WordPress – User Roles


In this lesson, we discuss about the role of Users in WordPress. Role of a user means the permissions which are allowed to a user. Every user has their own role in WordPress. The role of a user is defined or allocated by the Admin.

Here are some pre-defined roles available in WordPress:

Administrator – The administrator has full rights or permission. An admin can do anything on the website like creating other admin’s, inviting more users and to remove them. An administrator can make any changes on the WordPress site.

Editor – As the name suggests, an editor can make posts, pages, categories, links. They can create, publish, delete and edit post or pages. Mainly an editor works on the content section of your website. They can’t change your WordPress settings.

Author – As the name suggests, an author can create, publish , edit and delete their own posts. They can’t create a category but can choose from existing categories. They can see comments but can’t moderate, approve and delete and comments.

They have no access to change WordPress settings, plugins, and themes. They can only create their own posts.

Contributor – Contributors can create new posts and also edit their own posts but they can’t publish posts. The biggest disadvantage of this role is they can’t upload Media files. They have no access to WordPress settings, themes, and plugins.

They can see comments but can’t approve or delete comments.

Subscriber – As the name suggests, the role of the subscriber is to receive only updates. They can make changes in their own profile. They can read posts but can’t change anything. They can comment on posts.

They have no access to WordPress settings, themes, and plugins. This role is only to comment or to read posts.

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