WordPress Users: Understanding Roles and Capabilities

The “Users” tab (within the dashboard), is where we may assign various roles and capabilities to users. This would be the place to differentiate amongst yourself, co-workers, and students.

You are currently set to be the administrator of your own blog. You have full control over adding, deleting, etc. If you were creating a department-wide blog, you may wish to remain administrator, and permit other editors and/or authors to be added to your blog for content creation and management.

If, for example, you wished to allow students to have the ability to contribute to your blog, but with the full capability of monitoring all of their posts before they were published, you’d add them as a “Contributor“.

Below you’ll find a quick summary defining the various roles and capabilities:

Summary of Roles

  • Administrator – Somebody who has access to all the administration features
  • Editor – Somebody who can publish posts, manage posts as well as manage other people’s posts, etc.
  • Author – Somebody who can publish and manage their own posts
  • Contributor – Somebody who can write and manage their posts but not publish posts
  • Subscriber – Somebody who can read comments/comment/receive news letters, etc.

The default role for a new user can be set within the “Authors and Users” tab, under “Users”.

Here is a link to a video that covers this information in more detail.

Clear as mud? 🙂