WordPress User Roles And Permissions For Beginners.

WordPress user roles and permissions

WordPress is the most powerful CMS ( Content Management System ) , WordPress has a very useful feature of user roles and permissions. It’s really essential for every WordPress user to know about these roles including their permissions. For beginners, we will discuss about WordPress user roles and permissions and compare between it.

When you install WordPress, by default there are five different roles.

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

Five different WordPress User Roles And Permissions.


1.Administrator role and its permissions

An administrator is the one who has the most power to manage a WordPress site. An administrator user can make post, edit post, delete post. It doesn’t matter who creates the post, an administrator can control any of posts a WordPress site.

They can install a plugin, edit the plugin, install a Theme, edit a Theme.

And most importantly WordPress administrator role can even delete a user and edit user information ( even password ). And of course, an administrator can even edit an administrator profile.

Above all, they do everything on a WordPress site. They have a control of everything ( of course in WordPress not out of WordPress 😀 😀 😀 ).

This role especially makes for site owner so that they can do everything that they want to do.


2. Editor role and its permission.

WordPress editor is a WordPress user role who has the control of the content part. So an editor can make a new post, edit a post, or delete a post ( even if it’s not his own post ).

And editor has also access of moderator, he can edit, delete a comment as well. But point to be noted editor can’t install plugin or change setting of your site.


3. Author role and its permission.

Similarly, a user with the author role can make a post, edit a post and delete a post. They can only control their content, not these ones which have been written by others. They can even delete a post if it is published.

As well as, an author can select a category while creating a post ( of course existing categories ). Because they can’t create a new category. But they can make a new category while creating a post and choose an existing one.

A user with the author role can’t moderate, edit or approve a comment. What they can do is to see a comment even if it’s on pending.

As they can’t even moderate so there is no chance to install a plugin, edit plugin or something like that 😛


4. Contributor role and its permission.

If you make a user with contributor role, then they will have the following advantages and disadvantages.

A moderator can edit and create a post. They can also add tag, view a comment if it’s awaiting for moderation.

But a moderator can’t create new category, can’t publish a post. Can’t approve a comment, delete a comment.

Most importantly I think the biggest disadvantage of a user with contributor role can’t even insert an image while creating a post. They have no access to media file.


5. Subscriber role and its permission

If you want to give a user an ability to manage only their profile such as change password, edit name subscriber role is perfect for you.

A user with subscriber role can’t edit, create or publish a post. Can’t view comments as well.

The role is the perfect fit if you want a user to log in before reading a post or comment on a post.

Happy blogging 🙂



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Mohammad Rahat Tanjid

Mohammad Tanjid is a professional WordPress Developer and Designer, he builds WP Products like WP Themes/Plugins and author of He has been writing code for more than 5 years now.