WordPress Roles and Capabilities


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WordPress comes with a standard set of roles and capabilities e.g.

  • Super Admin ( only applies to multi-site networks )
  • Administrator
  • Editor
  • Author
  • Contributor
  • Subscriber

These roles are described here https://codex.wordpress.org/Roles_and_Capabilities

However these are only the default, and can easily be customised to meet virtually any requirement.

Traditionally this has been a programming task, and many plugins  will add new role definitions e.g. membership plugins will add members,  e-commerce plugins will add purchasers etc.

If you are a PHP coder you will find the necessary functions in the codex e.g. add_role() https://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/add_role

However, there is no need to go down this route if you don’t want to as there are several plugins that add a User Interface to WordPress roles & capability functionality.

My preferred plugin is called Members  – see https://wordpress.org/plugins/members/

as it is easy to use and comprehensive in features

 


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