Figuring out how to use WordPress with multiple users, is not too hard at all. The users section is where you can add and remove users, and update profiles including email and password changes.

Even if it’s only you using the site, its worthwhile to have a quick look and familiarise yourself with this area.

All Users

From here you can get an overview of all your users, and see their details including email, role and number of posts. You can also change their role here or delete the user.

Add New

Oddly enough this is where you can manually add new users. Most of the information requested here is self explanatory, but this is a good time to look at Roles. According to WordPress the roles are:

  • Administrator – Somebody who has access to all the administration features
  • Editor – Somebody who can publish and manage posts and pages as well as manage other users’ posts, etc.
  • Author – Somebody who can publish and manage their own posts
  • Contributor – Somebody who can write and manage their posts but not publish them
  • Subscriber – Somebody who can only manage their profile

Bear in mind that if you have other users on your site, you need to give them enough access to do what they need but no more.

Your Profile

Most themes don’t tend to use the profile details so there’s usually no reason to fill this in, but sometimes you need to. It’s pretty self explanatory, though the social tabs which are outdated (wheres Twitter? Facebook? Anything decent?).

One thing to note is the “Disable the visual editor when writing” checkbox. This does as it says, but you will be left a much reduced options bar in your New Posts/Page area, and no access to the posts HTML so its not really advised to select this.

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