WordPress is a versatile content management system (CMS) that’s loaded with helpful features, including the ability to add multiple users to the website. If you are the only person who creates and publishes content to your website, then you probably don’t need multiple users. But if two or more people contribute to your website, you should give them each a unique username.
There are two different ways to add new users to WordPress, one of which is to open registration to everyone. While logged into your website as the administrator, click Settings > General > and check the box “Anyone can register.” Basically, this means anyone can sign up for an account to use on your website. This is helpful in community-driven blogs and websites, but it also attracts spammers. A more effective solution — assuming you only want to add a small number of users — is to add users manually.
The second method involves adding users manually, through Users > Add New. Upon accessing this area of your website, you’ll be asked to complete a form. This includes username (required), email (required), first name (optional), last name (optional), website (optional), password (required), and the user’s role (required – subscriber by default).
Because WordPress is frequently targeted by hackers and spammers, it’s recommended that you choose an iron-clad password. A strong password should consist of a combination of lower-case letters, upper-case letters, numbers and special characters, and it should be at least 10 characters in length. Also, never store your password in a plain text file. If you’re going to store it on your computer, use encryption to keep it safe.
It’s important to note that WordPress has five different user roles: administrator, editor, contributor, author and subscriber. The administrator has full authorization to adjust the website’s settings, create and edit content, install new plugins, and upload media, whereas the lower-tiered roles have certain types of restrictions. For instance, contributors are allowed to create and submit content for review, but they are unable to publish content, nor can they edit existing content. Hopefully, this will give you a better understanding of user roles in WordPress and how to add new users to your website.
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