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WordPress by default comes with a built-in user management system that allows you to easily add more users with different roles. In this article, we will guide you on how to add new users to your WordPress website.

  1. To add a new user on your WordPress website, click on "Users>Add New" as shown below.
    Note: Only user with administrator role can create more users.
  2. Figure One

  3. Upon doing so, the "Add New User" form will appear as shown below.
  4. Figure Two

  5. First you need to provide a username.
  6. Note: Use something that is easy to remember for the user you are adding. They will need to remember the username to login.
  7. Then you need to enter the user's email address.
  8. Note:Make sure that you are entering the correct the email address, as users will need this in order to reset their passwords, or to receive any email notifications.
  9. You can then enter first name, last name, and website information.
  10. Note:These fields are optional and users can edit their profiles to fill in those fields.
  11. The next item in the form is to choose a password. Clicking on the "Show Password" button shall show you the password. Later, after you said user is created, a password reset link will also be sent to the user via the email address you entered above.
  12. Alternatively, you can also set a password for a particular user by manually entering the same.
  13. Note:You must use a strong password. You can use our random password generator tool for this purpose.
  14. Now you need to choose the user role. Each user role comes with different set of capabilities. You need to choose a role depending on what tasks a user will be performing on your website.
  15. Then click on the "Add New User" button and the user will be added to your website.

Understanding User Roles in WordPress

WordPress by default comes with the following user roles:

  1. Administrator: A user with this role can perform all tasks on your WordPress site. With administrator user role, a user can install plugins, change themes, delete content, media, and other users including other administrators.
  2. Editor: A User assigned with this role, can add, edit, publish, delete their own posts as well as posts by all other users as well. But they cannot access website settings, plugins, themes, etc.
  3. Contributor: A user assigned with this role can add posts, and edit only their own posts. Users with the contributor user role can write posts but cannot publish them. They cannot edit other user’s posts and cannot access other admin screens like plugins, themes, settings, tools, etc.
  4. Author: A user assigned with this role can can add, edit, and publish their own posts.
  5. Subscriber: A user assigned with this role can just maintain their own profile on your site and cannot write posts. It is usually used on sites where users are required to sign in to submit comments or download content.


Updated on Oct 27, 2016

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