WordPress has five built-in user roles. Each has a set of capabilities (or permissions). They are:

Administrators can do anything in the WordPress administration area: write, edit, and delete posts, pages, links, and comments; upload media files of any type; import content; manage the Dashboard; create, edit, and delete other users; enable and configure plugins and themes; change the site's theme; and manage all the available options.

Editors can publish, edit, and delete posts and pages written by any user. They can upload some kinds of files, and they can write HTML without restrictions. They can manage links and categories, and they can moderate comments. Editors and administrators are also the only users allowed to read private posts and pages.

Authors can publish, edit, and delete their own posts. They cannot write pages. They can upload some kinds of media files, and they are allowed to use only the limited set of HTML tags shown in Listing 10-1.

Contributors can write their own posts but may not publish or delete them. Their HTML is limited to the set of allowed tags and they cannot upload media files.

Subscribers can manage their own profiles, but can do virtually nothing else in the administration area.

Visit for a detailed list of all the capabilities assigned to each role.

Features that are not available to users will not appear in their administration screens. See Figure 10-6, where the navigation menu is fully expanded to show the options available to authors.

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Figure 10-6. The Dashboard as it appears to an author

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