WordPress users

Treehouse course (inspired) bare-bone notes on users / user roles


  • is free
  • is a CMS (Content Management Systems)
  • has a huge library of paid and free plugins to extend its functionality
  • has a huge library of paid and free themes to change the look to a desired
  • design and/or add functionality to the admin area
  • has a huge community and a lot of resources to learn and ask for help

User roles (from WordPress codex)

  • Super Admin — somebody with access to the site network administration features and all other features. See the Create a Network article. The first user created during WordPress installation is a Super Admin.
  • Administrator — somebody who has access to all the administration features within a single site.
  • Editor — somebody who can publish and manage posts including the posts of other users.
  • Author — somebody who can publish and manage their own posts.
  • Contributor — somebody who can write and manage their own posts but cannot publish them.
  • Subscriber — somebody who can only manage their profile.

To create user accounts you have to be logged in as a Super Admin.

Although it i s possible to only use one Super Admin or Administrator user, it is recommended to use user with as much access as needed and as little access as possible.

Advanced User Roles Advanced Access Manager plugin

If the default user settings have too much or too little acces, tools like AAM plugin can be used to fine-tune the settings.

User fields user profile settings page


  • Username
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Nickname (required)
  • Display name publicly as

Contact Info

  • Email (required)
  • Website

About Yourself

  • Biographical Info
  • Profile Picture — Gravatar
    WordPress by default uses gravatars associated with the user’s e-mail address.

What information is displayed is defined by the current theme. It is possible to let people register. This option is turned on in Settings/General/Membership [x] Anyone can register

New users registration
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