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Step 5: Create User Accounts

Unless you're going to be the only person updating your site, you'll need to set up some user accounts. User accounts not only keep track of who has access to your site; they also allow you to limit that access by assigning user roles. Each user role has a specific set of privileges:

  • Administrators can access and make changes to all areas of the site, including adding, deleting, and managing other user accounts.
  • Editors can publish and manage posts and pages, as well as making changes to other users' posts and pages.
  • Authors can publish and manage their own posts and pages.
  • Contributors can write their own posts but cannot publish them.
  • Subscribers can manage their own profiles, but cannot write or edit posts or pages.

So, for example, if you set up your general manager as an Editor and your intern as a Contributor, the intern wouldn't be able to post anything on your site without your general manager's approval.

Here's how to set up a new user account (see Figure 12):

  1. In your WordPress admin area, click Users and then Add New.
  2. Enter a username. This cannot be changed later.
  3. Enter the email address for the user. This must be a unique address; you can't use the same email address for more than one user on your site.
  4. Enter the first and last name of the user. If appropriate, add the user's website.
  5. Set and confirm a password for the new user.
  6. Indicate whether you want to send the password to the new user by email. (If you don't select this option, you'll need to notify the new user of his or her login credentials on your own.)
  7. Choose a role for the new user from the drop-down menu.
  8. Click Add New User to create the account.
Figure 12

Figure 12 Set up a new user account to give other people controlled access to your site.

Your new user has been created and can now add content to your site.

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