WordPress beginner’s guide – How to add users and admin accounts
When you need help with managing your WordPress website, you can always just add more admins in your dashboard. To create more accounts for others who need to make edits on your WordPress site, here is what you can do:
How to Add Users and Admin Accounts
1. Go to Users in your WordPress Dashboard
You will see a button that says "Add New", similar to the image at the right. Click it.
2. Fill out the form
Simply put in the username and email; then set a password for this account. For the role, make it an administrator, which means the account will have full access to your WordPress dashboard. If you want to inform this user of his password by email, tick the box that says "Send this password to the new user by email." When you're finished, click the blue button that says "Add New Users".
In WordPress, there are 5 roles by default: Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor, and Subscriber. (There might be more roles depending on your theme or the plugins you have.)
Administrators have full access to the WordPress website and can make any changes or delete anything if they want. Please be very careful giving anyone this role.
Editors can only view, edit, publish, and delete posts and pages. They can also take care of comments, categories, links and upload files and images for you. This is a great role for someone who manages content, but doesn't need to change settings or add WordPress plugins.
Authors can edit, publish, and delete posts (but only the ones they write or publish) as well as upload files and images. An author might be someone who only writes blog posts for you and you don't want to give the authority to edit other posts.
Contributors are similar to Authors, but they can not upload files or image. They can edit their own posts, but they can not publish them. The posts they create will need to be submitted to an administrator for review. After the posts are approved, they will be published. However, the post can not be edited by the contributor anymore.
In the comment settings, you'll see "Users must be registered and logged in to comment." If you select this option, once they have created an account for leaving comments, they will be given a subscriber role which will only allow them to leave comments. Subscribers may also have roles in certain plugins, such as Jetpack. This allows you to manager users by the Subscriber role and sent notifications for new posts or comments that have been replied to.
Forget your password?
If any user forgets their password for the WordPress dashboard, you can also reset their password here at the "Users" from any account with Administrative access.
Thank you for reading this guide! We hope this is helpful for learning how to create users and grant proper access to your WordPress site!