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How to Add and Edit Users in WordPress

In the previous section we learnt how to install WordPress plugins and now in this article we will be discussing user administration in WordPress. As you already know, when you installed WordPress, you created an administrative user that you login to administer the wordpress site.

However, WordPress is a powerful content management system that allows you to add unlimited number of users an assign these proper roles on your website based on their needs and requirements. Here are the different types of roles available for WordPress users and a brief description of what they do.

  • Administrator – this user controls every aspect of the WordPress website. It can create, edit and delete other users.
  • Subscriber – This user can only read
  • Contributor – This user has the role to write a WordPress post but can not publish hit. The posts written by this user are reviewed by Editor or Administrator and only then these go live. Until that time the posts remain in Pending status.
  • Author – The user can write posts and publish too. He can also delete his own posts or edit these.
  • Editor – This user can edit other users posts and publish these.

In order to see the existing users on WordPress, click on Users> All Users. ?And you will be able to see all the existing users on your WordPress site.





As you can presently there is only one user which is the administrator user that was created while installing WordPress. In order to create a new user, click on Add New button at the top. Fill in the form


Be careful while creating new users to ensure that you do not grant excessive privileges to someone who does not need these. Especially, when you outsource writing and create users for your writers, create these as contributors, so that you can review the posts before these go live. After filling in the form, click on Add New User button at the bottom and the user will be created.



You can also edit an existing user and change anything about it, even its roles.

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