Do you want to instantly switch between user accounts in WordPress?
When testing new features on your website, you may need to switch between accounts with different user roles. Logging in and out of these accounts manually takes time and can quickly get frustrating.
In this article, we will show you how to instantly switch between user accounts in WordPress.
Why Switch Between WordPress User Accounts?
By default, WordPress allows you to add new users and authors to your website. Each account has a user role that controls the actions they can perform on your website and the information they can access.
As the site owner, you are automatically assigned the administrator user role. This gives you complete control, including the ability to manage all user accounts.
While testing new features on your website, you may need to see how things look to people with different user roles and permissions. This is particularly important when you have lots of different users, like if you run a WordPress membership website or an online store.
You can create test accounts and then log in and out of these accounts manually. However, this will take a lot of time and can make it difficult to thoroughly test new features on your blog.
With that in mind, let’s see how you can instantly switch between user accounts in WordPress.
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How to Instantly Switch Between User Accounts
The quickest way to switch between different test accounts is by using User Switching. This free plugin allows you to access any user account with the click of a button and without entering any passwords.
Upon activation, you need to go to the Users page in your WordPress dashboard. You can now hover your move over any account and click on the ‘Switch To’ link when it appears.
The plugin will now log you into that user account without asking for a password or username. With that done, you can test your WordPress website while logged in as that user.
User switching is only available for users with the admin role, so you won’t see the ‘Switch To’ link while logged in as any other user.
When you are ready to switch back to the admin account on your WordPress blog, simply hover over the username in the toolbar. In the dropdown that appears, click on ‘Switch back to admin.’
We hope this article helped you instantly switch between user accounts in WordPress. You may also want to check out our guide on how to allow user registration on your WordPress site or see our expert picks for the best contact form plugins.