To begin adding users in WordPress I navigated to the Users section of the dashboard and selected “Add New”.
I then inputted the usernames, emails and other information for the user. The password was auto generated by WordPress.
Here are all of the users I created. I have an Author, Collaborator, Editor and an Administrator.
When logged in as an editor I had access to the following things within the WordPress dashboard.
I was able to update existing posts and create new ones.
I was also able to add media to the Website.
Editors are used for site organisation and maintenance. They can create posts, update posts, manage tags, categories, comments and upload media. Editors often oversee particular categories and a combination of them are required for large websites to operate efficiently.
When I was logged in as an author I was given the following control from the WordPress dashboard.
Like Editors, Authors are also able to upload media to the site.
However, Authors are not able to edit previously published posts.
Authors are only able to publish posts the they initially created.
Here is the authors post published on the website.
Authors are used largely for writing posts. They cannot edit or add pages and they also cannot edit existing posts. Authors can only edit, update and delete their own posts. For an online newspaper these would be the people that write the articles.
As a collaborator I have access to the following within the WordPress dashboard.
Like authors, a collaborator is unable to edit existing posts.
A collaborator cannot even publish their own posts or upload media. Collaborators must submit their post for a review before it can be published by an editor or administrator.
Collaborators are used when outside contributions are made to a website. This includes people that are employed for one off posts that aren’t directly under the control of the business. Collaborators add an extra layer of security to your posting as they pass the review before they are published.
Administrators have full control over the WordPress website. As seen from the following image, administrators have access to everything that WordPress has to offer.
A large part of being an administrator is managing users and adding plugins. Plugin management is only available to administrators and many of the plugin options on the dashboard are too.
Administrators control the overall maintenance, functionality and operation of the website. They have access to the sites settings, user management and plugins. They have the technical skills to keep the website up and running and have the power to make changes to suit its advancement.