Guide WordPress User Roles: Admin, Editor, Author, Contributor & SEO

I have a writer to write in my niche and business blog. In my news site I’am hiring 100 writers but I don’t know how I choose their roles, 5 of them I already meet in person that’s why I have a trust on them to manage my niche and business.

WordPress User Roles

Whether it’s a new member, a part-time co-contributor, outsource worker or an audit person, by choosing the right role you decide what they do, manage and see on your site. With that in mind, there are eight main User Roles to choose from, depending on the level of permissions you want to give them.

8 Roles in WordPress User

  1. SEO Editor / SEO Manager
  2. Subscriber
  3. Contributor
  4. Author
  5. Editor
  6. Administrator
  7. No roles for this site

In this guide, we’ll explain them all in details.

SEO Editor and SEO Manager

Roles in Yoast SEO consist of one or more capabilities, like:

  • managing options (this gives you full access),
  • managing redirects,
  • editing advanced metadata,
  • access to the bulk editor.

The SEO editor, for instance, can now make redirects, but cannot change the settings of the plugin or access the advanced metadata editor of Yoast SEO. This way, the SEO editor has more access than a regular user, but less than the SEO manager who can manage settings as well. If you use a permission or role manager plugin for WordPress like Justin Tadlock’s excellent Members plugin, you get even more fine-grained control over the capabilities within Yoast SEO. This way, you can mix and match capabilities in any form you’d like.


The Subscriber is the most basic WordPress User Role you can assign to anyone. Also, it’s the default User Role WordPress labels anyone who’s new to your site. To whom this Role relates to? Just, it’s a user that can log in to your blog or website and leave a comment or make its profile. Basically, they are like subscribers to your blog and can update their profile, change a password, sign up for the newsletter, and that’s all. An entry level to your online kingdom, much like the followers on your Social Media accounts and Pages.


The Contributor is the next level user. Let’s say you have multiple community members who are contributing to articles, or you allow guest posting. This is the role you would assign to them. As a Contributor, WordPress User can write an article or blog post but cannot publish it, so they just put it in the draft for Editors or Admins to review it. The same goes for the Media Library. Contributors don’t have access to it so they’ll need Editor’s or Admin’s help. Also, they don’t have the permission to alter, approve or delete comments.

So, if you have irregular users who want to contribute to your website, assign them this role, and you’re good to go.


The Author is a User Role that comes with slightly more responsibility than the previous ones. If we were to compare it, we would say it’s a blogger role – where users can write, draft AND publish content, as well as have access to the media library. Naturally. Furthermore, Authors can even edit comments – but only of their own posts, not others. Apart from that, Authors don’t have access to pages or posts other User Roles created. Even more, they cannot create new Categories, add new plugins or change the theme or any different settings on the blog or website.

If you have a new associate or a co-worker, this is a WordPress User Role you’ll usually assign them to.


The Editor, as the name itself says, is a User Role responsible for creating and managing website’s content. Editors can create, edit and delete any content, both their own and someone else’s and they serve as the boss to all the previous WordPress User Roles. They manage all the edits, approves and schedules of the content submitted by other User Roles aka Authors and Contributors. The things Editors don’t have access to? General WordPress settings, Plugins and Widgets section nor they can add or delete any other Users. They stick to one thing, which is content. Just in case.


And finally, the most significant and most crucial User Role in WordPress. The Administrator Role refers to blog/website owners aka you. As an Administrator, you have access to all WordPress settings, features, and options possible. Moreover, you are responsible for all the previous User Roles.

Apart from you and a person you trust the most, the Administrator User Role is for your Web Developer since it’s the person who’s responsible for maintaining your site. Other than that, there’s no reason to flash around with the permissions to this most significant role.

Managing your site has never been easier

The SEO roles in Yoast SEO make it incredibly easy to give more people working on your site access to the features and settings they need, without granting them full access. Does your site editor need to edit advanced metadata? No? Block it in Yoast SEO. Does he or she need to manage redirects and do large-scale SEO optimizations with the bulk editor? Great, grant him or her access to these parts of the plugin. You can do this and more – all from the admin dashboard of Yoast SEO!

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