Add Users To Your Site
There are many excellent reasons to let others share your WordPress site with you. There are also some reasons to be cautious about WHO you add as Users, and what PRIVILEGES you afford them. Following are definitions of the privileges that accompany each level.
To begin with, everyone with Administrator privileges can do EVERYTHING that you can do, including delete you as a User from your own site, wipe everything from the site and replace it all with pornography, a spam generator or virtually anything. Choose your Administrators carefully with conscientious awareness!!
Administrators have full authority to change everything on the site, including all of the posts, pages, media and comments added by everyone else.
Should you ever end up on the WordPress update team, please consider adding one more privilege level–that of OWNER. This level would have all of the privileges now held by Administrator, and the Administrator level would be changed only in that the status of OWNERS could not be changed.
The image to the right shows all of the privilege choices that an Administrator on a Blog 4 Bucks WordPress installation. Compare this to the Editor, Author and Contributor privileges shown below.
The second most powerful User of a WordPress site is the Editor. Although Editors can also access and change all of the Posts, Pages and Comments, and can adjust the SEO settings, Users (other than self), Appearance, Plugins and Settings are not within their control. These are all Administrator-level functions.
Editors can affect all the media that has been added to the library. They can adjust the SEO settings for their own posts. They can edit their own profile, choose the appearance of their Dashboard, and they have access to common tools.
Authors have the privilege of creating Posts, but not Pages. Authors cannot make any changes to the contributions made by other users–only to their own. They can affect only the media that they added to the library. They can adjust the SEO settings for their own posts. They can edit their own profile, choose the appearance of their Dashboard, and they have access to the common tools.
Contributors are limited to creating posts and managing only the comments made to their own posts. They can edit their own profile, choose the appearance of their Dashboard, and they have access to the common tools.
Subscribers can submit comments on posts that allow it, and edit their own posts. They can also edit their own profile. Other than that, they have no privileges.
Before adding a new User it is a good idea to ask them their preference for User name and password. They may choose a temporary password, then change it when they log in. No one may use “Admin” or “Administrator” as a user name, as those are targeted by HackerBots. All passwords should rate as “good” or better. Combinations of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols make the most secure passwords.
Remember to give new users the Authorization code for your site so that they can log in.
To add a new user, mouse-over “Users” in the left column, click “Add New” and fill in the boxes. Remember to click the “Add New User” button at the bottom of the form to save the entries.
Please watch this tutorial video in Full Screen mode.