Do you want to add more authors to your blog? WordPress comes with a great feature that can manage all the uses of your blog and give them different privileges. Check out this method of how to add and manage new users of your blog.

How WordPress user roles works

Once you install WordPress, it’ll come with a few default user roles. Each of them has different privileges. Check below the differences between them to help you choose the best one for your users.

  • Administrator: It’s the main role of your blog. You should keep it just for people you trust. As an ‘admin’ role, you’re able to do everything on a WordPress site. Including: Installing new plugins, themes, manage all users, etc.
  • Editor: If you want someone to take care of the whole editorial part of your blog, which includes: Write, edit and publish their own posts but also the posts of other users, the ‘Editor’ role is the best option. They can’t access the admin pages of the website.
  • Contributor: In the other hand, the ‘Contributor’ role can only write and edit their own posts but can not publish them.
  • Author: Different from the ‘Editor’ role, an ‘Author’ can write, edit and also publish only their own posts. It’s the best option if you’re running a blog with different authors and would like to give them the freedom to write and post new posts on your blog. You as an ‘admin’ can always have control of all posts and settings of the blog.
  • Subscriber: This role is usually used by websites with a membership feature where visitors are able to sign up.

Creating a new user

To create a new user, in our case, a new author to our blog, go to “Users > Add New

The first thing you need to inform is a “Username“. Choose something easy to remember as the user will need it to log in on your website.

After choosing a username, you need to inform the e-mail address of the new user. Double check it as it’ll be used to reset a password if needed and also to receive further notifications.

The ‘First name‘, ‘Last Name‘ and also ‘Website‘ are optional and can be edited by the new user once they have access to their profile.

Now it’s time to choose a password. Inform a strong password but don’t worry about that. The user can always reset it or you as an ‘admin’. It’s recommended to mark the checkbox ‘Send the new user an email about their account.‘ this way the new user will receive their login information by email.

The last and most important option to be selected is the ‘User Role‘. As we discussed before, here is where you set the privileges of the new user. If you’d like to give the new user the access to write, edit and publish their own posts, the ‘Author‘ role is the best option. Remember you can always manage and edit all users later.

Managing all users

As an ‘admin’, you’re able to create, edit and delete any user of your blog. To do so, just go to “Users > All Users

To edit the user’s details, just pass the mouse over the user you’d like to modify and select “Edit“. You can also change and generate new password for a user trough the Users management page.

That’s it. Now you have a multi author blog. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you have any doubts, comment down below and you can also register to our website and change experiences with on our Forum.


Renato Franca
Fascinated by computers and technology since was a child. Built his first website at the age of 14 and has been helping people use the web ever since. Graduated in Computer Sciences, travelling, photography and coffee lover.


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