Q & A – Why can’t my WordPress Contributor upload Photos?

metalThe Question Is:

How do I give my Contributors (in WordPress) permission to upload photos?


There are roles built into WordPress for each subscriber.

As the Administrator (after you have logged into your WordPress Dashboard at www.yoursite.com/wp-admin) you have the capability to decide what the default role will be. You may also decide several settings. Or you may take a more granular approach and give each user their own role. Lets review each role so you can make educated decisions on what your users should be.

Each role is followed by its corresponding capabilities, thus the term, roles and capabilities.


  • everything: dashboard, posts, media, links, pages, comments, appearance, plugins, users, tools, and settings


  • everything except: appearance, plugins, users, tools and settings tabs
  • In other words they can manage all of the content – but not the settings for plugins, themes, users or settings


  • edit, upload photos, publish and delete their own posts
  • Note: may NOT moderate comments


  • only edit and delete their own posts
  • Note: may NOT moderate comments
  • Note: may NOT upload photos to their posts or publish them


  • usually the default role
  • may only read posts

If you need more roles and more control over each user, and their settings, use a plugin like Members by Justin Tadlock.

More details: http://codex.wordpress.org/Roles_and_Capabilities