In this guide, we will demonstrate how you can manage users and their roles using the WordPress Admin Panel.

What are WordPress User Roles?

In WordPress, a User Role is a combination of:

  1. Role

  2. Capabilities

A role is the name of a user group that will be displayed in your WordPress Admin Panel and capabilities are the privileges that admins can enable or disable.

By default, WordPress has six basic user roles.

  1. Super Admin: The profile that has access to the entire website, including network administrative features.

  2. Administrator: The profile(s) that has all administrative privileges.

  3. Editor: The profile(s) that can create, edit, publish their and other users’ posts.

  4. Author: The profile(s) that can create, edit, publish their posts only.

  5. Contributor: The profile(s) that can create, edit their posts but cannot publish them.

  6. Subscriber: The profile(s) that can only manage their profiles.

Why use WordPress Users and Roles?

If you run your WordPress Application single-handedly then you might not have thought of WordPress’ Users and Roles but if you have a team who also look after your WordPress site or you want to give specific responsibilities to someone then you might need to consider reading this further as WordPress Users and Roles feature will enable you to decide the domain of various users and restrict their access to their needs. For example, the ability of posting, installing or uninstalling any plugin.

How to Manage Users and Roles Using WordPress Admin Panel

Here are a few simple steps to help you get started with managing users and roles using the WordPress Admin Panel.

Step# 1

First of all, open your WordPress Admin Panel of your target application.

You can access your WordPress Admin Panel in two ways:

Accessing directly using wp-admin

You may type your website URL in your browser and add /wp-admin at the end to access WordPress Admin Panel. [For example mysite.com/wp-admin]

Accessing via Cloudways Platform

Log In to Cloudways Platform and click www to select your application

Click on the Access Details option from the left menu bar and click the visit link icon after URL under the Admin Panel section.

After accessing, the WordPress Admin Panel, enter the following details:

  1. Enter your WordPress site’s admin username.

  2. Now, enter your password.

  3. Click on Log In.

Now, navigate to the Profile icon and click on All Users.

Step# 2

Adding User

Click on Add New button to add a new user.

Enter the required information (username, email, first name, last name, website, password, role) and then hit Add New User.

Editing/Updating User

You may click on the Edit button to edit the user.

Deleting User

Clicking on the Delete button will delete the user.

You can delete more than one user at a time by selecting user(s) in bulk and then selecting delete from the dropdown menu and then hit Apply.

Changing Role

You can change roles as well by selecting a user and selecting the new role and hit Change.

You have learned about managing users and role via WordPress Admin Panel; you can also achieve the same using WordPress CLI (Command Line Interface) as well.

That’s it! We hope this article was helpful. If you need any help, then feel free to search your query on Cloudways Support Center or contact us via chat (Need a Hand > Send us a Message). Alternatively, you can also create a support ticket.

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