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Users – Part 12 | Beginner’s Guide For WordPress

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When we say “users”, these are the people who interacts with your website. Users can be you, your friends, your workmate or anybody that is doing something in your site. WordPress offers a feature where you can create different users with a different role for your website.

If you are the owner, most likely you will have a role of “administrator”, there are predefined roles available for a new WordPress website, default roles are:

  • Administrator
  • Editor
  • Author
  • Contributor
  • Subscriber

To know more about these roles and their capabilities, WordPress wrote an article about these roles. Plugins and themes can add new role type for special type of users that can interact with your website. For example, if you install the Woocommerce plugin(it converts a simple website into an e-commerce website), Woocommerce plugin will add a “customer” role. So whenever a user registers on your website, Woocommerce will know that there’s a new customer.

Some plugins offer a front-end user registration form like Woocommerce so you do not need to add users(e.g. customers) manually. But as an administrator, you still need to know how you can add new users for your website, maybe you want to assign someone who can add a blog post for you or someone who can add new products if you have an e-commerce website.

To access the user’s section, log in first to your admin page. Go to the Users page by clicking the “Users” menu item at the left side of the admin page. You will get redirected to the users’ page where you can see all the users of your website.

Users Page

To add a new user, click the “Add New” button. You will get redirected to the Add New User page, fill out the form. If you want to send the user notification, leave the “Send User Notification” checkbox checked.

Add New User page

Choose the role for your user, check this article for more information. Then click the “Add New User” button confirming your new user. Your new user is now available in the user’s list and he/she can now log in to your admin page and perform a specific task.