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Setting up users

From: Dreamweaver and WordPress: Core Concepts

Video: Setting up users

One of the greatest benefits to working with WordPress is its ability to handle multiple users. Not only is it set up to allow any number of users to work on entering and editing content, there are built-in roles that can control who can do what. So I'm going to expand the Users category that you see here, and besides your own profile you also see a list of all users which in our case is just the one, and of course you can always add new users. A typical situation that might come into play is when you hand the site over to a client.

Setting up users

One of the greatest benefits to working with WordPress is its ability to handle multiple users. Not only is it set up to allow any number of users to work on entering and editing content, there are built-in roles that can control who can do what. So I'm going to expand the Users category that you see here, and besides your own profile you also see a list of all users which in our case is just the one, and of course you can always add new users. A typical situation that might come into play is when you hand the site over to a client.

So I'm going to go ahead and add in a new user, and I can choose Add New from the top here or from the navigation over on the left and start filling out the new User Form. So our fictional client, we'll give her name of Debra and call here deb@client.com, her name of course is Debra Client. We can leave the website blank, or you can fill that, not really necessary. We have to put in a Password. The next option is very handy, especially if you're setting up a lot of users. You can establish temporary passwords for them themselves and then send it to the new user by email by selecting this box.

Now since that email address is not real, I'm going to go head and deselect the Send the password. But I find that a really helpful option. And then the next thing, selecting the Role for that particular user. The default Role as set up in the general settings is Subscriber. You can change that and make the default Role Contributor if you're adding a number of contributors to your client's website. There are in all five different roles each with different capabilities. Even though the Subscriber is at the top of the list, it's really at the bottom of the totem pole in terms of what they can do so they can basically just read the site.

Let's setup Deb Client as Administrator and click Add New User. That will take us back to the initial list. You'll notice up here the two link options, there's one for All for showing all users and one for Administrators. If I were to change Debra here from Administrator to let's say Editor--and I'm in her profile at this point--and then go back to users, you'll see that not only is it updated in the listings here, but it's also Updated up top here, so I can quickly shift to show just my Editors or just my Administrators.

One other thing that you should be aware of is once you set up your additional user, you might want to go back into your Post, especially if you've had the responsibility for adding in the content as you're developing the site. And what you might want to do is to go in and do a Quick Edit for a particular Post and change the Author. Now originally, you only have the administrator Author, but the more users you add, the more options you'll have for Authors. So I can now change this to Debra, and if there were on the site someplace where we had a byline and that information was made public, her name would then appear on the site.

For many situations, the default user functionality is often enough. But if you need more control over who can see your content, you'll probably need to bring in a plug-in, and we'll look at that in the next lesson.

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Dreamweaver and WordPress: Core Concepts

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  1. 4m 7s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 54s
    3. A word about updates
      1m 15s
  2. 15m 28s
    1. Overview
      1m 51s
    2. Creating the database and the initial site
      3m 45s
    3. Configuring WordPress
      5m 54s
    4. Establishing a Dreamweaver site
      3m 58s
  3. 20m 18s
    1. Accessing dynamically related files
      4m 12s
    2. Filtering files
      4m 20s
    3. Following links
      4m 15s
    4. Employing Live Code
      2m 54s
    5. Enabling site-specific code hinting
      4m 37s
  4. 21m 8s
    1. Adding blog posts
      4m 55s
    2. Editing blog posts
      3m 20s
    3. Adding new pages
      2m 59s
    4. Including images
      6m 59s
    5. Adding videos to posts
      2m 55s
  5. 18m 12s
    1. Understanding WordPress structure
      3m 52s
    2. Activating a theme
      7m 21s
    3. Setting up a child theme
      6m 59s
  6. 1h 29m
    1. Updating the page structure and the background
      12m 53s
    2. Working with web fonts
      4m 3s
    3. Styling a header
      11m 48s
    4. Adding header functions
      7m 40s
    5. Setting up content columns
      10m 9s
    6. Changing the main content
      5m 17s
    7. Managing the content code
      4m 48s
    8. Customizing the sidebar
      10m 32s
    9. Styling search
      7m 8s
    10. Working with search text
      5m 49s
    11. Integrating the footer
      9m 40s
  7. 27m 18s
    1. Setting up media queries
      6m 12s
    2. Customizing for tablets
      12m 19s
    3. Building smartphone layouts
      8m 47s
  8. 23m 28s
    1. Working with categories and posts
      5m 31s
    2. Developing category-driven pages
      11m 22s
    3. Changing headers by category
      6m 35s
  9. 36m 32s
    1. Adding Spry accordion panels
      17m 44s
    2. Working with Spry form validation
      11m 56s
    3. Integrating jQuery functionality
      6m 52s
  10. 11m 7s
    1. Understanding WordPress plugins
      6m 20s
    2. Styling plugin output
      4m 47s
  11. 25m 44s
    1. Customizing the Dashboard
      6m 52s
    2. Working with WordPress functions
      8m 7s
    3. Including administration interactivity
      10m 45s
  12. 13m 10s
    1. Setting up the data in WordPress
      2m 17s
    2. Adding dynamic data from WordPress to your web pages
      10m 53s
  13. 11m 38s
    1. Modifying general settings
      4m 12s
    2. Setting up users
      3m 11s
    3. Restricting access to specific WordPress pages
      4m 15s
  14. 26m 38s
    1. Exporting and importing WordPress files
      7m 9s
    2. Backing up and restoring the database
      8m 10s
    3. Transferring files
      6m 3s
    4. Testing and fine-tuning
      5m 16s
  15. 18s
    1. Next steps
      18s

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