In a typical Duke WordPress course site, faculty who create the site become WordPress ‘administrators’ and students get added to the site as ‘editors.’ Roles can be modified for different users, and roles have to be selected for each new user added by an administrator. Here’s a quick summary of the different roles available in WordPress. Read a more detailed explanation from WordPress.org.
|Administrator||Can edit site appearance, manage users and privacy settings, and write posts and pages||Faculty who create sites automatically become administrators of those sites. Faculty may also assign students as administrators for team sub-sites.|
|Editors||Can create, edit and publish pages and blog posts||Students who need to be able to edit WordPress Pages (in addition to Posts) can be made Editors of sites by changing their roles using the Duke Project OZ tool.|
|Authors||Can create and publish posts, but not access or edit pages||Students are automatically added to sites as Authors – allowing them to write and publish posts as well as comment on other posts. They also have access to pages created by the instructor -but cannot edit those pages.|
|Contributors||Can create and edit posts, but not publish them||For those contributing to the blog that might need proofreading or approval. Requires an admin or editor to publish.|
|Subscribers||Can access a private blog and write comments||If the blog is private, non-Duke guests will need to be subscribers to see any of the content. Also a useful role for commentors and other site guests.|