How to Manage Users in WordPress

Hi, everyone. Welcome to Today, I’m going to be explaining to you how to manage your authors and users on your blog. So I’m going to show you what the page looks like and explain to you the different options you have. And I’m also going to talk a little bit about the rules that users can have on your blog. So it gives you a little bit more of a knowledge if you are going to start a blog with multiple users.


Now by doing this, first, you want to go to “Users” on your navigation menu. When you open it up, you’re going to want to click the very first link that’s titled “Users.” This will, of course, bring you to the Users page. Here is a list of all the users you have currently on your blog. So if you are the only user, you’re going to be the administrator, and you will be the only name in this list.


But if you decide that you want to add multiple authors to your blog, this is where the next part comes in. So first, I will show you that you have the option to delete users at any time, which means they will no longer have access to your blog and be able to write posts or manage posts on your blog either. And by doing this, you would just click the name of the user you would want to delete. You would come to the dropdown menu where Bulk Actions are and you press delete and then hit Apply. And this will delete the User from your blog.


Whenever you want to change their role, you would come to this section after you have clicked the box next to their name, and you can change their role by choosing any of these that I’m scrolling over. And when you’re done with this, you of course, want to hit change and that will change their role.


Next, I’m going to explain you a little bit of the roles’ definitions. So I’m going to open up this box again, and I’m going to start off at the bottom with subscriber. Subscriber only has access to manage their profile. Contributor has the option to write, edit, and manage posts, as well as upload files. However, a contributor, once they have written a post, need to save it as a draft because they need to get approval from the administrator before it is actually published. An author has all of the access that a contributor has. They can edit, write, and manage posts. They can upload files, but they can actually publish their posts to the blog without having to await for administration approval.


Next, we have editor. An editor can do both what an author and a contributor does, so they can, once again, edit, write, manage posts. Publish those posts and upload files. But an editor can also moderate comments. They can manage links and categories. They can edit pages. They can read and edit private posts, and they can also edit other authors’ posts. So you have a lot of roles here, if you’re an editor.


Then last, you have your administrator. An administrator is the site owner, so you can do anything, all of the above, with your blog. And like I said, if you ever want to change the role of someone so that they only have certain access to certain areas of your blog, this is where you would come. You would click one of the options and then, of course, hit change.


And then lastly, if you have a large amount of users on your blog, you can always come to this text box up here and search users. You can also see the amount of posts that each user has right here all the way on the right side. You will see their role here, their email here, and then if you choose to have a name next to them, that will be here.


And any time you want to edit any information for a user, you would simply scroll over their name. And where you see edit, you’ll go ahead and click that, and it will allow you to edit all of the user’s information.


And this video has been brought to you to teach you all about managing authors and users. Thank you for watching, and please stay tuned to more videos.


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Andy Johnson

Andy Johnson has been on the Internet since the its dawn(ie his first computer program was recorded on cassette tape) and his first hard drive cost about as much his current MacBook. His first byline was in 1993 for a local newspaper rag he eventually helmed, and his last “real job” was at a computer start up which ended when it ended. Throughout it all he’s freelanced and blogged. Now he is mesmerized by Search Engine Optimization forever trying to “rise to the top” for the right reasons. He’s been married to his wife Julia for as long as he can remember and has two lovely, wonderful children. He looks forward to sharing the latest in the technical best for all the online entrepreneurs.