As a great user management system, WordPress makes it much easier to run a multi-author website. Though giving other users the access to the backend of WordPress may sound risky, you can set up different user roles and privileges to govern your own website.
In this beginners’ guide, we will have an overview of the WordPress user profiles and meanwhile teach you how to create and manage them to create a website with multiple users. Note that, a cool plugin called as Cimy User Extra Fields is instanced to add additional user profile fields.
How to Create & Manage User Profiles in WordPress?
Setting up user profiles in WordPress can not only establish the identity of each user, but also create specific capabilities and privileges for contributors. Often times, there will be at least one user on a fresh installation of WordPress, and you should firstly customize such an “Admin Role” before displaying it for your readers.
Customize Your Own User Profile
To do so, log onto your WordPress dashboard and then go to “Users” > “Your Profile” from the left-side menu sidebar. On this “Profile” page, you will be displayed with an abundance of options, which can be sorted into three categories as follows.
- Personal Options – is where to edit essential preferences for the back end of WordPress. It is possible to pick out an “Admin Color Scheme” and decide whether or not enable/disable “Visual Editor”, “Keyboard Shortcuts” and “Toolbar” in one go.
- Name – is where to enter your “First Name” and “Last Name”. It’s a good practice to use an abbreviated “Nickname” and define what will be displayed publicly via this “Display Name Publicly as” section. Usually the “Username” cannot be changed.
- About Yourself – is where to write up a little biographical information and set “New Password” for yourself. This author biography is always put at the end of each post. Do press “Update Profile” to save changes.
Add New User Accounts
Any users of WordPress can have their own profiles, and you also have a set of options to consider when adding a brand-new user. Simply jump into “Users” > “Add New” and you will be prompted to enter some required information, such as “Username”, “E-mail”, “Password” and “Repeat Password”. Beware that, the user password can be sent to the filled-in email address.
In the “Role” drop-down list, there are total five pre-defined roles, each with different capabilities:
- Administrator – can have all administrative settings and features within one single site.
- Subscriber – can only create and manage their own profiles but not write blog posts.
- Contributor – can write and edit their posts but couldn’t publish any posts.
- Editor – can manage and publish all posts/pages of all users.
- Author – can manage and even publish posts of their own.
Note also that, there is a “Super Admin” role on a multisite network, and your website will have more than one “Administrator” role if you set multiple users with the same role. More information about what user role can do is available from the WordPress codex page.
How to Display Additional User Profile Fields on Your WordPress Site?
Displaying additional user profile fields is a great way to get more subscribers and boost social engagement. The aforementioned “Cimy User Extra Fields” empowers you to create various user profile and registration fields in a handy way.
Given that you’ve installed and activated this plugin, a new field form can be made at the bottom of this “Cimy User Extra Fields” page. The beauty of this WP plugin is that you can add advanced user profile and registration fields by providing “Name”, “Value”, “Label” and “Description”. Also, choose a field “Type” that takes your fancy.
Remember to specify the “Rules” for this field before pressing this “Add Field” button.
Alternatively, you can choose to create and edit user profile fields via another intuitive interface located at “Users” > “Users Extended”. This allows you to update all existing profile fields and delete unneeded ones within a few clicks.