Role Definitions in WordPress

Blog RolesAs administrators of your blog, you have the ability to add new users to blog along with you. From training you know that there should only be one administrator per blog, so what role should you give to new bloggers?

If you are not sure how to add a new blogger, or need the naming convention for new accounts, please see the post on Adding New Bloggers.

General Rule of thumb for the various roles: Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor, and Subscriber:

Quick Summary of Roles

  • Administrator – Somebody who has access to all the administration features
  • Editor – Somebody who can publish and manage posts and pages as well as manage other users’ posts, etc.
  • Author – Somebody who can publish and manage their own posts
  • Contributor – Somebody who can write and manage their posts but not publish them
  • Subscriber – Somebody who can only manage their profile

Full Summary of Roles

Here I will start with the subscriber and work up to the Administrator.

Subscriber can:  read the blog

Contributor can: (do what a subscriber can and….) edit posts, and delete posts

Author can: (do what a subscriber and contributor can and…) edit published posts, upload files, publish posts, and delete published posts

Editor can: (do what a subscriber, contributor, and author can and….) moderate comments, manage categories, manage links, use the HTML editor, edit other users posts, edit pages, edit other user pages, edit published pages, publish pages, delete pages, delete other user pages, delete published pages, delete other user posts, delete private posts, edit private posts, read private posts, delete private pages, edit private pages, and read private pages.

Administrators can: (do what subscriber, contributor, author, and editors can and…) activate plug-ins, add users, create users, delete plug-ins, delete users, edit files, edit plug-ins, edit theme options, edit users, promote users, remove users, and edit the dashboard.