Roles let you control what users can do within the site. You can assign a specific role to each user.

User Roles

  • Administrator: has access to all the administration features
  • Editor: can publish and manage pages or posts, including content other people created
  • Author: can publish and manage his own pages or posts
  • Contributor: can write and manage his pages or posts without publishing them
  • Subscriber: can read comments, comment on a post, receive newsletters, and more

If you have a SHANTI Pages site, roles are defined in your associated UVaCollab site. You can change the role of a user by adding him to the WP_Author, WP_Editor, and WP_Contributor groups in UVaCollab. Instructors are administrators with author, editor, and contributor capabilities. When you add new users to a site, they automatically become "subscribers."

You can't change privacy settings for media you upload to WordPress. Once a user adds a file to the Media Library, any other user (regardless of role) can use that file. Media is also accessible to anyone in the world with the URL, and can be indexed by search engines.

We know that restricting media access is important to the UVA community. Our engineers are researching solutions.


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