Understanding User Roles/Capabilites in WordPress

Posted on 02 February 2015 by biggerds

Each blog site offers a series of user levels that determine what tasks can be completed. This document outlines the specific role levels and capabilities for each role.


  • Read posts


  • All of subscriber capabilities
  • Edit own posts
  • Delete own posts
  • Write posts (must be moderated)


  • All of contributor capabilities
  • Publish posts
  • Upload files
  • Edit published posts
  • Delete published posts


  • All of author capabilities
  • Create / edit / delete private pages & posts
  • Create / edit / delete pages
  • Edit / delete all posts
  • Moderate comments
  • Manage categories
  • Manage links
  • Use unfiltered HTML


  • All of editor capabilities
  • Edit dashboard
  • Change themes
  • Update theme settings
  • Activate plugins
  • Change site settings
  • Edit uploaded files
  • Import / export site
  • Edit site users

For a more technical description of the user roles and capabilities in WordPress, visit the WordPress Codex.

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