How To Add A New User
- Go to your WordPress admin page and log in to your website. https://www.youdomain.com/wp-admin
If you’re not sure of your password, you can click “Lost Password” to reset it.
- Now that you’re in the WordPress dashboard, click on Users in the left sidebar.
- Towards the top of the screen, click Add New.
- Now you should be on the Add New User screen. Enter a username and email address for your new user. First name, last name, and website are optional.
- Enter a SECURE password for your new user. You can either use the one that WordPress randomly generates, or create your own. However, it’s important to use a secure password because hackers will try to use your login to compromise your website. Please choose a password with uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols.
- Keep the Send User Notification checked if you would like the new user to receive an email with their login information. They will be able to reset their password in the email they receive.
- Choose a Role for your new user. Administrator is the default and it gives the user access to all the features of the website. If you need to limit the permissions of your new user, see the other roles available below.
- Click the Add New User button and you’re all set!
What Are User Roles?
User roles allow you to assign different levels of permissions to users on your website. If you don’t want a user to have all the permissions of the administrator role, you can choose from Editor, Author, Contributor, or Subscriber. In the WordPress Codex, these user roles are defined as the following:
- Administrator: somebody who has access to all the administration features within a single site.
- Editor: somebody who can publish and manage posts including the posts of other users.
- Author: somebody who can publish and manage their own posts.
- Contributor: somebody who can write and manage their own posts but cannot publish them.
- Subscriber: somebody who can only manage their profile.
Lost your password or can’t get in?
When this screen pops up, you merely need to go through a short series of steps to regain access.
First thing to do is click on that little link there labeled “Lost your password?”
By doing this, you’re going to be sent to the next screen that will request your username or your email address. Either one that you enter will send the same message to the email attributed to your user name. Fill it in and click the button “Get New Password”.
Now WordPress doesn’t send you your existing password. For security purposes, you’ll be sent a link in your email letting you know a request has been submitted for a new password and if you want to continue, just click on the link provided in the last line. Now, the nice security feature is that you are being notified if anyone else is trying to get your password. If this is the case, you can just ignore the email and no change will occur.
This link will take you directly to a page that will auto populate a very secure password. You can choose to use this one or you can clear this one and type your own. The nice feature about WordPress is that it will give you a rating of how secure the password may likely be.
Keep a record of that and only share with a trusted partner. Typically we create passwords for website administrators and save a master super admin in place so that all users are managed by one SUPER user. 🙂 Employees who come and go…. Partners who move on to other projects… you get the idea.