User privilege levels

When you become registered with a WordPress site, you create a user name, a password and a small profile. You are also assigned a user role that in turn defines what privileges you have in the site.

Privilege levels range everywhere from simply being able to read content to being able to publish comments, posts, even edit other people’s work. There are five user levels in WordPress, and this table gives a brief summary:

User Role Privileges
Administrator Editor privileges plus manage users, change and edit site presentation, edit users, activate and edit plugins, import, edit files, manage options
Editor Author privileges, plus change other persons’ posts, edit pages, manage links & categories, moderate posts, publish unfiltered html
Author Contributor privileges, plus publish posts without intervention, may upload files
Contributor Subscriber privileges, plus can submit posts for approval, can edit own posts
Subscriber Can read content in site, edit own profile

A more complete description of privileges assigned to user levels may be found in the self-hosted  WordPress website.

Our policy for the AEJMC Network is to allow one person per site at any given time to have the role of “Administrator.” As you can see from the privileges table, an “Author” can post material without intervention and can upload files. An “Editor” has pretty much total control of all content in your site but is not able to change your site’s theme or plugins.

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