Setup a new admin account

Whenever you let someone else access your WordPress site, you need to make them a set of temporary keys. Here’s what you do.

1. Go to your WordPress dashboard and click on “Users” from the sidebar menu.

2. Click on “Add New” and fill in the following:
  • Username (Required – make one up)
  • E-mail (Required)
  • First Name (You can put company name here if that helps you remember who the account belongs to)
  • Last Name (Optional)
  • Website (Optional, but may help you in identifying the account)
  • Password (Leave this alone)
  • Send Password (Check this box your web developer will be notified of the account and they can create their own password)
  • Role (Set this to Administrator)
3. Once you have everything entered, click the “Add New User” button to save it. An email will be sent to your developer with instructions on how to log into your site.

The Exit Strategy

Once your developer has completed their work, you can feel free to delete the account. If you plan on continuing the relationship, you can leave the account open for them or you can change their role to subscriber. Changing their role will allow you to keep the user account active but limit what the developer can access in the dashboard.

For most developers, you don’t need to hassle with changing the role. We’re not likely to come sneaking back into your site for any reason. The purpose of this article is to let you know that YOU are in charge of your web site. It’s your home, not ours and we want to make sure you’re keeping it safe and secure.

Oh and if you’ve already handed over your personal info to someone and you’re feeling uneasy about that, change your password. If that person needs back in later, you can set up a new account for them by following the instructions above. Be safe!