How to Add Administrators to a WordPress Website

WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems (CMS) used by bloggers all over the world. In case you’re curious, here are some amazing stats:

  • Over 60 million users (stat from May 2021)
  • Over 500 million site views per month (Statista, 2020)
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  • 10+ billion pageviews per year (Statista, 2021)
  • 24/7 customer support (Hootsuite)
  • One of the most popular content management systems

WordPress has a very intuitive user interface that makes it very easy to use even for beginners. The system is also very flexible and allows you to build any type of website that you can think of. In case you’re new to the platform, let’s take a quick look at how you can add administrators to a WordPress website.

Add WordPress Administrators Using the Add New User Screen

The first thing you’ll want to do is navigate to your WordPress dashboard. If you’re on a desktop computer, you can find the WordPress dashboard by launching the Safari browser and going to localhost (or and logging in with the credentials you have set up.

If you’re on a phone or tablet, you should be able to navigate to your WordPress Dashboard by simply typing in localhost (or in the address bar at the top of your browser.

You’ll see the main dashboard area, which is where you’ll find all the tools and features you need to manage and grow your WordPress website. If you’re looking for a quick tutorial on how to use WordPress, check out these How to Use WordPress tutorials. Once you’re on the dashboard, you can click on the three stacked lines at the top right corner to navigate to the Add New User screen. From here, you can add new users with administrative privileges to your WordPress website.

User Interface Explanation

When you’re on the Add New User screen, you’ll see a few fields at the top followed by the Add User button. Essentially, these are the four steps you need to follow to add a new user:

  • Login
  • E-mail
  • Password
  • Confirm Password

If you’ve ever used a standard e-mail program, you’ll find this part of the process very easy. Just enter the e-mail address of the person you want to add and then click Next Step. You’ll be taken to the Verify E-mail Address screen, where you can verify the e-mail address you’ve entered is, in fact, valid. Once you’ve done that, hit Next Step to continue to the last step of the process.

Adding Users As An Administrator

In case you want to add a user with administrator privileges without having to become an administrator yourself, you can click on the Add New User button to reach the Add User screen. At this point, the process is the same as when you’re adding a standard user with administrative privileges. The only difference is that, when you reach the last step, you’ll see an option labeled Grant Administrator with a drop-down menu containing all the users you’ve created. From here, you can select the user you want to add to the WordPress website and then click Save Changes to complete the process. You’ll now have that user added as an administrator to your WordPress website.

More On Adding Administrators

If you want to learn more about adding users with administrator privileges to a WordPress website, check out this detailed documentation. In case you want to review the information from the perspective of a WordPress beginner, here’s a quick overview: