WordPress assigns Roles to the users who are responsible for controlling the blog’s activity. A blog’s owner can limit the users access by assigning them task-oriented roles which defines what they can or cannot do within the blog.

There are six number of roles in wordpress by default, see the wordpress user roles table below :

wordpress super admin

Super Admin

wordpress author

Author

wordpress admin

Administrator

wordpress user contributor

Contributor

wordpress user editor

Editor

wordpress user subscriber

Subscriber

wordpress super admin

Super Admin

From WordPress 3.0, they have introduced multisite feature to run network of sites from a single account. WordPress multisite Super Admin role has full access to network administration.

wordpress admin

Administrator

Administrator user role has full control of the blog hence the most powerful user role. A user with administrator login can manage the whole blog activities from wordpress admin dashboard.

WordPress administrator job includes:

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Manage blog core settings

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Upload,activate, edit, delete themes

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Add and remove user accounts

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Write, edit, publish, delete posts

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Write, edit, publish, delete others posts

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Manage categories

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Moderate, approve, delete comments

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Update WordPress core

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Upload, activate, edit, delete plugins

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Edit user settings

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Write, edit, publish, delete pages

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Write, edit, publish, delete others pages

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Manage links

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Upload and delete files

Creating and distributing too many administrator accounts can weaken your blog’s security.

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wordpress user editor

Editor

Editor is the second most responsible user role after administrator. Users with Editor user role have full control over blog’s content area. They can manage all types of posts, pages, categories and everything related to content.

WordPress editor job includes:

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Write, edit, publish, delete posts

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Write, edit, publish, delete others posts

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Manage categories

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Moderate, approve, delete comments

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Write, edit, publish, delete pages

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Write, edit, publish, delete others pages

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Manage links

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Upload and delete files

wordpress author

Author

Author is a dedicated user role only for those who will write content for your blog. They don’t have to manage categories, comments and other blog’s activities. Each post in wordpress shows author name and author url in posts just below the post title.

WordPress author job includes:

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Write, edit, publish, delete only his own posts

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Upload and delete only his own files

wordpress user contributor

Contributor

Contributors are also like authors but with less access to blog’s content. Difference between author and conbributor is author can publish his own articles, contributors can’t publish articles and needs approval from editor or administrator.

WordPress contributor job includes:

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Write, edit, delete only his own posts

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Can’t publish even his own posts

wordpress user subscriber

Subscriber

Subscriber user role is the least powerful role. Subscriber accounts are useful to limit visitors to pass comments only after they login.

WordPress subscriber job includes:

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Manage his profile

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login and comment only

Adding New User to WordPress

Lets create user account in WordPress. From you Dashboard, go to Users > Add New

Fill in all the user details. Three important fields to fill are Username, Email and Role. From the Role drop down menu, you can select the user role to assign.

Once done, click the Add New User button. You just created a new user and the user will get informed by email you specified.

Creating Customized User Roles

Most of the time, these six user roles are more than enough for most of the blogs and websites. But you can create WordPress custom user roles and add capabilities with WordPress roles and capabilities plugin Capability Manager Enhanced or User Role Editor. Both plugins have a role manager where you can check, add, edit custom user roles.

Did you ever tried a customized user role and why?

Tell us your story if you ever tried a customized user role using the comments section below.

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