How to Setup WordPress Users

How To Setup WordPress Users

What’s the biggest difference between Ariana Huffington’s blog and your own?  Beside the fact she sold the Huffington Post to AOL for $315 million — The Huffington Post allows for multiple contributors. It wasn’t just Ariana blogging… it was a team of WordPress Users.

You could follow the same model and allow Users to create accounts so they could contribute content as well.  It’s actually fairly easy to do… even if you’re new to WordPress. members have access to the video on Users (it’s one of over 30 videos that come with the free membership).

The WordPress User Basics

After logging in to your Dashboard, simply click on Users.  You’ll find a couple of options.  One will allow you to adjust your own profile, and another will create a new User.  If you want to tightly control the content of your blog, you’ll want to be sure you add Users in this way (manually).

Clicking “Add New” will create a blank User account and after filling in a few fields you’ll have your new User all set up.  Double check that the email is valid for your User as the login information will be sent to them (if you click on the “Send this password…” option or if they need to reset a password later).

The final item you’ll need to verify before officially adding your new User is what Role you’d like them to have.

The 6 User Roles in WordPress

  • Super Admin – You probably won’t see this one, it’s really only an available option if your WordPress site is networked.  It gives the user complete power over all websites in the network.
  • Administrator– This is most likely the role you already have for yourself.  It’s the Role that controls everything within the WordPress site.
  • Editor – Anyone assigned this Role can basically do anything with all pages and posts.  They can publish, edit and delete any post or page on the site.  Editors aren’t able to adjust Users or the general operations of the site (themes/plugins).
  • Author – This role will allow the User to create and manage their own posts, but only their own.
  • Contributor – This one is close to an Author with the exception that a Contributor cannot publish their own posts.  They can only write, then submit them for someone else to review and publish for them.  This would be the best role if you were trying out someone new on your blog.
  • Subscriber – The default Role for New Users in WordPress, this allows only reading of posts.  What’s the difference between a subscriber and a visitor?  A visitor won’t have a profile… a Subscriber will.

Setting up Users may not allow you to sell your site for $315 million, but adding them can help take away some of the workload and make it a little more of a team project!

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