Users in WordPress plays a very crucial role in the development of the Blog/Website. WordPress in built has a management system for Users. A newbie admin must not worry about the safety and security of the Website as WordPress has allotted all necessary permissions to all the different users in the Blog/Website.

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This tutorial will clarify all your doubts about the different User Roles & their Assigned Permissions in WordPress Blog/Website.  The User permission concept is a bit complicated and confusing, so lets go in a simple manner.  In the previous tutorial of “Adding WordPress Users” it is quite clear that in WordPress there are five different users which are categorized according to the role in the Blog/Website.

Lets learn about them:



An admin has full control on the Blog/Website. He can perform all the different tasks which are mandatory in the advancement of the Website. All the administrative options are accessible by the admin.

Administrator has following permissions:

  • Publish Posts, Others Posts.
  • Edit Posts, Others Posts, Published Posts, Pages, Files, Media, Dashboard etc.
  • Install & Activate Themes, Plugins, Widgets.
  • Export & Import WordPress Blogs.
  • Delete Posts, Plugins, Themes, Pages, Private Posts, Files etc.
  • Add, Manage, Delete Users.
  • Manage & Moderate Links, comments, options.
  • Update the Plugins, Themes.



An editor has the permission to edit, access posts of others and also has the permission to publish posts. Basically, an editor is assigned to review and publish posts which are submitted by the contributors and authors.

Editor has following permissions:

  • Publish Posts, others Posts, Pages.
  • Edit Posts, Pages, Published Posts.
  • Moderate Comments, Links, Categories.
  • Delete Pages, Posts, others Posts, Published posts.
  • Read Private Posts, Pages.



An author is generally assigned to add new posts and publish his posts. Author cannot access and control other’s content.

Author has following Permissions:

  • Publish his Posts.
  • Edit his Published Posts.
  • Delete his Published Posts.



A contributor can only write posts but cannot publish them. Their posts are reviewed by the editor or the admin and then published.

Contributor has following permission:

  • Add new Posts.
  • Edit his posts.
  • Delete his posts.



A subscriber has only the permission to modify their profile and WordPress Dashboard. A subscriber is usually assigned to leave comments.

Subscriber has following permission:

  • Access Admin Panel.
  • Read the Website.
  • Leave Comments.

So admin its upon you, whom you want to make Editor, Author or Subscriber. So give it a try and if you find the information useful then don’t forget to drop your graceful thoughts in the comment box below.

Extra Tips

1. You can also define Custom User Permission Roles, in case you want to give your Editors – an extra functionality to control your plugins, themes, widget and backups. But this is entirely optional and very easy. Just get this plugin : User Role Editor, which allows you to assign any of the administrator and advanced control to any User of your choice. This is very handy tool when you want to give your users, specific functions and very specific access to particular part of your WordPress website.

2. User Access Manager – This is another useful plugins with Managing capabilities. This plugin enables you to create user groups, but must be restricted from other admin-like capabilities. Very handy, simple and powerful tool.
Do you know some other User Roles plugins like this ? Help us to Improve, Suggest us in comments section !