WordPress – Add User
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In this video I’m going to show you how to create a new user.
To start, click on Users.
Click on Add New on the left menu or up top.
The first field is the username. This is required.
We start with the username. You cannot edit your Username after your account has been created so it’s best to choose the right one from the start. Create a username that isn’t too obvious or easy to guess, especially for Administrators. Do not use admin, your domain, or company name. These are way too easy for hackers to figure out. For Bob I’m going to give him the username of spongeb. Since his name is not related with my domain, company, or product, it will be harder for a hacker to guess.
Next is the email address. All users are required to list an e-mail address in their respective Profiles. The E-mail address must be unique for each user. Your blog will use this address to notify you of new comments to your posts and for other administrative purposes. To reiterate what was said above, only other registered users of your blog will have access to this e-mail address. It is never sent anywhere.
Next up is the First and Last Name. I recommend putting something here that is different than what the username is. With bob, I will put Sponge as his first name and Bob as his last name. That way his display name will show up as Sponge Bob and will be different from what his username is. The reason behind this is if you are running a blog and it shows the Author of the posts, it will show Sponge Bob as the author instead of spongeb. If you leave the first and last name blank or set it the same as your username, it could be a security risk because it will give the hacker your username. Then all they have to figure out is your password. You can always change this later if you edit a user.
I usually leave the website field blank but you can enter one if you like.
To set the password, click on Show Password.
They now default your password to a really long, impossible password to remember. I use their generated passwords every once in awhile, but I also create my own passwords that are easier for me to remember. For this tutorial, I’m going to leave what they have in there. If you’d like to change it, type over what they have listed. It will tell you if your password is weak or strong. I recommend trying to make it as strong as possible so that it’s not easy for a hacker to guess. Never use 123456, password, your domain name, your company name, etc. Those passwords are way too easy to guess. I’d recommend adding some capital letters, special characters, and numbers in it and have a minimum of 7 characters. If you make your password too easy to guess, hackers will quickly take over your website.
I’m going to click on the Hide button to hide my password again.
Now you will choose the role this user will have.
You have the option of Subscriber, Contributor, Author, Editor, and Administrator. The Subscriber role has the least permissions. They can only manage their profile. So if you have a membership site, this is the permission you’d want the users to have. They will be able to view your content but only be able to change their profile. A Contributor can write and manage their own posts but cannot publish them. This would be great for users that you want to write posts for you, but you want to approve them before they are published. An Author can publish and manage their own posts, but not anyone else’s. Editors can publish and manage posts including the posts of other users. An administrator has access to all the administration features. It’s has the highest amount of permissions. You’ll want to choose the role that best fits your users responsibilities. I recommend having as few administrator accounts as possible. The last thing you want is a bitter employee to hijack your website. If they only have editor privileges the most damage they can do is edit the content on your page which you can easily fix.
I’m going to give Bob Editor access so he can make edits on any posts and pages on the website and help me keep the content on the website updated.
If you’d like to send an email to the user that you are creating an account for, leave the box checked next to Send User Notification. I’m going to uncheck it so that it doesn’t send Bob an email.
When you’re done, click the Add New User button.
When you’re done, click the Add New User button.
That’s it for this video. I’ll see you in the next one.
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