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How to set up user permissions on WordPress

WordPress is a great CMS that allows users to store information into databases. This may includes posts, labels, categories and comments. At times, you are very busy and you can no longer manage your WordPress blog. In such a case, the best thing to do is to employ someone to manage your blog for you. The personal you employ should have vast knowledge on WordPress.

However, you might need to customize and regulate the activity of your employee on the blog. That is he or she should not have complete access to your blog. He or she should have the capabilities of editing, deleting and creating articles.

On the other end, you would also like to control what your visitors can do on you blog. It is ridiculous to give the visitors the ability to edit your articles or the ability to delete them. Your site permissions should allow the user to only read and comment. This is because not every visitor to your site is trustworthy. Some are malicious and can harm you sites with worms and Trojans.

The admin area should only be accessible to you any other person whom you completely trust. This is because the admin area is the chief element that gets your website running. In WordPress, you can regulate this permission.

Follow these steps to add users and grant them permissions

WordPress Dashboard

WordPress Users

Add New WordPress User

New User Details

New User Password

This is the last step and where the trick is. Add role to the new users from the drop down menu. Make sure you choose the correct role according to the task that you want your employee to perform. The administrator role will give complete access to the site and am sure you do not want this. The other roles on the drop down list are self-explanatory. They include editor role, author role and the subscriber role.

New User Role

Additionally, customize what visitors can do to your site on the settings tab. You can choose to allow comment only but if you do not want comments, you can disable the option. You can also configure user permission using the Permission Plugin. The plugin has a nice interface with various options for you to choose.

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