Setting Up User Roles in WordPress

Ostersund, Sweden - August 3, 2014: Close up of WordPress websitOne of the best things about using WordPress to host your website is the different ways you can use it on your site.

For most sites, that means you can essentially ignore the different user roles WordPress has built into it, since you’re only ever using the site yourself as an administrator. You log in, write your posts or modify your pages, and you’re done.

However, if you have a larger site, or a membership site like Wealthy Web Writer, you might want to think about setting up some different user roles in WordPress.

Let’s take a look at the different user roles, what they do, and how you should use them for your web writing website.

User roles in WordPress

Out of the box, there are five user roles available in WordPress:

  • Administrator: A user with access to all the administration features within a single site.
  • Editor: A user who can publish and manage posts, including the posts of other users.
  • Author: A user who can publish and manage their own posts.
  • Contributor: A user who can write and manage their own posts but cannot publish them.
  • Subscriber: A user who can only manage their profile.

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Julia is a copywriter & content marketing strategist who helps B2B companies generate more revenue from their content marketing programs. With her 15+ years experience as a technical writer for B2B tech companies and 6+ years as a copywriter & content marketer, Julia is the trusted Geek insider who can make even the most complex tech subjects seem simple. Her clients trust her to uncover & show off the benefits of any kind of tech product or service, from SaaS software solutions to insurance adjudication software, video games infrastructure to hardware security key fobs. Julia is happy to share her tech knowledge and content marketing insights with Wealthy Web Writer members. Chat with her on Twitter @juliaborgini

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