[Handout] What’s the difference between WordPress user roles?

I’d battled this question long enough without a good answer. I know there is documentation out there that spells this out easily, I just needed something verbal and visual that I understood to get it all to make sense for me. I could never remember who had the ability to publish posts or who had the ability to add a plugin. So, I went ahead and created something that made sense for me in my classroom.

I took the five WordPress user levels (Subscriber, Contributor, Author, Editor and Administrator) and made a handout with descriptions of each and screenshots of what each user level can see on the backend. After a few years I think I have things straight now. Hope you can find the handout useful as well.

Download the WordPress User Handout by clicking here

Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 26th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He is the 2023 JEA Teacher Inspiration Award Winner and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook "Student Journalism and Media Literacy." You can find him on X and Instagram @manfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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