A friend asked me to explain what the different user roles in WordPress 2.7 were capable of and what permissions they had.
I decided to post my findings here so everyone can benefit.
Here’s a simple list:
from Hippo Web Solutions
By default there are five Roles, each of which has progressively more power:
Capabilities represent the various tasks that you can perform given a particular role:
- publishing, editing, and deleting posts and pages
- moderating comments
- managing users
- managing themes and plugins
Here’s what the authors of the WordPress Codex have to say about version 2.0 (couldn’t find anything more up-to-date in the Codex):
Summary of Roles
- Administrator – Somebody who has access to all the administration features
- EditorÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â – Somebody who can publish posts, manage posts as well as manage
other people’s posts, etc.
- AuthorÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â – Somebody who can publish and manage their own posts
- Contributor Â Â – Somebody who can write and manage their posts but not publish posts
- Subscriber Â Â Â – Somebody who can read comments/comment/receive news letters, etc.