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Creating WordPress Users and Removing Them

For those just beginning to explore the world of digital content management, creating WordPress users is a fundamental skill that can significantly enhance your site’s efficiency and accessibility. But what does it mean, and how do you do it? Let’s delve into the step-by-step process.

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Logging into Your WordPress Dashboard

Access your WordPress Dashboard. Remember, you must have administrator access to create new users.

Once logged into your dashboard, click the [Users] section on the left menu.
From the dropdown menu, select [All Users].
You should see on the “Users” page the default user that CloudWays set during WordPress installation.

Creating WordPress Users: Creating a New Account and Removing the Old One

This part will be a little tedious, but at this stage, we don’t want you to use the Database Manager and remove the old user from the database. So, we will create a temporary admin user from the WordPress dashboard and log in there. Then, remove the default account. Create a new permanent admin account and log in to that account. Then, remove the temporary admin account.

We must perform these actions since you can’t register two users simultaneously with the same email. To change an email, WordPress will send a confirmation email message to the email address to which you want to update your email. Email service must be configured; email messages are not always sent in the default WordPress configuration. There are some explanations and solutions to email sending that are being posted on the WordPress forums.

But for now, we want to create a new user and use it without getting too much into the technicalities of Database management and email configurations. Also, we want to remove the default user since CloudWays adds some information that we do not necessarily want to be there, like the actual name we used during the registration process on CloudWays.

Creating WordPress Users: Creating a New Temporary Administrator User

While on the “Users” page, click [Add New].

Username: In this field, fill in the username of your temporary administrator account. It can be anything, and it doesn’t matter. Just remember the username so we can log in.
Email: Use any email address. Ensure it is yours so an email message won’t be sent to someone else by mistake.
Password: Create a memorable password.
Role: [Administrator]

Click [Add New User].
In the top right corner of the page, click on your profile icon, then click “Log Out.”

Login to the temporary admin user we created.
Navigate to the “Users” page.

Remove Existing Default User

Hover your mouse cursor above the default user.
The “Delete” button will appear. Click it.
Select “(*) Delete all content”.
Click [Confirm Deletion].

By default, when you install WordPress, one demo post is created (including a demo comment) with the default user account. This action deletes all the demo posts, pages, and comments by this user. Of course, if this user posts any posts, you should move them to the new user, but there should not be any on the new WordPress installation besides demo posts.

Creating WordPress Users: Creating a New Permanent Administrator User

While on the “Users” page, click [Add New].

Username: In this field, fill in your administrator account username. Don’t call it “admin,” “Admin,” “Administrator,” or any other name that will indicate that this is an admin account. Don’t make the job easy for potential adversaries. This is a security recommendation. The Username is case-sensitive, but not in the Login screen. In addition, this username will be displayed to the visitors since this user will also be used for posting. However, we can change the display name of your user after creation.
Email: Use an email we created earlier to manage everything related to our site.
Password: Create a complex password that you can remember. WordPress can auto-generate one or create a custom one by clicking ‘Show password.’ Choose what works best for you.
Role: [Administrator]

The rest of the fields aren’t crucial while creating WordPress users.
Click [Add New User].
Log out of your temporary administrator account and log in to your permanent administrator account.
Navigate to the “Users” page.
“Delete” the temporary administrator user.
Now, you should have only one user, which you will use for WordPress administration and content posting.

Changing User Public Appearance

Navigate to the “Users” page.
Click “Edit” under your user. The button will appear after you hover with the mouse cursor above the user’s name.
Find the “Nickname” text box.
Change the Nickname to something that will be more appealing to your visitors. You can use spaces here.
Find the option “Display name publicly as,” click the drop-down menu, and select the nickname you edited.
Scroll the page down and click [Update Profile].

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You can read more about creating new users in WordPress Docs.


Creating WordPress users is a pivotal step in managing your WordPress site effectively. You can ensure your website’s smooth operation by carefully assigning roles and managing user access.

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