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User Roles and Permissions

In this video we’ll examine User Roles and Permissions, a fantastic and very powerful feature. In particular, it’s great for WordPress websites managed by a large staff as well as WordPress blogs with multiple authors.


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Hello and welcome to LifeGuard. In this video, we’ll cover User Roles and Permissions. We’re currently on the Users page which you can access by clicking “Users” in the sidebar.

The roles, as displayed here, are the permission levels for any given user. To edit the role for any particular user, hover of their row and click ‘Edit’.

There are six possible levels of Roles that a user can have (technically there’s 7, but we’ll talk about that in a minute). In order of importance, starting with the highest, we first have the Super Administrator (which isn’t shown here and is only used for WordPress Multisites). Then we have Administrator, Editor, after Editor is Author, then Contributor, Subscriber, or No role. Each role has the abilities of each role lower than it.

Starting with the lowest role, the Subscriber can manage their profile and info and their info will show up when commenting while logged in. A Contributor can write and manage their own posts, but cannot publish them – only submit them for approval. Contributors cannot create new pages, only posts. An Author can write, manage, and also publish their own posts, but they cannot create new pages or access other users’ posts. Editors can write, manage, publish their own posts and pages, as well as other users’ posts and pages. An Administrator can do everything. In the case of a Super Administrator (which isn’t show here), they have access to Blog Network Administration features. The seventh option we alluded to earlier is really just removing a role from the user entirely. This seventh “no role” option could essentially be used to disable an account with actually deleting it.

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