When installing WordPress for the first time, you are automatically setup with an ‘admin’ account that gives you master access throughout the WordPress dashboard. However, what if you want to add new users to your WordPress members area? Simple! All you need to do is follow the simple process below that lays it out for you as clear as day.
Before adding new users to your account, here are just a few reasons why you may want to do this:
- Give access to a developer, designer or hosting support
- Provide additional writers with their own account to add content
- Collaborate with a team of users who all contribute to one site
How to Add a New User in WordPress
To add another user in WordPress:
- Log into your WordPress dashboard
- On the left-hand side menu click ‘Users’
- Click ‘Add New’ (as shown below)
- Provide a username and email address for this new users in the first two text boxes
- In the following specified text fields, enter the users first name, last name, and their website (if applicable)
- WordPress will create a unique password to go along with this account. You also have the option to override this and create a password of your own (as shown above)
- Check off the box next to the ‘Send this password to the new user by email’ option, so the account information is also sent to the user it is being setup for
- In the ‘Role’ dropdown box select the role you want that user to have (in most cases this will be “Author” or “Contributor”)
- Confirm all of the information is correct, and then click the ‘Add New User’ button
After walking through this process, if you would like to create a custom avatar or profile image, use this generator tool. It’s free and will allow you to create a completely original Gravatar profile image in minutes.
Keep Your WordPress User Management Safe
Not every WordPress site or blog is going to need to add new users to their site. If you are the only person running your site and you do all of the design and content creation yourself, you are more than fine with keeping just one user account. Once you start bringing in new contributors to the site, you can add them in as ‘authors’ and ‘contributors’.
As the main ‘admin’ of your WordPress dashboard, you can add, remove and edit all users at any given time. Be sure to never add anyone as an “Administrator”, as this will grant them full access to every section of your blog and WordPress area.