WiscWeb - WordPress UW Theme - Understanding User Roles

When adding new users to your site, it can be confusing as to what role to assign them. This document will define what the roles are and what they can do within a UW Theme website.

Before Starting

If you are looking to add users to your site, please refer to this document: WiscWeb - WordPress UW Theme - Adding a User 

User Roles

Below are the roles available within a WordPress UW Theme site, and their abilities. 

* Administrator

This role gives you the most control over your site, as it allows you to make certain changes within the Appearance --> Customize section, allows you to see and manipulate plugins within your site (Gravity Forms, for example), and most importantly add or remove users to your site.

* Editor

This role allows users to create, edit, delete, and publish content within your site. They do not have the ability to change certain sitewide settings within the Appearance --> Customize section, and have limited ability to use plugins as well. Editors cannot add or remove users from a site.

* Author

This role allows users to write, edit, and publish their own posts, as well as delete their own posts, even if they are published. When writing posts, Authors cannot create categories however they can choose from existing categories. An Author cannot view or edit pages, and they have no access to plugins within a site.

* Contributor

This role allows a user to create and edit their own posts, however they do not have the ability to publish. When a new post is created by a Contributor, they have an option to "Submit for Review," which will put the post in a state of Pending Review. An Administrator would then have a "Pending" option in their Posts list, and can then publish the post.
Contributor cannot view or edit pages, have no access to plugins within the site, and also have no access to the Media Library.

* Subscriber

This role allows users to log in to a site and make updates to their own profile, but cannot access any other elements within your site.

General Access by Role

The following table breaks down the rights awarded to each role in WiscWeb. The first row is the types of roles (starting with Administrator). The first column describes the types of things that role may be able to do. The 'x' denotes actions that the specific role can 
WiscWeb User Role Capabilities

  Administrator  Editor Author Contributor Subscriber
Read Site  x x x x x
Edit and Delete Posts  x x x x  
Publish Posts  x x x    
Edit and Delete Published Posts  x x x    
Publish and Delete Pages  x x      
Edit Others' Post and Pages  x x      
Delete Others' Posts and Pages  x x      
Read, Edit, & Delete Private Pages  x x      
Manage Plugins  x        
Create Users  x        
Edit Dashboard  x        
Add or Update the "Front Page" x
Update Site Title x
Update Site Tagline x
Update Site Icon x

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Keywords:add remove update administrator editor contributor author subscriber customize   Doc ID:87347
Owner:Matt G.Group:WiscWeb CMS
Created:2018-10-30 12:55 CDTUpdated:2021-11-29 12:45 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, WiscWeb CMS
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