WordPress User Roles and Permissions – Beginners Guide

Hello Wp learners, in this article, I will walk you through WordPress user Roles and permissions. Fortunatunatly, the most popular CMS WordPress comes with a great feature of ” Users.” Users featured defines which user can play a specific role and cannot play on your website.

Knowing these user roles and permissions are essential if you are using WordPress. This guide will help you to know more WordPress user roles, will compare each WordPress user roles and permissions.

WordPress User Roles and Permissions


WordPress User Roles and Permissions:

By default, WordPress sets five user roles when we install fresh WordPress. To see these roles, just look at this screenshot given below.


WordPress User Roles and Permissions

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

Let’s see in details all of the users’ role in WordPress one by one.

1. Administrator Roles and Permissions in WordPress:

A person is responsible for carrying out the administration of the website or blog site. In one word says, the administrator is one of the most powerful role in WordPress. When someone installs WordPress, by default it creates a user role with new password and username, and WordPress defines the role as administrator. Administrators can do all the actions on site and have all the capability to do anything.

This user can add a new post, edit the posts, delete any post. Even, the WordPress administrator can install plugins, remove plugins, install a new theme. Most importantly an administrator user can add new users to the website even change all the information about existing users including their passwords as well as delete any user. If there are multiple administrators, they can also do.

2. Editor Roles and Permissions in WordPress:

An editor is an essential role in WordPress. Editor role in WordPress has the full control of the content sections -add a new post, edit posts, delete posts- your website. An editor can moderate, edit, and delete comments as well.

Editors cannot change your site settings- install plugins, themes, add new users, etc.

3. Author Roles and Permissions in WordPress:

Author role suggests the person who is author role can write a new post, edit posts, and publish their posts only. The authors can also delete their posts, even if they are published.

When an author is writing posts, authors even cannot create a single category however they have to choose from existing categories but, an author can add tags to their posts. Authors can view comments even those that are pending review, but they cannot moderate, approve, or delete any comment of the site.
Authors cannot access to settings, plugins, or themes and other vital roles.

4. Contributor Roles and Permissions in WordPress:

When someone becomes a contributor, he or she can add new posts and edit their posts, but he or she is not allowed to publish any posts, not even their own posts. When a contributor writes something on site, the contributor also cannot create a category. They are allowed to choose existing categories.

The biggest problem of being contributors is that they cannot upload any file if they want.

5. Subscriber Roles and Permissions in WordPress:

Subscribers can change their passwords if they want to. They are allowed to write posts, view comments, or do anything else inside your WordPress admin dashboard.

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WordPress User Roles and Permissions – Beginners Guide
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