Adding Users to a WordPress Site

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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: 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.

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

There are two straightforward ways to add users to your site. The first requires an admin to add users. The other allow users to add themselves, which require the an admin to enable certain settings and add a widget to their site.

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 and then 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. 

Logging in as a New User 
New users will receive an emails from WordPress with a link to reset their password. If you are a new user of a site, make sure to click the link in the email and change your password. The subject line of the email will look something like this:

Subject: [site name] Your username and password info

Once you know your username for the site, locate the Log in link on the site. It will typically be under Meta and found in the sidebar or footer. Click on the Log In link and enter your credentials.

This is a custom Meta Widget

Alternatively, if you know your username, you can type in the website’s URL and add /wp-admin at the end, (e.g., umwdtlt.com/wp-admin) to bring up the log in screen. If you need to set up a password or change your password, click on the Lost Your Password? link and follow the process.

User Registration

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

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

Registering for a Site
Locate the Register link on the site. It will typically be under Meta and found in the sidebar, footer, or header. Click on the Register link. You may have to complete a captcha after entering in your credentials in order to register.

This is a custom Meta Widget

Logging in after Registering
New users will receive an emails from WordPress with a link to reset their password. If you are a new user of a site, make sure to click the link in the email and change your password. The subject line of the email will look something like this:

Subject: [site name] Your username and password info

Once you know your username for the site, locate the Login link on the site. It will typically be under Meta and found in the sidebar, footer, or header. Click on the Login link and enter your credentials.

This is a custom Meta Widget

Alternatively, if you know your username, you can type in the website’s URL and add /wp-admin at the end, (e.g., umwdtlt.com/wp-admin) to bring up the log in screen. If you need to set up a password or change your password, click on the Lost Your Password? link and follow the process.