I would like to turn my single author Wordpress blog into a multi-author site. To do that, I want to make accounts for my new writers. How can I add new users to Wordpress?
Before we go any further, it’s important to talk about your existing role in your WordPress blog. Are you the administrator? Do you have the ability to add users and set them up as writers or contributors? Many different WordPress sites are set up so that the IT or admin team are the only ones who have the ability to add users, install plugins or tweak the CSS underlying the site design. Based on what you’re talking about, however, I suspect that you’re good to go and that you can indeed add new users to your blog.
Having said that I have seen some configurations, like the Huffington Post, where contributors can’t actually publish content, all they can do is queue it up for review. That’s something you might consider as you proceed with your plans for online world domination. That’s the difference between a Contributor and an Author, as explained in the WordPress Codex.
But let’s jump in. Log in to your WordPress blog and go to the Dashboard. Now on the left side, party way down,. you should see these options:
If you don’t see “Users” on the list, well, then you don’t have the permissions you need and you’ll have to talk with someone on your administration team about upping your own account permissions (tip: You need to be an Administrator). Assuming you do have permission, however, just put your cursor on “Users” and three options pop up:
You can guess, but I’ll say it anyway: Click on “Add New” to add a new WordPress blog user to your site.
There are a lot of fields to fill in, as you can see:
I’ll fill out an account for my generic friend John Doe. The most important field to specify is the password, and note that WordPress has its own password system: it automatically picked a random password that’ll be emailed to the new user — so it’s important to get the email address correct — and that’s a good strategy. You don’t need to see the password, you’re the administrator!
But instead, click on “Show password” so you can see what’s going on behind the curtain:
Pretty gnarly password, eh? Not memorable, but secure, and if I had to choose, I’d definitely choose secure!
There are a number of different roles you can assign a new writer, as I said. If you want them to be able to publish directly. make them an “Author”. Want to check their work? Set them up as a “Contributor”:
Make sure you have it set up to email the new user, and click the “Add New User” button on the WordPress page. If it works, you’ll see this:
All set up. Want to change their settings or axe ’em? You can do that from the “All Users” screen:
And so, a click to choose johndoe’s account, choosing “delete” from the “Bulk Actions” menu, a click on “Apply” and John’s gone again. That’s how you add – and delete! – a WordPress user to your site!