of other.
  • Author – somebody who can publish and manage their own blog posts, but not blog posts written by others.
  • Subscriber – somebody who can only manage their profile on your website. This would apply if your website had the ability to allow users to sign up for and create accounts on your website, a lot of e-commerce websites have this function. 

Now that you know the key user rolls and what they mean, here is how to add a new user and assign new or change user roles