What are WordPress Roles

If you use WordPress, what you can do with a website is controlled by the user role that you have. There are five primary WordPress roles and the sixth role for owners of multiple sites.

The five top roles are a subscriber, contributor, author, editor, and administrator. The sixth role is referred to as super admin.

Primary WordPress Roles


It is very easy to be a subscriber to WordPress, and this is one of the best options if you are simply interested in looking at blogs and commenting. It also is good if you are an advertiser. It supports Mail Chimp and Aweber, which are great email advertisement delivery systems.

WordPress Contributor:

The contributor is great if you are a content writer for a page. However, it doesn’t have the same level of privileges as being an author. While it is possible to add tags, you cannot publish content. You can post or edit content, but it hasn’t been published. For many people, there may be copyright concerns that come into play. You are somewhat limited in what you can write. You have to choose from a list of content options.

WordPress Author:

If you are a WordPress author, you have the ability to publish content you write! This is great for well established content writers. It is possible for a WordPress Author to be able to delete their content. However, you are still limited to certain categories to write about.

WordPress Editor:

If you are a WordPress editor, you can have quite a lot of control over a site. If arguments and unsavory comments begin to crop up in the blog, you can get rid of them with ease. You also can get rid of any posts on your website. The only limitations of WordPress editors are that it isn’t possible to change the theme, settings, or plugins of the website.

WordPress Administrators:

This is the highest WordPress role there is for a single site. If you are an administrator, you have a full range of administrative privileges. Administrators can alter the content of the website in any way they see fit, and they can lock out others if need be. If you own a website, be extremely careful because administrators can lock out other administrators. Super Administrators can add and delete websites in a WordPress network. They also have a full range of administrative privileges with the multi-site WordPress network. This role is critical if you own multiple websites.