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How to Add New Users and Authors to Your WordPress Blog

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Do you want to add new users and authors to your blog?

WordPress comes with a built-in user management system. This lets you add users with different roles and permission levels.

In this article, we will show you how to add new users and authors to your WordPress website.

Adding new users and authors to your WordPress website

Adding a New User or Author to Your WordPress Website

There are three ways to add new users to your WordPress website. You can add users manually, let users register themselves for free, or create a paid membership site where users pay to register.

Here is what we are going to cover in this article. Simply click on the quick links to jump straight to the section you need:

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Manually Adding a New User or Author to Your Website

If you want to add a small number of people to your website, then this is easy to do with WordPress’s built-in user management system.

This method is ideal for:

  • Small businesses with several different employees managing their websites.
  • Organizations, such as churches and nonprofits, with volunteers updating their websites.
  • WordPress blogs with multiple authors, such as a fashion blog that you are writing with some friends.
  • Online stores with several people managing inventory, shipping items, etc.

You simply need to go to the Users » Add New page in your WordPress admin area.

Next, simply fill out the form to create a new user.

Fill out the form to add a new user to your website

On the form, you first need to enter a username. The user can use this or their email address to log in.

Note: The WordPress username can’t be easily changed later, but all the other details can.

Next, enter the user’s email address. Double-check that you are using the correct email address. Users will need this in order to reset their password and receive email notifications.

After that, you can enter the first name, last name, and website URL. Since these are optional fields, you can also leave them blank. Users can edit their own profiles to complete these fields later.

In the next step, you will need to choose a password. We recommend using an online strong password generator for this purpose.

We suggest using the ‘Generate password’ button to automatically create a strong password.

Below the password field, you will see a checkbox to send the user an email. If you check this, the user will receive an email letting them know how to log in. This will also have a link so they can set a different password if they want.

The last option on the page is to choose a WordPress user role from the dropdown list.

The dropdown list of default user roles in WordPress

Each user role comes with a different set of capabilities. Subscriber is the least powerful role, and Administrator is the most powerful role. You need to choose a role depending on which tasks a user will be performing on your website.

You may already know what role you want to give your user. If so, select the role, then click the ‘Add New User’ button at the bottom of the screen.

Entering the details for your new user in WordPress

If you are unsure about the role, then don’t worry. We have a detailed explanation of the roles in the next section of this article.

Remember, some plugins create additional user roles.

For instance, WooCommerce adds ‘Customer’ and ‘Shop Manager’ roles. All in One SEO adds the ‘SEO Manager’ and ‘SEO Editor’ roles.

Simply check the plugin’s documentation to find out about any additional roles that you see in this list.

Additional user roles created by WooCommerce and All in One SEO

Understanding User Roles in WordPress

WordPress comes with these default user roles:

  • Administrator
  • Editor
  • Author
  • Contributor
  • Subscriber

If you have a multisite installation of WordPress, there is also a ‘Super Admin’ role. These users can manage all of the websites, whereas regular Administrators manage just one site.


An administrator can perform all tasks on your WordPress site.

You should only assign this role to users whom you fully trust. You should also feel confident about their technical skills.

With the administrator user role, a user can install WordPress plugins, change themes, delete content, and even delete other users. This includes other administrators.

You can learn more about the Administrator role here.


An editor can add, edit, publish, and delete their own WordPress posts. They can also do all of these actions for posts by all other users.

They cannot access website settings, plugins, themes, and other admin features.

This role is useful if you have an editor for your site who manages a team of authors and publishes content on a regular basis.

You can learn more about the Editor role here.


Authors can add, edit, and publish their own posts. They can upload files, too.

They can’t edit or publish other people’s posts or access features like plugins, themes, settings, and tools.

You may want to use a plugin to restrict authors so they can only write in a specific category.

You could also let authors revise their published posts. Again, you will need to use a plugin to extend the Author user role.

You can learn more about the Author role here.


A contributor can add and edit their own posts but cannot publish them.

Additionally, they cannot edit other users’ posts or access features like plugins, themes, settings, and tools.

It is important to note that contributors cannot upload media files, such as images. The easiest way to get around this is to get contributors to upload their post’s image(s) through a file upload form.

That way, the image(s) can be saved straight to the WordPress media library. This makes it easy for an editor or administrator to add them to the post.

You can learn more about the Contributor role here.


The subscriber role does not let users add or edit posts in any way.

With the default settings, subscribers can create a profile and save their details. This lets them enter them more quickly when leaving comments.

You can also use a membership plugin or LMS plugin to create members-only content that is available to subscribers. We will come onto that later in this article.

You can learn more about the Subscriber role here.

To find out more about all the different user roles in WordPress and how they relate to one another, you can check out our beginner’s guide to WordPress user roles and permissions.

Managing Users in WordPress

As an administrator, you can add and remove users from your WordPress site at any time. After you have added a user, you can edit their profile and change any information, including passwords.

Simply click on the Users tab in your WordPress admin to go to the user page. You can edit or delete a user at any time.

Managing users in WordPress

You can edit the user’s profile to change their password, their role, and more. You can also bulk edit users to change their roles if you want to upgrade or downgrade several users’ roles at the same time.

Users can also edit their own profile by going to Users » Profile in the WordPress dashboard. They can add a profile picture and change most of their details, but they cannot change their role.

Open Your WordPress Site for Anyone to Register for Free

What if you want to let users register on your site for free?

It would be a lot of work to add each user manually. Instead, you can let them create their own account.

First, you need to go to Settings » General in your WordPress admin and check the ‘Anyone can register’ box.

Enabling public registration for your website

By default, new users will be given the Subscriber role. Go ahead and change this to any role you want using the dropdown.

Warning: We recommend only letting users register as ‘Subscribers’ or ‘Contributors.’ If you let users register as ‘Authors,’ they could publish a post without approval. Never use ‘Administrator’ as the default setting.

Don’t forget to click the ‘Save Changes’ button at the bottom of the page to store your changes.

You also need to add a login form to your site. The best way to do this is with the WPForms plugin. Just follow our guide on how to allow user registration on your WordPress site for help with this.

Tip: You can also disable the WordPress admin bar for subscribers or other user roles.

Another way to add new users to your site is to create a paid membership program that users sign up for.

This allows you to sell members-only content, add premium content behind a paywall, sell online courses, and more.

To do this, you need a WordPress membership plugin.

We recommend using MemberPress. It’s the best membership and course creation plugin with all the functionality and flexibility you need.

Just some of the setup options in MemberPress

MemberPress lets you lock specific posts and pages on your site so that only registered, paying users can access them. Many sites offer premium content like this as a way to make money online.

With MemberPress, it’s easy to create different access levels.

For instance, you might offer a Bronze, Silver, and Gold plan. Each of these plans would have its own user role. You could create separate courses that only users with certain roles could sign up for.

You also get access to powerful tools such as MemberPress’s reports to see your average member lifetime value, how many members you have in total, and more.

MemberPress allows you to add drip content to create an evergreen membership site, and you can even sell group memberships in WordPress.

For a step-by-step tutorial on setting up MemberPress on your site, check out our ultimate guide to creating a WordPress membership site.

We hope this article helped you learn how to add new users and authors to your WordPress website. You may also want to see our comparison of the best email marketing services and our guide on how to add push notifications so that you can connect with your users after they leave your website.

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  2. Dayo Olobayo says

    Thanks for this but I have a question. Please how can I give credit to guest post authors by mentioning their name without having to grant them access to my website?

    • WPBeginner Comments says

      For a simple method, you could create a user subscriber and choose to not share the login info with the guest author. You could then assign them the credit when adding their posts.

      • Dayo Olobayo says

        Thanks for the helpful solution. I appreciate the simplicity and effectiveness of this approach.

  3. Mrteesurez says

    Nice post.
    Why is it that a subscriber also see the admin bar when he is not having any function to do with it ?
    Concerning the username, it’s possible to change it, I have read that from on of your post. thanks.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      It depends on the site, some add tools for users in the admin area while others don’t want users in the admin area.


  4. waseem says

    Is there a way to categorize self registered users and admin registered users using a plugin or manually?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      For doing that, you could create different user roles for admin added and have the standard signup be registered as a different role.


  5. A Mueed says

    I’ve assigned an author and am using User Role editor. My author has no access to elementor builder, how can I enable that for him? I would be grateful if you could resolve this issue, Thanks.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would want to check your Elementor settings to ensure that you are not preventing access in the plugin’s settings.


  6. Sushant Singhal says

    Earlier, I could go to my site’s dashboard, add user, assign role for him / her and that was it.

    Now, as per new interface, I can only invite a person to become user / author / editor etc. Even when a invited person accepts invitation by confirming through his email box, he / she is not accepted as user.

    When he / she logs into the, he is prompted to create a new website instead of taking him to the website for which he has been added as a user. Although I know that the invitation has been accepted by the invitee, he/she continues to be shown as ‘pending invitation’. Why so?

    Is there some bug? Can’t I get that earlier system where I could add Authors to my website by entering their details and assigning them a user name and password?

  7. Jolie Royal says

    It’s hard to come by well-informed people on this topic,
    however, you sound like you know what you’re talking about!

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