How to Add a New User to WordPress

Adding a new user to WordPress allows someone else to login. This is useful if you want another person to help run your WordPress website or need technical support from your web hosting company or web developer.

Step 1.
Once you have logged into your WordPress Dashboard scroll down to ‘Users’ and then select ‘Add New’

WordPress Users Menu

Step 2.
Complete the form. Here are a few hints

Username – use something random i.e. not their email. Google ‘Username Generators‘ to start.

Password – let WordPress generate a complicated password for you. Do not send this by email!
If the person you are adding if not local to you get them to do a password reset on the login page when they first login.

User details form when adding a new user in WordPress

Step 3.
Select the Role you want to give the new user. Here is a summary of what each one can do:

Administrator – somebody who has access to all the administration features within a single site.
Editor – somebody who can publish and manage posts including the posts of other users.
Author – somebody who can publish and manage their own posts.
Contributor – somebody who can write and manage their own posts but cannot publish them.
Subscriber – somebody who can only manage their profile.

From https://wordpress.org/support/article/roles-and-capabilities/

Role dropdown when adding a new user in WordPress

Step 4.
Click the ‘Add New User’ button and the user will now be created and notified if you selected that option.