User Roles

You have the ability to allow others to post, edit, or delete from your web site.  These additional users can be assigned different roles depending on what permissions you would like them to have.

Following is a list of different roles/permissions that can be used when authorizing additional users.

Subscriber Role

A subscriber role is the most basic and default role that is assigned to any user that registers on the site.

A subscriber can comment on your blog without having to enter their details and also modify your database by setting up their profiles.

Subscriber Role in WordPress:

  • Modify their Profiles
  • Comment on the blog (when logged in) without having to provide name and email, unless you change that in the settings.

As a general rule, unless instructed otherwise, we do not allow subscribers or comments on your web site.  If you wish to allow subscribers with the ability to post comments to certain pages, please contact us with your request.

Contributor Role

A Contributor to your site has a bigger role than a regular subscriber in the sense that they can compose articles unlike subscribers, however they cannot publish or schedule the articles.  Any article written by a contributor can be saved as draft or under pending review.

Contributor Role In WordPress:

  • All of the Subscribers privileges+
  • View comments in the administrator panel.
  • Add new posts to drafts or to pending review.
  • Edit their own posts.
  • View posts added by others in post listing section, however they cannot view drafts and scheduled post, but they can see the titles.

Author Role

An author can write articles, add it to pending reviews, save it under drafts, but more importantly, they can publish what they write.  Authors can publish articles to the site without having your consent.

Author Role in WordPress:

  • All of the Contributor privileges+
  • View posts added by others in post listing section, however they cannot view drafts and scheduled post, but they can see the titles.

Editor Role

The Editor role can do all of the above, and, in addition, they can edit other’s posts.  WordPress logs who edited which post and when (if you have post reviews on).

If you requested access to make changes to your web site, you were most likely assigned the role of Editor.

Administrator Role

An administrator account can do everything an Editor can do plus make changes to the actual configurations and programs that drive your content management web site.  For this reason, the role of Administrator is not used or assigned outside of the design team that set up and created your web site.

Summary of WordPress Roles:

  • A subscriber role should be used when you want people who comment on your blog to not enter their information over and over again.
  • A contributor role should be used when you want your subscribers to contribute to your site, but don’t want to directly publish articles to your site.
  • An author role should be used when you trust a contributor or someone you think will write the best, without you having to go through what they wrote.
  • An editor role should only be given to people who you trust to write, edit and publish not just their own articles but those of other’s too.
  • An administrator role should never be given to anyone other than tech support staff.
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