All Roles

All roles screen lists all the roles exist in your WordPress site. A role represents a collection of capabilities. When a user is assigned to a role, that user inherits those capabilities.

There are five built-in roles in WordPress – Administrator, Author, Contributor, Editor and Subscriber.

You can also create your own custom roles and assign it to users. Users can have multiple roles assigned at the same time. Click on the “Add New” button to create a new role.

Some plugins/themes create roles when they are activated. You might not be able to remove these roles from your WordPress site as long as they are active. Because those plugins/theme will recreate the role if they are deleted.


  • Display Name – This is the name WordPress uses to display this role.
  • Role Name – WordPress uses this name to identify this role. You can not change this, once a role is created.
  • Type – Type column shows whether this is a built-in role or a custom role.
  • New User Default – If an icon exists in this column, then this role will be assigned by default to new users created in your site. A dark icon represents the primary role and a light icon represents secondary roles.
  • Users – Represents the number of users belong to that role.
  • Capabilities – This column shows the number of “allowed” / “denied” capabilities for that role.
  • Menu Edited – A check mark in this column means “Admin Menu” is edited using “Admin Menu Editor” functionality.

Row Actions

  • View – View link appears when you do not have permission to edit that role. Use the view link to see the capabilities set for that role.
  • Edit – Use the edit link to edit the capabilities against a role.
  • Delete – Click on delete link to delete that role.
  • + Default – Use the “+ Default” link to add that role to new user default roles.
  • – Default – Use the “- Default” link to remove that role from new user default roles.
  • Edit Menu – To open the “Admin Menu Editor” screen to edit admin menus set against this role.