What is Author In WordPress?

Last Updated On November 30, 2018
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The term author refers to a predefined user role for any WordPress site. Any user with author role can upload files, write, edit, delete, publish their own articles. They can also edit their user profile and change their passwords directly.

Since a user with author role has the ability to delete their own published posts and edit their own written articles, websites with multiple authors normally assign the contributor role to writers or use a plugin to create a user role with customized capabilities. This reduces the risk of miscommunication, or hired writers deleting their work if they were discharged.

Many websites also give authors with “author pages” to give biographical information like name, date of birth, location, social profiles with their photos about themselves. This is usually done through the built-in author “archive pages” which displays a list of all posts written by them.

Further Reading:

What Is Administrator?
What Is User Role?
What Is WordPress Admin Area?
What is Screens Options?

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