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Managing User Accounts

Whether your WordPress site is a solo affair or a group effort, user accounts make it easy to see who has access to what. You can add new user accounts manually or allow prospective users to add themselves (at an account level that you have specified). You can get rid of troublesome or outdated accounts with just a few clicks.

To add a user account:

  1. Click Users in the sidebar menu to access the list of current user accounts for your WordPress site black-a.jpg. You’ll be taken to the Users page black-b.jpg.

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    black-a.jpg Click Users to access the list of current user accounts.

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    black-b.jpg Current users and their roles are listed here.

  2. Click Add New to add a new user. You’ll be taken to the Add New User screen black-c.jpg.

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    black-c.jpg The Add New User screen lets you manually add a new user.

  3. Enter a username, email address, and password for your new user (the user will have the option of changing the password when he or she logs in). You can select whether you want to send login information (including the password you’ve chosen) to the new user by email.
  4. Set the user’s first and last name and Web site address here, and select the new user’s role from the drop-down menu black-d.jpg.

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    black-d.jpg Fill out these fields to create a new user.

  5. Click Add User to create the new user account. You’ll return to the Users screen, where you’ll see a confirmation message at the top of the page black-e.jpg.

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    black-e.jpg You’ve successfully created a new user!

To change user roles:

  1. On the Users page, select the check box next to the username of the user whose role you want to change.
  2. From the “Change role to” drop-down menu, choose the new role black-f.jpg.

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    black-f.jpg Choose a user and change roles using the drop-down menu.

  3. Click the Change button when you have made your selection to apply the new role to the selected account(s). A message saying “Changed role(s)” will appear at the top of the screen black-g.jpg.

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    black-g.jpg Success! You’ve changed a user’s role.

To edit user profiles:

  1. On the Users page, click a username to open the user’s profile.

    Edit the user’s profile. As the admin you can assign user roles in addition to setting general profile information black-h.jpg.

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    black-h.jpg The User Profile editing screen.

  2. After making changes to a user’s profile, click Update User at the bottom of the screen.

    A confirmation will appear at the top of the page black-i.jpg.

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    black-i.jpg The message User Updated lets you know that your changes have been saved.

To delete user accounts:

  1. On the Users page, select the check boxes next to the name of the user(s) you wish you delete black-j.jpg.

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    black-j.jpg Choose users to delete from this list.

  2. From the Bulk Actions drop-down menu, select Delete black-k.jpg. Click Apply to go to the Delete Users page.

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    black-k.jpg Click Apply to continue.

  3. You can either delete all of the posts and links associated with the users you’re deleting, or you can assign them to another user, such as the admin account black-l.jpg. Click Confirm Deletion.

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    black-l.jpg Choose an option and confirm deletion.

    Back on the Users page, you’ll see a confirmation message at the top of the screen telling you how many users were deleted black-m.jpg.

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    black-m.jpg You’ll see a message telling you how many users were deleted.

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