User roles simplify the IT manager’s job, since they apply permissions to groups of users, rather than individuals. Many Content Management Systems come with a set of built-in user roles.
Content Editors handle the day-to-day management and upkeep of a site’s content. They optimize content on existing pages or create new pages to meet business needs. Their content updates may go through a workflow process, where it’s reviewed by a Content Manager before being pushed live to the site.
Content Managers have more privileges than Content Editors. Typically, Content Managers can create, copy and delete pages. They approve content updates submitted by Content Editors. In addition, they can directly publish updates to a page without requiring a review by an approver.
Administrators have super user access to the entire site. They have the ability to copy, delete or move every single page on a site. The Administrator user role is associated with the organization responsible for the technical oversight of a Content Management System (typically, Information Technology [IT]).
Registered Users are those who completed your site’s user registration form. Registered Users have profile properties (e.g., name and profile photo) and are permitted to participate in a site’s user-generated content areas.
CMS administrators can create custom user roles to suit the needs of their organization. For example, custom user roles may be created for customers of particular products. Users in certain roles may be granted access to content specific to their purchased product (e.g., software download, technical support, etc.).