How to Add Users in WordPress

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WordPress was made to be an interactive platform that allows people to see and react to the media and posts or pages that are presented to them. To help govern the interaction of users and to help the owner of the website control the information presented and received, WordPress has created the option to have users with different functional roles. We will be discussing the different roles for users, and how to add them with the WordPress administrator backend.

By default, WordPress has 5 User roles:


Subscribers are users who have have registered with the WordPress site and are allowed to post and access content within posts or pages where a login is required. Subscribers are not allowed create original content.

Contributors are users who can write original content and manage their posts, but they are not permitted to publish the posts or upload any media.

Authors are able to create original content and publish the content. They can also manage their own existing posts and upload media files.

Editors can publish posts, manage anyone’s content, and also upload media files as necessary.

Administrators have full access to any content or function for administering the WordPress website.

How to do you add users in the WordPress?

WordPress users are added in the Administrator backend.

Login to the WordPress Admin
Click on Users
Fill in the User Fields
Type in a Strong password
Select role by clicking on the drop down arrow

When the role has been selected and all of the user information has been filled, click on ADD NEW USER.

Read our full guide on Creating and Managing User Roles in WordPress

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Mazi has nine years of web development experience with the past five years spent honing his skills with WordPress plugins and themes. He's an expert in WooCommerce and is the author of the Simple Sales Tax plugin, a popular sales tax compliance solution for WooCommerce. Brett understands the importance of excellent communication, prides himself on producing high-quality code, and is comfortable working solo or as part of a team.

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