Beginner’s Guide to WordPress User Roles and Permissions

WordPress comes with a user role management system which defines what a specific user can and cannot do on your website. Knowing these user roles and permissions are essential as your WordPress site grows. In this beginner’s guide to WordPress user roles, we will compare each WordPress user roles and permissions in an easy to follow infographic.

Out of the box when you install WordPress, there are five default user roles:

  1. Administrator
  2. Editor
  3. Author
  4. Contributor
  5. Subscriber

You can see a full comparison between each user role by viewing the infographic below:

Alternatively, you can read the summary of each user role permissions below. We will also cover how to create new user roles and/or customize existing WordPress user roles.

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Let’s start by looking at each default user role and their permissions.

1. Administrator

On a regular WordPress install, Administrator is the most powerful user role. Users with the administrator role can add new posts,

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