The More The Merrier: How To Add Users To Your WordPress Dashboard

Once you begin your WordPress journey, the power to customize every feature of your site is only a click away. Whether you’re an eCommerce store or a blog site, managing multiple users on your site has never been easier. WordPress gives you the power to control who has access to your site and what they can do within your blog or site.

You can create multiple users for your WordPress site and give each user a different role based on the type of permissions you want them to have. Before you create a user, you should understand the types of users that WordPress allows you to create. There are five categories of WordPress users:

  • Administrator – This user has access to all of the administrative functions for the WordPress site.
  • Editor – This user can publish and manage posts, including posts created by other users.
  • Author – This user can manage and publish their own posts, but not those of other users.
  • Contributor – This user can write and manage posts, but cannot publish them. They need to be published by a higher user.
  • Subscriber – This user can only view the site and manage their own profile.

Now that we’ve covered the types of users you can add to your site, you should follow these 6 steps in order to create a new user in WordPress.

1.) Log into your WordPress Dashboard. From the main left menu, choose “Users.”

2.) This screen will show you all existing users. Click “Add New,” to create a new one.

3.) The user page gives you the ability to add specific information for any individual user. When you add a new user to your site you will input their username, email, and custom password for their account.

4.) If you’d like to send the new user their sign-on credentials, check the box,“Send this password to the new user by email.

5.) Choose the role that you want to assign to this user. Most WordPress installs offer one of the five options listed above.

6.) Finally, click “Add New User.”

You will now see your new user on the Users page. If you ever need to edit or remove the user, you can also do so here.
To prevent unapproved posting or changes, ensure you’re selective when assigning the roles to your users. By adding them as an Admin, you give them the power to delete content and remove other users. As your site evolves, you should conduct routine maintenance to ensure that everyone who needs access has it, and those who do not, have been deleted.



7 thoughts on “The More The Merrier: How To Add Users To Your WordPress Dashboard

  1. thanks to share this article for a newbie in a blogging specially i know the category of user power on a WordPress

  2. I was recently asked for and I gave my password to Site Lock. Was that a big mistake? I’m having regrets. I have changed my password since then. It was for the purpose of cleaning up my blog that had been hacked.

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  3. This was very helpful. But, how do you add MULTIPLE users to your site at once, perhaps from a spreadsheet import?

    1. Greetings,

      At this time, you’ll have to download a plugin to help add multiple users at one time if you don’t want to enter them manually one by one. We do recommend adding them individually to assign their roles and permissions accordingly. Have a wonderful day!

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