WordPress User levels

from: WPMUDev.org

The Change Role to drop down menu lets you change the roles of a user.

The five roles a user can be assigned in decreasing level of responsibility are:

  1. Administrator – can do everything including complete power over posts, pages, plugins, comments, choice of themes, imports, settings, assign user roles and are even able to delete the blog.
  2. Editor – is able to publish posts/pages, manage posts/pages, upload files, moderate comments as well as manage other people’s posts/pages.
  3. Author – can upload files plus write and publish own posts.
  4. Contributor – can write own posts but can’t publish them; instead they are submitted for review.  An administrator or editor then reviews and publishes their posts.
  5. Subscriber – can read comments and write comments.

The Administrator has the highest access of the site users and is able to use all enabled site features, while a subscriber has the lowest, only able to read and write comments.

You need to consider carefully what role you assign all users because on group sites Administrators are able to remove other users, including other administrators, and editors can delete content.

Summary of user roles based on their Capability:

Summary of differences between users based on access to dashboard menus:

User roles

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