Top 11 Resources: WordPress User Management

As a website grows, so does the number of signed-in users that need to be managed, whether they are content editors, users on a corporate network, subscribers, or others. While WordPress provides a useful framework of user roles and capabilities, it comes with only basic functionality for managing those roles and allowing users to manage their user accounts. Specialized plugins have emerged that help WordPress editors and administrators manage a website's user base, and provide a more convenient user account interface for signed-in users. There are also well established best practices and guidelines on how best to manage large numbers of users on WordPress.

Below we have collected top resources that explain the WordPress built-in roles and capabilities functionality, plugins, and tools that help extend that functionality, and ways to create a custom-coded login and user management experience.

7 Plugins For Easier WordPress Multisite User Management

Getting your head around how user accounts work on WordPress multisite can be a little difficult not least because at times it seems to be counter-intuitive. In this article, I'll walk-through how a default installation of multisite handles users across a network and look at a number of plugins that will make managing users easier and more logical for you, your site owners and the users themselves.

Mastering WordPress Roles and Capabilities

User management on WordPress is based on roles and capabilities. A role is an entity made of a unique name and a set of capabilities. Each capability is used to define if the role has access to a particular feature of the platform. Let's take a closer look at how WordPress Roles and Capabilities work.

A Quick Primer to WordPress User Roles and Permissions

Brief description of the 5 default user roles in WordPress - Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor, Subscriber, and how to set up basic user access options.

10 WordPress Plugins To Improve User Management

WordPress user roles include administrator, author, contributor, subscriber and regular user. If you want to have improved control over user management, here are a few WordPress plugins that can help you alter, extend or change the capabilities for different roles in your website.

Improve Your WordPress Users System (In Just 3 Steps)

This article will cover three different steps you can take as administrators to improve your WordPress users system: install a user roles plugin, make your authors contactable, and utilize a front-end for writers.

20+ WordPress Plugins for Improved User Login and Registration

Your user registration and login pages are the gateway to your site, and certainly two areas where you want to impress. From making user registration an easier and smoother process to ensuring your branding reaches all aspects of your site, there is a plethora of plugins available to help you improve user experience.

Which Users Are Logged in to Your WordPress Website Now?

Many WordPress websites and blogs have become complex multi-user content management system (CMS) with hundreds and sometimes even thousands of users. We have seen some WordPress multisite network installations with 1000+ websites running on them. As a WordPress administrator, what are you doing to keep an eye on what is happening and who is logged in to your WordPress?

Working With Users Via The WordPress REST API

WordPress's robust user management system is an attributing factor to its overall success as a content management system. The WordPress REST API opens up a realm of new possibilities for this system, which makes WordPress a better, more powerful CMS. With the capabilities of the REST API, WordPress's user management can be leveraged in web applications.

WordPress: Replace Built-in User Authentication

There are WordPress filters that allow developers to hook into WordPress core actions, such as user authentication, registration, etc. and alter their logic. In this post I will show you how to replace WordPress’ built-in authentication with authentication based on a very simple web service (which we will also create).

Add Custom Fields to User Profile in WordPress

One of the reasons WordPress is so popular among users is that it provides us with a great user management system and ability to create multi-author blogs and publication platforms. However in some cases there is a necessity to expand the default user information, and add more fields to the user profile.

Building Your Own Front-End User Registration and Login in WordPress

This article explains how to build a custom registration and login system in WordPress including new user registration, existing uesr log in, lost password recovery, user profile pages, password change and log out. Please note that this article is meant for developers who want to understand how WordPress works (in regards of user account management), it’s not a drop-in code you can copy/paste on your site.

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