A Guide to WordPress User Roles



Hello dear readers! Welcome back to another edition of our tutorial on WordPress. In this tutorial post, we will be be taking you guys on the different user roles in WordPress.

Every user in WordPress has their own role. Its just like a permission given to a specific user to access the WordPress site. These roles can only be allotted by the admin.

Following below are the few pre-defined roles in WordPress -

  • Administrator - The admin of the site has all the rights. An admin can do anything and everything on the WordPress site such as creating more admins, inviting more users and also removing them.
  • Editor - The editor of the site has access to all the posts, pages, tags, links, categories and the comments. They can create, publish, edit or even delete any posts or pages.
  • Author - The author can only write posts, upload pictures, edit, and publish their own posts.
  • Contributor - Contributors of the site can only write and edit their posts until they are published. They can create their own posts and pages but can't publish them. They can't upload files or images but can see your site status. When they want to publish any post, it must first of all be reviewed by the admin of the website. As soon as the posts gets admin's approval and then published, changes to it can no longer be made by the contributor.
  • Followers - The followers of the website or blog can only read and comment on posts. Followers are the ones who signed into your account to receive updates.
  • Viewers - Viewers can only view your posts. The viewers cannot edit but they can only comment on the posts.


Alright guys! This is where we are rounding up for this tutorial. In our next tutorial guide, we are going to be be discussing about how to Add Users.

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