Lesson 3 - Users

In this lesson, we're going to learn about users on your WordPress blog. Right now, you are the only user on your website. You can create more user accounts if you want other people to work on your website as well.

You can give these users different roles depending on what capabilities you want them to have. For instance, some users have total control and can change everything, while others can create drafts of posts but not publish them.

Before we describe all of the roles more in depth, let's go through your User Profile.

Follow along with the written instructions and watch the videos if you'd like to see me going through the steps.

Your User Profile

From your WordPress Dashboard, click on Users on the left-hand side.

This is where you can see all of the users, edit them, add new ones, and delete old ones.

You should only see one user. That's you! It should be the username that you chose when you installed WordPress. Let's take a look at your profile.

Click on your Username or Edit under your username.

Other ways to get to your profile:

  • Click on Howdy, <username> in the very top right of your dashboard.
  • Click on Your Profile in the sub-menu of Users of the left-hand side.
WordPress User Dashboard

Visual Editor

The visual editor helps you more easily edit your blog posts. It provides a what-you-see-is-what-you-get view of your content while you're editing.

There are other content editors that make things easier and we'll talk about those later. For basic WordPress use, the visual editor is very helpful.


Leave this unchecked.

Color Scheme

This is the color scheme for your WordPress dashboard only. It doesn't affect your actual website at all. It only changes the view of you dashboard when you are logged in.

Go ahead and try them out. Which one puts you in the best, most productive blogging mood?


Choose your favorite color scheme.

Keyboard Shortcuts

These are useful if your blog is getting a great deal of comments and you need to quickly review them all. It's not necessary to learn them right now.

Once your audience grows, then comeback and master all of the shortcuts. You'll be able to review the comments faster. But don't check this until you learn the shortcuts. You don't want to accidentally use a shortcut without realizing it!


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Where is the user displayed on blog posts

You can enter you first and last name if you want but you don't need to. The only thing that matters here is the Display name publicly as.

When you make a comment or publish a post, this is the name used as the author. For example, the post I made looks like this:

Your display name choices are determined by your first name, last name, and nickname.


Choose a display name.

Contact Info

Your email address is not posted publicly anywhere on your website and you don't need to worry about a website either.


Leave these as they are.

About Yourself

We're going to use free plugins for all of the information about the authors of the pages and posts. It will look friendlier and more professional.


Leave this blank for now.

Account Management

If you ever want to change your password, this is the place to do it. You would click Generate Password and WordPress will come up with a new password for you (or you can manually type in the password of your choice).

WordPress randomly generates strong passwords for you to use to promote higher security.

If you have logged into your WordPress account on another computer and think you may have forgotten to log out, you can click Log Out Everywhere Else here.

If any other computers are logged into your WordPress account, they will be logged out immediately. This is handy if you work on your site at the library or at a friend's house and want to be sure you have logged out of your account.

That's it for your user profile!


Click Update Profile.

Adding New Users

Let's go through the process of adding a new user in case you want other people to contribute or subscribe to your blog.

Go back to the Users page by clicking on Users on the left-hand side. Then click Add New.

New User Information

​First, you must come up with a Username. Usernames cannot be changed, but you can change the display name for any user at any time. (Remember, the display name is the name shows up as the author when the user creates a comment or a post).

Second, type in their email address. All users must have different email addresses.

You can enter in a first name, last name, and website if you wish, but these are not required.

The Send User Notification box determines whether or not the new user will receive an email with their login credentials.


Enter in a Username and email address for the new user.

Keep the Send User Notification box checked.

User Roles

There are 5 different choices, all with different capabilities. Let's go over all of them.

  • Subscribers

    Subscribers can only manage their own profile. If you previously chose to require people to sign in to comment on blog posts (in Settings→Discussion), then subscribers can make comments.
  • Contributor

    Contributors can write and manage their own posts, but they cannot publish them. They cannot edit other people's posts either.
  • Author

    Authors can write, manage, and publish their own posts. They cannot edit other users' posts.
  • Editor

    Editors can write, manage, and publish their own posts as well as the posts of other users.
  • Administrator

    Administrators have access to all of the features of the website. Only administrators can edit other users.


Choose a role for your new user and click Add New User.

You will be taken back to the Users page and now you'll see 2 users!

If you ever want to delete a user, just click Delete below their username.

That's it for the basics on users! Now let's get to the good stuff: themes!