Create or Copy WordPress User Roles

The PublishPress Capabilities plugin allows you to add to the default roles available in WordPress. You can either create or copy the roles.


How to create new WordPress roles

Creating new user roles is easier if you are experienced with WordPress permissions. If you take this approach, the newly created role will have no permissions at all. You will need to assign even the most basic permissions to this role.

  • Go to the “Capabilities” then “Roles” links in your WordPress admin menu.
  • Find the “Add New” box.
Add New Role
Add New Role
  • Enter a name for your role into the “Role Name” field.
  • Click “Create Role”.
Create New Role
Create New Role

How to copy existing WordPress roles

This option is easier for people who are less experienced with WordPress permissions. This option allows you to make a new role that is very similar to an existing role. Here are details for the existing roles:

The next part of this guide will show you how to copy a role:

  • Go to the “Capabilities” then “Roles” links in your WordPress admin menu.
  • Click the “Copy” link under the role you want to duplicate.
Copy Author
Copy Author
  • Enter the name of your new role. In the image below, I'm copying the “Editor” role.
  • Click “Create Role”.
Copy Role
Copy Role

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