How to Set Up WordPress Roles and Capabilities

If you have more than one person that needs to access the WordPress blog or website, you may not want to give every user the same amount of control or permission to make changes to the website. It is up to the blog or website owner to allow access to such capabilities as creating pages, moderating comments, writing and editing posts, creating categories, modifying CSS, changing themes, choosing plugins or managing other users on the site. With WordPress you have the ability to create different roles for different people. There are five different types of roles that you can have.

  1. Administrator
  2. Editor
  3. Author
  4. Contributor
  5. Subscriber

The Administrator Role – The Administrator is allowed to perform all functions. After this, all other roles have decreasing abilities. One is not better than the other they just perform different functions.

The Editor Role – This person can publish posts, manage posts as well as the ability to manage other people’s posts.

The Author Role – This person can only publish and manage their own posts.

The Contributor Role – This person is given limited ability to write and manage posts but are restricted from publishing posts.

The Subscriber Role – This person can only read comments, make comments and receive updates about the WordPress website or blog.

Watch this WordPress video for a brief walk through on how to set up users with capabilities in the admin panel.

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I am the owner of Excelnet Media. We are a full service, one stop interactive web agency building extraordinary websites with extraordinary customer service for extraordinary clients.

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