Rename WordPress User Roles

The PublishPress Capabilities plugin allows you to rename any existing user roles on your WordPress site.

You may want to do this because the default WordPress roles have names that are not always very clear (Subscriber, Contributor, Author, Editor, Administrator).

Please note: one or two plugins such as bbPress do not use the normal WordPress approach for user roles. Those plugins may require different ways to rename their roles.

Video guide to renaming roles

Text guide to renaming roles

  • After installing the plugin, go to “Capabilities” in your WordPress admin menu.
  • In the top-left corner, select the role you want to rename:
  • Enter the new name for the role into the “Rename Role” box.
  • Click “Rename”.
  • You will now see a message that the role was renamed:

You may need to refresh your screen before your new role name appears in dropdown menus and other areas.

Limits to renaming roles

Please also note that is a visual change, but WordPress will continue to use the old name of the role for some behind-the-scenes tasks. For example, PublishPress Capabilities will continue to load the “Author Renamed” permissions at this URL:


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