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Create or Copy WordPress User Roles

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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” link in your WordPress admin menu.
  • Find the “Create New Role” box.
  • Enter the name of your new role.
  • Click the “Create” button.
Create New Role
Create New Role
  • The screen will now reload and you can give this role the permissions you choose:
My New Role Permissions
My New Role Permissions

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” link in your WordPress admin menu.
  • Choose the role you want to copy in the “Select Role to View / Edit” box.
Copy Editor
Copy Editor
  • Go to the “Create New Role” box.
  • Enter the name of your new role.
  • Click “Copy”.
Editor Role
Editor Role
  • The screen will now reload and you can change the permissions for this new role:
Editor Duplicate
Editor Duplicate

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