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How To Create A User In WordPress

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If your site has multiple content writers or editors, you may want them to have separate accounts. This way you can track the changes that each one of them makes. When Installing WordPress it will only install with one user created by default. This would be the administrator account by default. This guide here is going to show you how you can create an Account for others using your site. As well as the many options that are available during the creation.

How To Create An Account In WordPress

This guide assumes that you have WordPress installed, as well as access to the administrative account.

  1. First you are going to want to start off by Logging Into Your WordPress Dashboard.
  2. After you have logged in, from the side bar on the left side of the page you will want to navigate to Users -> Add New. Click on that link to be brought to the User creation page.
    Where to locate the Add User link in the WordPress dashboard
  3. From the next screen you will be presented with some options, that you can set for the user. These will affect what that user will use to login.
    WordPress Options that are available when adding a new user.


    1. The first field is required. This is the username that your new user will enter to login to the dashboard. This can be whatever you want (as long as the username doesn’t already exist). A popular naming convention to use (though not required) is the First name of the user with the initial of their last name appended. For example, John Smith could be johns.
    2. This field should be filled out with the email address of the user. This is required as it will send them an email to set their initial password as well as password recovery.
    3. This would be the First Name of the user. Does not have to be entirely accurate, but is used to identify them in WordPress (alongside the username).
    4. For the Last Name, the same applies, in that it is not required to be accurate.
    5. This can be left empy, but the Website field is for if the user has a personal website.
    6. Here you can view a randomly generated password and even type one in, but this is not necessary if you send them an email on account creation, as they can set the password then.
    7. This checkbox is used to determine if you want to send the user an email when their account is created. Enabling this will allow them to set their own password to login to WordPress.
    8. The role of the WordPress user is determined by this drop-down menu. A brief description of each of the WordPress roles can be found below.
      • Administrator – The administrator role can do everything that is able to be done in WordPress. This includes but is not limited to Modifying and deleting both posts and users. As well as having the ability to change the current theme used on the site.
      • Editor – Editors have access to publish, edit and delete any pages or posts. This includes posts that they have not created. They do not have access to view any of the themes, plugins or widgets.
      • Author – Authors can publish, edit and delete their own posts. They don’t have access to anything that is created by other users. This also includes any files they have uploaded to the Media Library. Along with this, Authors can moderate the comments that are made for their own posts.
      • Contributor – Similar to an Author, the contributor has access to write, edit and delete their own posts. However this can only be done for unpublished posts. Any content made by them must be reviewed and published by an Administrator or Editor. Contributors also do not have access to the Media Library.
      • Subscriber – Subscribers have the ability to read posts that have been published to the site, as well as leave comments.
    9. Once you have filled out the fields how you would like, you would press Add New User. This will create the user account so that it can be used to login to your WordPress. If you sent the user an email upon account creation, they will be able to set the password.
  4. Now you should be able to login using the new WordPress account.

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