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Users can be added to your Expressions site to they can contribute to your website. Users can be added under different roles, determining how much they are able to add, change, and delete on your Expressions site.



An administrator has full and complete ownership of a website, and can do absolutely everything. This person has complete power over posts/pages, comments, settings, themes, plugins, import, users – everything. Nothing is off-limits, including deleting everything.


An editor can view, edit, publish, and delete any posts/pages, moderate comments, manage categories, manage tags, manage links and upload files/images.


An author can edit, publish and delete their posts, as well as upload files/images.


A contributor can edit their posts but cannot publish them. When a contributor creates a post, it will need to be submitted to an administrator for review. Once a contributor’s post is approved by an administrator and published, however, it may no longer be edited by the contributor.

A contributor does not have the ability to upload files/images.


In your comment settings, if you’ve selected “Users must be registered and logged in to comment”, once they have created an account, they will be given subscriber role. Subscribers only have the ability to leave comments.

Adding New SU Users

Syracuse University members with a NetID can easily be added to your Expressions site.

  1. Login to your Expressions site and go to the Dashboard.
  2. Click on Users.
  3. Click on Add New SU User.
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  4. Click on Add New.
  5. Enter in the SU user's NetID. Their name should appear below their NetID.
    1. If the person's NetID does not appear, click in the grey area - the person's name should appear.
  6. Specify the user's Role.
  7. Click Add User.

Adding New Users

Any non-Syracuse University user (someone without a NetID) can also be added to your Expressions site.

  1. Login to your Expressions site and go to the Dashboard.
  2. Click on Users.
  3. Click on Add New.
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  4. Enter in the following information
    1. Username (required)
    2. Email (required)
    3. First Name
    4. Last Name
    5. Website
    6. Password (required)
    7. Repeat Password (required)
  5. Specify the user's Role.
  6. Click Add New User.

Changing User Roles

As an Administrator of a site, you can change other users’ roles.

  1. Go to Users and click on All Users.
  2. Check the box(es) next to the name of the user(s).
  3. Using the Change role to... dropdown menu, select the new user role(s) you want to assign.
  4. Click Change.

Additional Resources

Wordpress Roles