Need to give admin access to a WordPress developer? Hired someone to manage your WordPress site for you? Need to give a plugin developer access so they can debug a problem? Find out the easiest & safest ways to give someone access to your WordPress backend.

Manual Method:
Setting Up a New Admin User Account in the WordPress Dashboard

  1. Login to your WordPress Dashboard using your personal administrator account.
  2. On the left Dashboard Menu click on “ Users > Add New”.
    WordPress admin dashboard add new user
  3. Enter the Username (make up a random username) & the Email (of the person you want to give admin access to). WARNING, never use the word “Admin” as a WordPress username (find out why).
    WordPress admin dashboard username and email setup
  4. Change the Role to “Administrator”.
    WordPress admin dashboard user role
  5. In the Password field click the “ Show” button to reveal the gibberish password that WordPress has automatically created for you.
    WordPress admin dashboard show password
  6. Copy the Username & the Password, paste them into an email, & send them to the person you want to give admin access to.
  7. Click on the “Add New User” button to finish creating the new user.
    WordPress admin dashboard create new user
  8. When you no longer wish that person to have admin access to your WordPress site do not forget to Delete them as a user!
    WordPress admin dashboard delete new user

Plugin Method:
Setting Up a Temporary Passwordless Admin Account

  1. Login to your WordPress Dashboard using your personal administrator account.
  2. On the left Dashboard Menu click “ Plugins”.
    WordPress admin dashboard plugins
  3. Click “Add New”.
    WordPress admin dashboard add new plugin
  4. Search for a plugin called “Temporary Login Without Password” by StoreApps.
  5. Install the “Temporary Login Without Password” plugin.
    WordPress admin dashboard install temporary login without password
  6. When it has finished installing, Activate the plugin.
  7. In the left Dashboard Menu click on “ Users > Temporary Logins”.
    WordPress admin dashboard temporary logins
  8. On the “Temporary Logins” page, Click Create New and fill in the relevant fields including the email address of the person you want to give access to, their new role (Administrator), the expiry date of the temporary account (One week is probably enough) & click Submit.
    WordPress admin dashboard create new temporary login
  9. Copy the temporary login link, paste it into an email & send it to whoever you want to give the temporary admin access to. Done!
    WordPress admin dashboard send login link