This article discusses:
- Adding new users to your WordPress site
- Required information for creating a new user
- User Roles and what certain Access Levels can and can’t do inside WordPress
- Editing user accounts
- Promoting users on your site with biographical information
Add New User
You add a new user by clicking on the “Users” link in the admin menu inside the WordPress dashboard, and then clicking “Add New.”
There are only 3 pieces of required information to create a new user:
- email address
All other fields in this view are optional.
If you wish your user to be notified of his new account make sure to click the check box for “send this password to the new user by email.”
The user role selection box determines the capabilities you can assign to the new user, which vary in the following ways:
Subscriber – This is the default setting for the parents the school admin wishes to add. The parents can login and read content only. They have no posting capabilities, other than the ability to leave comments on posts on the front end of the site.
Authors – This is the default for the assigned administrator of this website. He/She has the ability to add content and can also publish their own posts. They cannot, however, edit content created by other authors and especially by the website developer/designer of this site . He/She can only edit their own submitted content. Authors can also add media to the site and their own posts. He/She can create and send eNewsletters to the subscribers (parents and other members) as well as add and edit members.
To edit a user, hover over the user’s name in the All Users panel in the Website Admin. Links to edit or delete that user will appear – click edit. This brings up the edit profile screen, showing more information options than when the user is created.
You, or the user, can add various snippets of additional information, including a nickname, which determines how the user’s name is displayed on the front-end of the site – like in comments, post meta, and forums.
This site also includes fields for several social media profiles and a text box for biographical information. These inputs can be especially handy for a multiple author site that wants to show off personal information for its authors. This increases engagement with your site and interest in its member users.