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Getting Started with WordPress: Creating a User

A. Access the WordPress Dashboard #

  1. Navigate to your WordPress website by typing in your domain name followed by /wp-admin. For example: https://yourdomainname.com/wp-admin.
  2. Enter your administrator username and password.
  3. Click on “Log In”.

B. Navigate to the Users Section #

  1. Once inside the WordPress Dashboard, look for the “Users” menu on the left-hand side.
  2. Hover over “Users” and click on “Add New”.

C. Adding a New User #

  1. Fill out the user information:
    • Username: Choose a unique username for the user.
    • Email: Provide the email address for the user.
    • First Name & Last Name: These are optional but can help personalize the user’s experience.
    • Website: This is optional and can be the user’s personal website or blog.
  2. Choose a strong password:
    • WordPress will suggest a strong password by default, but you can click on “Show password” to see it or to change it.
    • Make sure to note down or remember the password, especially if you change the default.
  3. Select a role for the new user:
    • Subscriber: Can only manage their profile.
    • Contributor: Can write and manage their posts but cannot publish them.
    • Author: Can write, manage, and publish their own posts.
    • Editor: Can manage and publish posts, including the ones written by others.
    • Administrator: Has access to all the administrative features.
  4. (Optional) Fill out other details such as:
    • Biographical Info: A brief about the user which may be displayed on an “About” page or below their posts.
    • Profile Picture: Some themes support displaying a profile picture which can be set via Gravatar using the user’s email.
  5. Once you’ve filled out the necessary details, click on “Add New User”.

D. Confirmation and Next Steps #

  1. Once added, the new user will appear in the “Users” list.
  2. If the new user role requires, give them their login details (username and password) so they can access the WordPress Dashboard.
  3. For added security, advise them to change their password upon their first login.

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