Sometimes, what makes collaboration work is an intelligent, hierarchical relationship between the people involved in the collaboration. WordPress is set up with features that make it easy for you to allow other people to participate in your blog in a more significant role than that of somebody who reads and comments on posts.
One of the biggest risks for a WordPress site trying to get noticed is ending up with a lot of content that is very bland and homogenous, simply because the author is either trying to restate the same content over and over again or because their style is so heavily represented on the site that there is very little variety for users. An easy solution to this is to allow other people to put posts up on your site. Before you get too worried about having control of those contributors, WordPress is designed to handle this. If you’re using WordPress without a theme, you’ll find the controls for adding new users on the dashboard,; some WordPress templates might alter this location, though it will appear in the same location in the vast majority of instances.
Using the Feature
The most powerful aspect of the collaborative features on WordPress is that they allow you to give different people different levels of control over the site. When you add a new user to your WordPress site, you’ll be given the option to give them a role. As far as people who actually contribute to your site are concerned, there are three roles that you need to worry about: Editor, Author, and Contributor.
The Administrator account should only be given to one person: you. The administrator on a WordPress site is similar to the root user on a Linux system, in that they can do anything and everything they want to the website, including taking the website down, changing the theme and so forth. You don’t want to give this level of control to anyone but yourself.
An Editor has all of the powers that this level of user implies. They can write their own posts, of course, but they also have the power to delete other people’s posts and edit other people’s posts however they wish. They can help to organize the content on the site and can help to create pages, making this a very powerful account level. The difference between an Editor and an Administrator is that the Editor doesn’t actually have power over the function or look of the site.
And Author is someone who can create posts, edit those posts and delete their own posts. The principal difference between and Editor and an Author is that an Author only has the ability to alter their own content that they contribute to the site. If you have guest writers on your account, this is an excellent permission level to set them up at.
If someone is set up on your website as a Contributor, it means that they can submit posts to you but they can’t publish them themselves. This is the principal difference between the account level privileges of an Author and a Contributor.
Using these account levels, you can have an Editor set up on your site that can edit and alter the content provided by Authors or Contributors. Someone who is a very trusted contributor to your site can be set up as an Author and somebody who is new can be set up as a Contributor. This allows you to have people post on to your blog, freshen up your content and to avoid giving them too much authority, where they may end up ruining something on your blog by accident or by design.
Anny Solway is a dedicated writer at ThemeFuse – a leader in the Premium WordPress Themes area. She likes to discover new ideas about internet marketing, social media and blogging.