The first time you install a self-hosted WordPress, it creates one administrator user to manage the entire website. Usually, this becomes the main account utilized by users to publish their posts and manage their WordPress site.
To customize the account settings for Admin, you can go to Users >> Your Profile. (Please read the important security notice found on the latter part of this article.) Here, you can change the password, the email where you receive notifications when you get comments, and the name of your individual blog posts that themes usually display for you.
Reasons to create a new WordPress user:
- To add authors or contributors: this is useful when you have friends or other writers contribute articles to be featured on your blog. You can give them proper credit by creating a user and assigning them a Contributoror or Author role. (Click here to learn more about WordPress user roles)
- To allow WordPress experts access your blog: In case you run into problems or issues, you need to be able to provide WordPress experts an admin user. With this, they can address your concerns without having to access your main WordPress account.
How to create a new user in WordPress
- Log on to your WordPress site. Go to Users>> Add New.
- Fill out the necessary details such as username, email, name, etc. Set the Role for this new user. Click on Add New User once done.
Brief Description about WordPress Roles
Let us briefly discuss the different user roles in WordPress and their corresponding restrictions.
1. Administrator – this role has full access to a site. It is recommended that you have only one administrator role per WordPress site for better control and security.
2. Editor – manages your site’s content. An editor publishes, views, edits, and deletes pages or posts. He or she can upload images and files and also manage comments received, edit tags, categories, and links.
3. Author – has a more limited role compared to an Editor since an Author can only edit and publish their own content. An Author is also allowed to upload images and files to their posts.
4. Contributor – can create and edit their posts but cannot publish them. A Contributor is not allowed to upload images and files, as well.
How to Remove WordPress Users
In the event you need to remove WordPress user from your site, here’s how to do it.
- Log on to your admin account and proceed to Users > All Users.
- Place your pointer over the user you intend to remove and then click Remove.
Security Notice – Admin Account
Instead of “admin”, you should change your main administrator account username for security purposes. You want to make your username to be hard to guess to prevent brute force attacks on your WordPress sites. For this purpose, there is the Admin renamer extended plugin. After you change your username, you are required to log on once more. Don’t forget to update your information along with the change of your username.
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