Knowing what user role to assign to your WordPress users is very important, not just from a security point of view but also from a content aspect.
There are 5 default user roles by default:
Has access to all administrative options and features. Keep the number of administrators to a small number of trusted people.
Can manage and publish posts. Traditionally, editors review posts submitted by contributors and then schedule them for review. Think of this role as a manager of your writing team.
Can publish their own posts when they wish. You can treat this role as a trusted user who will be able to publish content to the site without the need for permission.
Can write posts but cannot publish them. Instead, they need to submit their posts for review. You should consider this role when you have a team of writers that you look after and moderate their work.
Has basic functionality such as changing their profile and leaving comments. This is perfect for your basic site user that doesn’t need access to any publishing/admin tools.
If you want to add more roles to your WordPress install then there is a handy role manager that can help, the User Role Editor. The editor allows you to completely customise every permission of a user role. If you are new to WordPress then it is best to stick with the default roles to be on the safe side.
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