WordPress Updates

Periodically, you are going to want to update various portions of your WordPress website. WordPress is constantly updating plugins, themes, widgets, etc. To access these updates, go to the “Home” section below Dashboard and click ‘Updates‘.

WordPress Updates

WordPress will display all available updates on this page. As you can see in the image below, there are various plugin updates. To update these plugins, check the box next to the plugins you want updated, then click ‘Update Plugins‘ (either above or below). You can also check the ‘Select All‘ box to update all your plugins. Refresh the list of updates by clicking ‘Check Again‘, toward the top of the page.

WordPress Updates Plugins

Same method applies for updating themes. Check the box on any of the themes that you would like updated, then click ‘Update Themes‘.

WordPress Updates Themes

Adding Users

On any WordPress website you create there are user roles that vary in authority and limitations. View the various user roles below:

  • Administrator – retains the most power, there are no limitations for this role. When you create a WordPress website, you automatically become an administrator. Before assigning another person to administrator, make sure you are comfortable with them having complete control over your website.
  • Editor – has full access to editing the content within your website. An editor cannot adjust your site settings, install new themes or plugins, or add new users to your website.
  • Author – strictly allows you to only create, edit, publish and delete your own posts. An author is not granted access to modify other’s posts.
  • Contributor – has pretty limited access. A contributor can only create and edit their own posts. Once finished with a post, they must then contact the administrator for approval (The administrator has final say in whether or not the post is published). Contributors cannot add media.
  • Subscriber – only has access to their own user profiles. This type of user is typically only utilized if you require someone to sign in to read a certain post or add a comment. It is geared towards the visitors of your website.

To add users to your website, click ‘Users‘ on the left side menu of WordPress.


Once you arrive at the “Users” page, all user roles will be displayed. As you can see in the image below, there is only one user, which is michaelg. Below “Role”, it shows that michaelg is an administrator. If you have many users on your website, you can search by entering the username, name, or email in the space provided, then clicking ‘Search Users‘. Add a new user by clicking ‘Add New‘.

Users 2

It is required that you create a username and input the user’s email in the spaces provided. You also have the option of entering the user’s first and last name, as well as the website that they are affiliated with. You may view the random password that has been generated for the account or input a new one by clicking ‘Show password‘ (They will be able to create their own password once they gain access to their account). Check the box next to ‘Send User Notification‘ if you would like the user to receive an email in regards to their new account and allow them to create their own password. Select which type of role you want to assign to your new user by clicking on the dropbox next to “Role”. Once you have finished, simply click ‘Add New User‘ to complete the process.

Add New User

As you can see in the image below, I have added a new user “Mike”, and if I hover over the user name, I have the option of editing or deleting the user profile.

New Users

If you checked the box that notifies the user of their new account, they should receive an email within the next few minutes that looks like the screenshot below. The user is provided two links. The first link allows them to choose their desired password, the second just brings them to their WordPress login.

User Email

When setting your password, you are provided with a computer generated password that is considered “strong”, which protects you more from potential hacking. You also have the option of just entering your own password if you prefer. Once you are content with your new password, click ‘Reset Password‘.

User Password

Screen Options

You can adjust the display of the pages within your WordPress account by clicking ‘Screen Options‘, located towards the top of each page of WordPress. You will then be presented with several boxes that you can check or uncheck whether or not you would like to see those items displayed. If at anytime during this guide you do not see items displayed that are in certain screenshots, simply adjust the Screen Options so that you can view the desired items. (The Screenshot below shows the Screen Options for the WordPress Dashboard, but you can adjust different Screen Options for other sections of WordPress such as Posts, Pages, Comments, etc.)

Screen Options














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