Howto Add a User

The WordPress dashboard allows you to easily add new users and have those users manage their own credentials (e-mail, password) without manual intervention. This takes a large burden off the backs of site managers.

There are currently 3 types of users: Members (countries and members of honour), Editors (board members, privileged people) and system administrators (webmaster). Only system administrators can add new system administrators and they will know how to.

Before adding a new user, make sure you have the following information:

  • the e-mail address of the recipient
  • the intended login name
  • first and last name

The login name cannot be changed after the user is created. If the login name is incorrect, remove the user and add a new user.

To add a new user, select the Users->Add New menu option from the left hand WordPress dashboard menu. This will take you to the page to add the user information.

In the respective fields, add the login name, e-mail address, first name and last name.

Then optionally select the WordPress language or leave it on site default. The site default is (British) English.

There is no need to generate a new password at this point. The user will receive a password reset link to set a new password themselves, so please do not create passwords in advance and share those by e-mail, paper, phone or anything.

Keep the ‘Send User Notification’ field checked unless you have a very good reason not to have the system send an e-mail.

Then select the proper primary and secondary roles. The primary roles are either ‘Member’ or ‘Editor’. The secondary roles are always ‘Subscriber’ and for Editors also ‘Member’. That is: Editors are also Members and Subscribers. Members are also Subscribers. Adding the Subscriber role makes it easier to manage viewing rights on content at other places.

At the bottom of the page, click the ‘Add new user’ button to finalise the process. The user will receive an e-mail notification