People

Inviting Contributors, Followers, and Viewers

On WordPress.com, you are able to add users to your website by sending invitations. To send an invitation, you’ll want these two pieces of information:

  • A person’s username or email address
  • The role that you’d like a person to have on your site

The available user role options include:

  • Administrator: Almost nothing is off limits
  • Editor: has access to all posts, pages, comments, categories, tags, and links
  • Author: can write, upload photos to, edit, and publish his or her own posts
  • Contributor: has no publishing or uploading capability, but can write and edit his or her own posts until they are published
  • Follower (public sites) / Viewer (private sites only): can read and comment on posts and pages

For more detailed explanations on the above options, take a look at the documentation on user roles.

Transfer Note: For security purposes, there is no way to remove the original creator/owner from their blog. As such, if you wish to transfer your blog to another user/account, please follow the instructions here.

How to Invite People to Your Site

  1. Click on Manage ⇢ People in your My Sites Menu.
  2. Select the Invites tab on the People page and then click “+ Invite”
  3. Enter the email address of the person you would like to invite, and select Role you would like them to have. ( Read more about WordPress user roles here… )
    Note: The Follower role is only displayed for public WordPress.com sites and the Viewer role is only displayed for private WordPress.com sites.Warning: Please be very careful when adding a new Administrator user to your blog. Other Administrators are effectively co-owners. They have as much power over your blog as you do, including the ability to permanently delete it.
  4. Optional: Create a custom message that the user will receive in the invitaion.
  5. Click the Send Invitation button.
  6. After sending the invitation, the person that you invited will receive an invitation email. 
  7. If you made a mistake and wish to rescind the invite you may go to the Invites tab, select the recent invite, and click “Revoke Invite”.

Once the user clicks the “Accept Invitation” button in that email, they will now be able to access your blog by visiting the My Blogs section of their dashboard when they log in to WordPress.com.

Note: Added users cannot log in using /wp-admin/, only the original creator/owner can. In order for added users to log in, use wordpress.com.

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Viewing and Removing Viewers from a Private Blog

You can see who has accepted an invitation to view your private blog as well as remove viewers by going to your Dashboard and navigating to People, and selecting the Viewers tab at the top.

image of the viewers tab

To delete a viewer, just click the Remove User button. That user will no longer be able to see your private blog.

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