Adding a new user in WordPress

Adding a new user in WordPress is very simple. You will need to be able to login to your WordPress dashboard and you will need to have create_user permissions. These are usually reserved for users with the Administrator role.

Step 1 – Login

Login to Your WordPress Dashboard.
  • How to: How to Login to your WordPress Website
  • Step 2 – Select the User Menu

    Select ‘Users’ from the left hand menu, followed by Add New. There are a number of places where you can select Add New, two of them are shown in the screen shot below

    Step 3 – Fill in user details

    As a minimum you need to provide a username and an email address.

    You may optionally add first name, last name and website. WordPress will choose a strong password automatically, but you can change this by clicking on the Show Password button.

    Tick the box to send a notification to the user.

    Finally, select the user’s role. If you are adding someone to assist with your website management (eg a member of Watch the Dot support) you should select Administrator. If you are adding someone to assist with content posting, then Editor would probably be sufficient.

    Step 4 – Click Add User

    Once you have filled in all the information, you can select Add New User button.

    You will be returned to the All Users page and you should see a notification that the user has been added. The new user should shortly receive an email advising of their new password.

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    Article published 21st July 2017
    Last modified 02nd November 2023