How to Add a Super Admin to a WordPress Website

When you’re building a WordPress website that’ll need to handle admin tasks for a business, you’ll quickly run into the issue of not having enough people to handle these tasks. You can’t just leave it to the user base of your site to handle the back-end since there’s too much going on for them to be able to keep up. You’ll need to add some super admins!

In this tutorial, you’re going to learn how to add super admins to a WordPress website that you’ve created. By the end of it, you’ll have a team of people who can take care of everything from installing new themes to fixing broken links and handling backups.

The Need For Super Admins

One of the major issues with having a standard user base for WordPress is that they won’t have the knowledge or the interest to take care of certain tasks. For example, if you sell shoes and your user base is composed of people who are not interested in online marketing or blogging, you’re not going to end up with a team of people who can take care of the back-end of your website if something goes wrong. Or if you decide to add a small staff team and you need someone who has experience in setting up WordPress websites, you’re going to find it really difficult to find someone who has the time to learn on the job since you don’t have unlimited resources.

In order to avoid these issues, you need to add people who have the required knowledge and the interests to take care of your business’ backend. These are the people who can install new themes and plugins, fix broken links, and more importantly, they can take care of backing up your site’s content regularly.

How To Add Super Admins To A WordPress Website

In this section, you’re going to learn the steps required to add super admins to a WordPress website. If you have a team of people who you think could be helpful in handling your website’s admin tasks, this section will help you find the right solution for you.

Step One: Select A Username For The New Admin

The first thing you need to do is pick a username for the new admin. This will be the email address that they use to log in and the password that they use to log in. You can use a simple wordpress username for this, for example:

Even though your employees won’t see the actual email address, you should still feel free to use a different email address for your company’s communications.

Step Two: Create A New Admin User

After you’ve created a username for the new admin, you need to create a new user for them to log in with. You can use the Users screen in WordPress to easily create a new user. Just make sure that you pick a strong password for them.

While you’re at it, you can use the newly created user to set up a new admin account for your WordPress website. The advantage of this is that you don’t have to type in the same password over and over again. You can also click the Lock button on the right to make sure that no one else is logged in while you’re setting up the new user.

Step Three: Give The New Admin A Bit Of A Background Check

Before you give the new admin access to your WordPress website’s administration area, you should take the time to do a bit of research on them. You don’t want to hand over control of your website to someone who might harm it. Especially since you’re not going to be around to protect it from malicious actors.

This means that you need to do a quick internet search on them. Learn a bit about their work history and any previous customers that might have had bad experiences with them. You can also use the resources on your WordPress dashboard to learn more about these people.

Step Four: Add The New Admin To The WordPress Admin Group

Once you’ve completed the background check, you can add the new admin to the WordPress admin group. Simply go to Settings → Groups in WordPress and click the Add New Group button on the right.

From here, you’ll need to pick a group name and a description for your new group. Make sure that the group name is relevant to what the new member will be doing. For example, if you have a group for customers and you add a new admin who’s going to be handling customer requests, make sure that the group’s name isn’t customers since you don’t want to have different groups for different issues. In that case, you’d need to create a new group for customer support issues.

Once you’ve added the new admin to the WordPress admin group, you can give them the appropriate permissions for your website. You can do this from the Users screen in WordPress. Just hover over the profile image of the user and click on the gear icon on the right. From here, you can pick the permissions that you want to give them (shown below).

If you’d like, you can also add more than one new admin to your WordPress admin group. Just repeat the process and add more people. While you’re at it, you can rename the group from time to time to reflect any significant changes that you’ve made.