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User Roles

WordPress has five different user roles that can be assigned to individual users, each with their own capabilities and limitations. These roles are, Subscriber, Contributor, Author, Editor, and Administrator. The Subscriber role is not used on School of Medicine websites since we don’t allow comments on our sites.

In the following table, the term media pertains to images, files (pdf files, Word documents, PowerPoints, etc.), audio and video.

Capabilities Contributor Author Editor Administrator
Can create, edit and delete their own unpublished news posts and events. User can’t publish this content – it must be published by someone with a higher role. x x x x
Can create, edit and delete their own unpublished people profiles. Limitation – user cannot assign Divisions to these profiles. x x x x
Can upload media items. x x x x
Can publish their own news posts, events and directory profiles (still can’t assign Divisions to profiles). x x x
Can edit, delete and publish news posts, events and directory profiles created by other people. Still can’t assign Divisions to profiles. x x
Can create, edit, delete and publish their own as well as other peoples’ pages. x x
Can assign Divisions to directory profiles. x
Can add, edit and delete users as well as change user roles. x
Can modify the top navigation. x
Can modify widgets. x
Can create and edit forms. x
Can manage plugins. x

Add a New User

For security reasons, only users with an active Onyen can be given access to a School of Medicine website. If you need to add someone who is outside of the University, they will need to get an Affiliate Onyen.

  1. In your dashboard, click on Users.
  2. Click on the Add New button at the top of the page or the Add UNC User link in the dashboard.
  3. Add the Onyen where indicated.  You can add multiple users at one time by separating the onyens with commas or new lines.
  4. Select a role to assign to the new user.
  5. Click the Add Users button.

Note: Some personnel from UNC ITS and School of Medicine IT will be granted access to your site for support reasons.  These people may display under the Users category of the dashboard.