Setting options for Users

How do I configure and manage users for my WordPress blog?

Setting Writing Options for Users

Click “Options”
Click “Writing”

When writing posts: Choose either Simple controls (the Write Post SubPanel’s Basic Post Editing mode) or Advanced controls (the Write Post SubPanel’s Advanced Post Editing mode). Chosing Simple controls only sets the default behavior. You can still access the Advanced controls by clicking the “Advanced Editing” button in the Write Post SubPanel’s Basic Post Editing mode.

Size of the writing box: Enter how large, in number of lines, you want the big text box where you enter the content of your post to be. This does not limit the size of the actual post; if you write a post that is longer than the size of the writing box, the text box will grow a scrollbar. A small writing box size means everything will fit nicely on your screen, a large writing box size means you won’t have to scroll within the writing box as much whenn writing longer posts.

Formatting: You can use these two checkboxes to control some of your blog’s formatting.

Convert Emoticons – Checking this checkbox tells wordpress to convert all of the emoticons in your posts into graphical smilies. For more information on this feature, see Using Smilies.
Correct invalidly nested XHTML – Checking this checkbox helps make sure that what you write in your posts is valid XHTML code. You should probably check this box since invalid code sometimes causes problems with web browsers. Sometimes, though, certain plugins don’t work well with WordPress when this feature is turned on.

Default post category: The category you select from this dropdown will be the default category checked when you write a new post. If you have several categories, but post to one most frequently, select that category here to make your life a little easier.

Newly registered members: This option determines with what writing privelages (if any) new users start. This is an especially important option to set if you allow anyone to create an account on your blog.

Cannot write articles – New users cannot write posts and start with User Level 0.

May submit drafts for review – New users can write posts, but only Drafts. Drafts are not publishedd to your site until they have been reviewed and publishedd by a user who can publish real posts. If this option is set, new users will start at User Level 1.

May publish articles – New users have full publishing privelages and start at User Level 2.

7. Click “Update Options”

Authors and UsersYou can add users instead of requiring them to register from your blog site:

To add a user, enter the following information:

Click “Authors and Users”

Nickname: (Required) Enter the nickname of the new user here. This will also be used as the Login name of the new user. If you want the nickname and the login name to be different, type the login name here and then edit the nickname.
First Name: Enter the first name of the new user here.
Last Name: Enter the last name of the new user in this text box.
E-mail: Required. Enter the e-mail address of the new user here.
Website: You may enter the new user’s website URL in this text box.
Password:(enter this twice)

7. Click “Add User”


Table of Authors

An author is a user who can post content to your blog. Any user with a User Level greater than 0 is considered an author. In this section of the SubPanel, WordPress lists all of the authors of your blog as rows in a table with the following columns.

ID – The user ID of this author. All users have a unique identification number which WordPress uses to identify users internally. It is not terribly significant from a typical user’s point of view. It can be handy to know, however, if you are writing a new template and are using the_author and related Template Tags.
Nickname – The nickname of the user as defined by his or her profile.
Name – The first and last names of the author, if specified in her or his profile.
E-mail – The author’s e-mail address.
Website – The website of the author, if specified in his or her profile.

Level – The User Level of the author. If the author has a lower User Level than you do, youwill also see in this column “+” and “-” links which can be used to increase and decrease the author’s User Level, respectively. You have the ability to increase an Author’s User Level up to one less than your own User Level.

Posts – The number of posts written by this author and a link which, when clicked, will take you to the Manage Posts SubPanel and list all of those posts.

Edit – If the author has a lower User Level than you do, there will be a link titled Edit. When this linked is clicked, the SubPanel switches to its editing role and allows you to edit the information found in that author’s profile.

Note: Authors cannot be deleted. To delete an author, you must first

    decrease her or his User Level to 0 by using the above “-” link found in that author’s Level column

. Once at a User Level of 0, she or he will instead be listed below in the Table of Registered Users. From there, the user (once Author) can be deleted.

Table of Registered Users

Your blog may have other, non-author, users registered. These are all of the users whose User Level is 0. If there are any such users, they are all listed as rows in this table, the first five columns of which are the same as in the above Table of Authors. The following columns are specific to this Table of Registered Users.

Promote – This link will promote the user to a User Level of 1, thus granting him or her author status. He or she will then be listed in the Table of Authors.
Edit – Like the Edit link in the Table of Authors, this link switches the SubPanel into its editing role and allows you to edit the information found in this user’s profile.
Delete – This link will delete the user. All posts belonging to that user will also be deleted. You will be asked to confirm this action.


~ by netlex on April 11, 2006.

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