VIDEO: How to create and edit users in WordPress Print

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To add a new user to your site, navigate to users in the left hand side bar and click: ‘add new’.
First enter a username and an email address in the first two required boxes. In the following boxes, you can add a first name, a last name and a website URL to associate with the User.
Next, you must enter and re-enter a password. A strength indicator is provided to help guide you in making a strong password. You can choose to forward the password to the provided email address by checking this box. Otherwise, the account will be created without the password notification sent. The final section is for selecting the role for the new user.
There are varying rules built into WordPress that allow different levels of access on the site.
  • Subscriber is the default setting and it is for the basic user that can log in and read content. They can not post anything on the site itself aside from comments.
  • Contributors are the next level up, they are granted access to the post-editor, and can submit content to the site blog for review. Contributors can not by default publish their own content or upload any media files to the site.
  • Authors can do everything a contributor can do, but they are given the content to publish their own content and upload media to their own posts. They have the ability to add content without anyone checking it and they can edit their own content after it has been published. They can not however edit or modify any content that they did not create.
  • Editors can do everything that authors can do but they are also given the ability to make modifications to content by other users on the site. This allows them to correct errors, or remove content altogether when other users create them.
  • Administrators have complete control over everything on the site, such as themes, installing plug-ins, and user account creating and editing.

When you are satisfied with these settings, click: ‘add new user’ and your user will be added to the database.

To edit a user, navigate to the user button in the sidebar and select: all users’. You can modify a user by hovering over it and selecting edit. The edit profile screen gives even more options than when the user is created. You can assign a nickname for your user. And select how their name is publicly viewed on the front end of the site. When everything is as you want it, remember to click: ‘update user’ to save your settings.

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