WordPress User Roles, Who Can Do What?

When adding a new user, you have the choice of assigning them as a Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor or Subscriber. Below is a simple chart to show you what each user role is allowed to do.

User Roles in WordPress

Note: Ryan Duff pointed out something that I should clarify here.

Under delete any published posts – for an Author, this means you can delete only your posts

Under edit and delete posts – for both an Author and a Contributor, they can, again, only delete their own posts.

You can follow Ryan on twitter at @ryanduff. Thanks Ryan!

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12 Responses to “WordPress User Roles, Who Can Do What?”

  1. Good post for those who may be considering/using multiple authors. I’ve added this to my WordPress Weekly I publish every Friday. Here’s an example http://wpresstic.com/wordpress-weekly-november-22nd-2013/

  2. Nice image Bob.

    I came here from Managewp.con but didn’t see a trackback from them.

  3. Hi Bob,

    I just added another author to my site, thanks for this post, the table was very helpful.

    Have a great day!
    Angelo

  4. super useful list, thanks!

  5. Is there a way to have non admin “View Site”? Don’t want client seeing most of control panel. Currently have Coming Soon plugin redirecting to splash page so client can’t currently see the preview site. And I have data base setup so can’t really move site to different directory for viewing. Thank You!

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