Add and Manage Users


In this WordPress tutorial, we’ll take a quick look at how to add users to your blog site. Let me start by explaining that if your blog is public, anyone can read it. If it’s private, you need to add the people who you want to be able to read it. And, if you want anyone else to write articles to it or to manage any aspect of it, you’ll need to add those users.

Starting from the dashboard, we’ll click Users in the left menu. If you just created your blog, you’ll be the only one shown here.
I’m going to just collapse my menu so that the word administrator isn’t squished and forced to wrap.

So up here you see this Add New button. When you do this, the person you add will automatically get an email invitation that they have to accept. Once they accept it, they’ll show up on your user list. If the person is a UVM affiliate with a NetID, enter their NetID here.

The next step is to assign the user a role and this is important to pay attention to. The roles are displayed in order of responsibilities.

As owner of the blog, you are automatically the administrator, but you can also add others with this role. What isn’t shown on this list is the super admin, but I include it hear because it’s good to know about.

Then there’s the Administrator who has access to all the administration features within a single site. Besides managing posts, they can write page, change the appearance, edit menus, everything.

Editor – somebody who can write, publish, and manage posts including the posts of any other users.

Author – somebody who can publish and manage their own posts but no one else’s.

Contributor – somebody who can write and manage their own posts but cannot publish them. This means that the editor or administrator can read it over before publishing it.

Subscriber – can read your posts but not do anything else. This role would only be necessary if the blog setting is private.

To read more about users, click Help in the upper right corner and choose Documentation on Managing Users or Descriptions of Roles and Capabilities