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WordPress User Roles


WordPress uses a concept of Roles, designed to give the blog owner the ability to control and assign what users can and cannot do in the blog. A blog owner can manage and allow access to such functions as writing and editing posts, creating pages, defining links,creating categories, moderating comments, managing plugins, and managing other users.

There are five main user roles within WordPress:
Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor and Subscriber.

When users are created in the realsmartcloud, default roles are automatically assigned:

  • realsmart admin → WordPress Administrator
  • realsmart mentor → WordPress Contributor
  • realsmart learner → WordPress Subscriber
  • realsmart observer → WordPress Subscriber
  • realsmart governor → WordPress Subscriber


These roles can be changed in the WordPress Admin area by administrators. Users are created automatically when they log in for the first time.

WordPress Administrator
  • Complete access to WordPress Admin
  • Add / edit / approve / reject and delete posts and pages, regardless of who created them
  • Activate / deactivate plugins
  • Manage main site settings (discussions, media paths etc) Note: Administrator access should only be assigned to trusted individuals!
  • Can modify own profile
WordPress Editor
  • Complete access to WordPress content (posts, pages etc)
  • Add / edit / approve / reject and delete posts and pages, regardless of who created them
  • Comment administration
WordPress Author
  • Can write / edit / publish posts they created
WordPress Contributor
  • Create posts but cannot publish them – posts need to be approved by an Editor or Administrator
WordPress Subscriber
  • Can log in to write comments
  • Can modify own profile
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