WordPress Users

WordPress comes with a user role management system which defines what a specific user can and cannot do on your website. Knowing these user roles and permissions are essential as your WordPress site grows.

Out of the box when you install WordPress, there are five default user roles:

  1. Administrator 2. Editor 3.Author 4.Contributor 5. Subscriber

You can see a full comparison between each user role


Can Do



full control of  WordPress site.

Can install, edit, and delete plugins as well as themes. Also can add new users to the site, change information about existing users including their passwords as well as delete any user.


 can add, edit, publish and delete any posts on a WordPress site

can moderate, edit, and delete comments

Site settings, install plugins and themes, or add new users.


can write, edit, delete and publish their own posts.

Cannot create categories but they can choose from existing categories. can add tags to their posts 

 Site settings, install plugins and themes, or add new users.


 can add new posts and edit their own posts

Can’t publish any posts.

Can’t create new categories and will have to choose from existing categories

cannot upload files 


can login to  WordPress site and update their user profiles.

can change their profile passwords.


Adding a new user to your WordPress blog or website.

When users register on your WordPress blog or website, you get an e-mail notification, so you always know when new users register, and you can then get into your Dashboard and edit the users’ role.

To add Users in WordPress, Click on Users → Add New in WordPress. You can fill the user detail on the Add New User page. Fill in all the required fields (as seen in the following screen) to proceed further.

  • Username (required): Enter the unique username, which you want to display on the website.
  • E-mail (required): Enter the valid e-mail address. The user receives notifications from the site at this e-mail address.
  • First Name: Enter the user’s first name.
  • Last Name: Enter the user’s last name.
  • Website: Enter the URL for the user’s website.
  • Password (required): Enter the password.
  • Repeat Password (required): Repeat the same password as the previous password for authentication.
  • Send Password: Send password to the New User by e-mail checkbox. The user will receive an e-mail with the new password.
  • Role:  Select the particular role from the dropdown, i.e., Subscriber, Contributor, Author, Editor, or Administrator.

Click on Add New User button to add user to your users list.

 You can view the user list to see whether the users have been added. A message will be displayed as New User Created as seen in the following screen.