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Creating new user accounts in WordPress

Creating a user

  1. Login to your website’s dashboard (e.g.
  2. Click on the Users tab to the left of the page, then click Add New. WordPress dashboard Add User
  3. Input the following under Add New User.
    1. Username: This is a required field, and the username can be whatever you like.
    2. Email: This is a required field, make sure it’s an email address you or the user have access to.
    3. Firstname: The user’s first name.
    4. Lastname: The user’s last name.
    5. Website: The user’s website, this is optional.
    6. Password: This will be generated for you, and can be changed later.
    7. Send User Notification: Optional – emails the user, letting them know their account has been created.
    8. Role: Set the user’s role, keep in mind that the different roles provide different user permissions.
  4. Click Add User.

User Roles and what they mean

When creating a user you can set a “role” for that user, which gives them different permissions when they login to the WordPress dashboard. Here is a list of the different roles and what they mean:

  • Administrator: Full access, this user can do anything they want once they’ve logged in
  • Editor: Can publish and manage posts, including the posts of other users
  • Author: Can publish and manage their own posts only
  • Contributor: Can write and manage their own posts, but cannot publish them
  • Subscriber: Can only manage their user profile


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