Adding a user

There are two types of authors from the Molongui Authorship perspective: registered users and guest authors. Main difference between both being that registered users has login access to your Dashboard, which means they can log in an edit their profile and post contents. Guest authors are something like tags: you create them and then add them to posts.

To add a new author on your WordPress site, simply click on Users » Add New and fill out the form.

First you need to provide a username, use something that is easy to remember for the user you are adding. They will need to remember the username to login. A good strategy is to use the first letter of user’s first name with their last name. For example, jdoe, pgriffin, etc.

Next you need to enter the user’s email address. Double check the email address, as users will need this in order to reset their passwords, or to receive email notifications.

You can enter first name, last name, and website information. However, these fields are optional and users can edit their profiles to fill in those fields.

The next item in the form is to choose a password. You must use a strong password. We recommend using an online strong password generator for this purpose. Below the password fields, you will see a checkbox which you can check to send the password to the user via email. The users will receive their login information on the email address you entered above.

The last option on the page is to choose user role. Each user role comes with different set of capabilities. Subscriber is the least powerful role, and administrator or network admin is the most powerful role.

If you just want to allow a user to add posts, and edit only their own posts, then you can use the contributor user role. Users with the contributor user role can write posts but cannot publish them. They cannot edit other user’s posts and cannot access other admin screens like plugins, themes, settings, tools, etc.

On the other hand, if you want to allow someone to not just add posts but also publish them, then author user role is perfect for that situation. Users with the author user role can add, edit, and publish their own posts.

Updated on February 5, 2022

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