If you are using WordPress, or thinking about it, once it’s installed, you are given an administrative role. What does that mean? Well, you can do anything and everything to your site because you have full access.
One question I get a lot is, “Why are there different user roles and what are they good for?” Instead of going through each role, I decided to put them in a handy chart. (See below.)
But back to the question. Why do they exist?
Some developers and designers don’t want their clients to have access to the back end because they are afraid they will mess with the theme, change plugins, and, basically, screw things up. So they assign their client a certain role, which gives them limited access.
Is that a good thing? Not always. Clients come to me after working with another designer, wondering why they can’t add that new plugin they like. It’s because they don’t have access to that particular piece or function.
Another reason for roles is when you have a team of bloggers or guest bloggers. You can decide which functions you want to allow them to use and will assign them those certain roles. You give them only the tools they need to publish their post. That’s it. Because it’s your blog and you probably want to retain control.
I’m sure there are many other valid reasons to use roles, but you get the idea.
I hope this chart is useful to you as an easy overview of who can do what.