21 Days to a WordPress Blog: Day 4: Adding Users

Whether you need a simple site for your business, want to start a blog or just want to try building a WordPress website, you’ll learn all the basics in these daily lessons. In three weeks—and about 30 minutes a day—you’ll build your first WordPress blog.

When you signed up for WordPress, you should’ve created a difficult-to-guess username and password. WordPress is a very secure and reliable framework, but it’s common for hackers or malicious coders to attempt to access sites with default login information. 

In order to change user settings or create a new username, go do your dashboard. On the left hand main navigation menu, nearly all the way down, you’ll see Users. We are going to create a new Adminstrator account to experiment with, so click Add New.

add new user in wordpress, wordpress new users

When you’re creating an admin account, you want to choose a username that isn’t easy to guess and a complex password. An email address is required and can’t be duplicated, so you have to use a different one than what you used to create the WordPress account. Under Role, choose Administrator and click Add New User at the bottom.

Go back to Users and click All Users—we’re going to edit the role of the admin username to make it a subscriber. To do this, scroll down to Role under Username and select Subscriber from the dropdown menu. Then go to the bottom of the screen and click Update User. Now the account won’t have access to change site data or settings.

edit an existing user in wordpress, wordpress user roles

The last step for today is to create a display name. Head back to All Users and select your user account to edit your profile. Once in the edit user screen, you can Add a First Name, Last Name and Nickname. Once you fill in this information, the “Display name publicly as” dropdown will fill up with options for you to choose from. Click Update User, and you’re done. You can come back and modify these settings or add and remove users any time you like.

Tomorrow: Choosing a theme


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One thought on “21 Days to a WordPress Blog: Day 4: Adding Users

  1. manuelperryman

    Thanks for sharing the helpful tutorial. WordPress is the easiest content management system to build website or blog. Beginners can set up their own website with the help of tutorials as you have mentioned above or highlighted in Buildsitenow . Simple and easier platform that presents thousands of free as well as premium themes and plug-ins to add different features and give unique design to a website.

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