Adding Users to a WordPress Site

Adding Users to a WordPress Site


  1. WordPress User Roles and Permissions
  2. Adding a User From the WordPress Dashboard
  3. User Registration
    1. Step 1: Enabling Registration
    2. Step 2: Security
    3. Step 3: Custom Meta Widget

      WordPress User Roles and Permissions

      WordPress has several different levels of permissions for users. You can learn about their differences more in-depth here. The different types of users are:

      • Administrator: has access to all the administration features within a single site.
      • Editor: can publish and manage posts including the posts of other users.
      • Author: somebody who can publish and manage their own posts.
      • Contributor: can write and manage their own posts but cannot publish them.
      • Subscriber: can only manage their profile.

      Want to customize user permissions? Check out the the User Role Editor plugin.

      Adding a User From the WordPress Dashboard

       Site administrators can add users to their site through Users on the Dashboard. 

      To add a new user, simply go to Users > Add New. 

      You’ll need to fill out the short form where Username and Email are required. 

      We highly recommend using NetIDs and UMW email addresses because they are easier for users to remember. Finally, you can decide what role you want them to have. 

      New users will receive an email from WordPress with a link to reset their password. If the user still does not receive the email, create a generic password and give it to them. Once they are logged in, they can change their password on their profile.

      User Registration

      Step 1: Enabling registration

      To allow new users to register on site, you have to enable registration by going to General under Settings and checking the box with “Anyone can register.”

      Enabling User Registration under Settings

      Step 2: Security

      We highly recommend you add a captcha to your registration form. This will help prevent bots from registering. To add a captcha to the registration form, use a plugin like Captcha Bank

      Once all of your users have registered for the site, go back and uncheck “Anyone can register.”

      Step 3: Custom Meta Widget

      To create a very simple Register/Login Meta Widget, you will need the plugin Custom Meta Widget. This plugin allows you control which of the 5 standard Meta widget links are displayed You can also add your own link.
      Custom Meta Widget area settings

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