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What is the create_users permission in WordPress?

The create_users permission allows you to create accounts for other WordPress users.

If you have the create_users permission, you will see the “Add New” button on the WordPress “Users” screen:

Important things to know about create_users

There are three important things to know about the create_users permission.

First, to work effectively, the create_users permission also requires the list_users and edit_users permissions.

Second, don't confuse the create_users permission with add_users. The add_users permission was retired in 2015. You should use create_users instead.

Third, if you have the create_users permission, you will be able to create users in ANY role. So users in the lowest “Subscriber” role will be able to create accounts for the highest “Administrator” role. Fortunately, both Capability Manager Enhanced and PressPermit Pro will block this from happening. So unless you want Subscribers to be creating Administrators, I highly recommend installing one of those two plugins if you want to use create_users. Click here for more details on this security feature.

Who has the create_users permission?

The create_users permission is available on single WordPress sites and on multisite networks.

By default, the create_users permission is only given to Super Users, and Administrators.

Users not in these roles are not allowed to create new user accounts on a WordPress site.

How can you control who has the create_users permission?

You can control who has the create_users permission by installing the Capability Manager Enhanced plugin.

The Capability Manager Enhanced plugin for WordPress
  • After installing Capability Manager Enhanced, go to Users > Capabilities.
  • Check or uncheck the “create users” box in the “Other WordPress Core Capabilities” area.
create_users permission in WordPress

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