In your journey in building and continuously developing your website platform, it is something that remains constant at all times to optimize for a larger audience and give better interactive experiences. In this process, you often need to provide development access to more than one collaborator on your website. However, not everyone on your website’s backend should have equal access to data and private information that circulates on your platform. Obviously, right ?! Well, WordPress does allow you to do so. Let’s get to know how?

WordPress Users

What are the different user roles and permissions?

  1. Administrator: This is the highest order of authority that can be provided on the website. The administrator is, by default, the owner of the website or the creator of the same. This role can only be given to other developers/users who can perform all the website’s tasks and development and have all the rights.
  2. Editor: This user role has straightforward rights and authorities given to them. Their editorial access comprises creating, modifying, arranging, and deleting pages and posts on the website to complement the parent theme of the website better.
  3. Author: anyone who has been given this role has the work of content management on the website. Authors normally hold a lower level of authority on the website. However, they can create, edit, delete, modify or publish whichever post they want on the website
  4. Contributors are the users who are provided with one-off features limited to their designated task on the website. Generally, as they are temporary users, their access and authority are kept at a lower level.
  5. Subscribers: These users are often given certain access on a ‘subscription-basis’. Normally, such access is limited to reading and interacting with posts and pages on the website.

How to add a new User to WordPress?

Click on Users in the left side pane and click Add New.

Thereafter, fill in the details and choose the type of users you want to create, as shown below:

How to Create a WordPress User

Once done, the user with credentials to log in is sent an email.

How to extend the type of Roles and permissions

Apart from the roles and permission discussed above, you can have more types, as shown below:

Types of User Roles in WordPress

You can even extend more if these don’t meet your requirement.

Check this out for more: 5 Best Free Plugins to Extend WordPress User Roles and Capabilities


User roles are now implemented on almost every website, made through WordPress or any other clients. This is certainly done to control authority on the website and access to information when such data must be accessed by the top-level management only.


  • Barry Allen

    A Full Stack Developer with 10+ years of experience in different domain including SAP, Blockchain, AI and Web Development.


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