WordPress allows us to create different users with different roles and capability. With the help of user’s roles, we can specify what user can do or cannot. As a beginner of WordPress, you should know the user’s roles and their responsibility. If the owner of the blog allows guest post, editor for the post, contributor to blog then it’s good to assign roles according to their work. Please keep in mind that don’t assign an administrator role to anyone because we may not know some writers, editors as they are a stranger all around the world. Here I am going to tell you WordPress user’s roles and their capabilities.
WordPress user’s roles
- Super Administrator
For each role, there is a predefined task assigned to them. Here I am discussing each role, their capabilities. Once you understand, then you are free to assign the roles to your employee, writers, editors, contributors, etc.
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This role is available to WordPress multisite network. Multisite is WordPress feature by using it we can create a network of sites managed by a single super administrator. Super admin has all the capabilities to add a website, delete, and add users. If you have a single site, then the administrator will act as a super admin. The owner of the site have this role, and they will manage all users.
This is snapshot from WordPress.org for capabilities vs. role table for admin and super admin
Here are some capabilities of Administrator
- Add, Delete, Edit any post.
- Add new users and assign the role to them.
- Install, Delete Plugins, Themes, etc.
- Manage the users, their information, passwords, etc.
The editors have all the capabilities related to the writing section. Editors can edit, delete, and publish a post on others too. Editors have rights to delete, edit, moderate comments. Editors cannot install plugins or change any setting.
The author can manage, edit, and publish their post. The author can see the comment but cannot approve it. They can add the tag but for category needs to choose from existing. They don’t have access to the setting, plugins, etc.
The contributor just writes, edit their post they don’t have access to another setting, even they cannot publish their post too for that they just save draft and administrator publish their post.
The subscriber doesn’t have any access as they can log in to their account and update the own profile, they can change their password too.
This is all about the WordPress user’s roles and capabilities. The administrator account will be created for you which is an owner of the website. Later on, the administrator can create another account. The administrator role limited to the single site while super administrator role can manage the whole network of multiple sites.