How to create new users on your WordPress website

Creating new users on your WordPress website is useful if you ever need someone else to work on your website. Creating a new account gives you the flexibility to remove it when it’s no longer needed, and doesn’t then require you to give this person your password. And of course, creating a new account is necessary if you ever want to have other people write for your blog. It can also come in handy for a few security purposes, such as publishing posts using a non-Adminstrator account. So to learn how to create new users on your WordPress blog, keep reading.

To create a new WordPress user

  • Select Users > Add New
Wordpress Create a new user account

Select Users > Add New from the main menu in the WordPress admin.

  • On the Add New User page, enter the following information:
Create a new user in WordPress using the Admin

Enter information about the new user account.

Make sure to choose a strong password (one that contains uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters). The strength of the password displays below the text input fields where you type it.

Select the appropriate user role for the new user. If they are only going to write articles, choose Author or Contributor. If they are a web designer or developer helping you build or change your website, they will need an Administrator role.

  • Click Add New User to create the new account.
Create a new user in the WordPress Admin

Click this to create the new account, and optionally send an email to the new user.

If you selected the option to send the new user an email, it will send at this time. The message contains the new users’ login credentials (username and password).

Author Jen deHaan

Jen deHaan is a freelance graphic and web designer, fascinated with great layout and usability. She has been working in the software industry since 2001, and has held positions with Macromedia, Adobe, and Motorola in the Silicon Valley area near San Francisco. Jen has written and contributed to over 20 print publications on web design that have been published by Peachpit, Adobe Press, and Wiley. She now lives on a farm with her family and dogs in central Vancouver Island, Canada.

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