We’ve all been there – the temptation to share login details for convenience’s sake. But in the world of computer security, convenience often clashes with best practices, and it can have dire consequences, especially when it comes to your WordPress website. EggCup Kitchen believes in proactive security, and we’re here to show you a solution that’s almost as simple as sharing your login credentials but significantly more secure. The best part? It’ll only take a couple of minutes. Let’s get started!
How to Securely Share Admin Access Someone to Your WordPress Site
Step 1: Log in to Your Admin Dashboard
Access your admin dashboard by going to ‘website.com/wp-admin/‘ (replace ‘example.com’ with your website domain).
Log in using your administrator account. If you don’t have an admin login, contact the person who set up your website.
Step 2: Add a New User
Once logged in, go to ‘Users‘ –> ‘Add new‘ in the sidebar menu
Step 3: Enter a Username for the New User
If you’re granting access to someone, use a username like ‘bizgroundup‘ (without the inverted commas).
Step 4: Enter an Email Address
If you’re granting access to us, enter the email address(email@example.com) you’ve been corresponding with. Otherwise, use your developer’s email address.
Step 5: Important! Check a Checkbox
Ensure that ‘Send user notification‘ is checked. This step is crucial because without it, the user won’t know they’ve been granted access (unless you inform them manually, which defeats the purpose of this tutorial).
Step 6: Important! Grant Admin Access
In the ‘Role‘ dropdown menu, change the role to ‘Administrator.’ Admin access is necessary for us to work on your site.
Step 7: Create the New User Account
Click ‘Add New User,’ and the user will receive an email notification about their new account. They can then securely set their own password.
You’ve successfully granted admin access to your developer without the need to insecurely email login details. This approach also gives you the power to revoke access at any time by removing the account you created.
Remember, user accounts should always represent real individuals rather than generic names. This practice discourages password sharing, which is not advisable.
Furthermore, this method simplifies tracking user activities on your website, ensuring transparency about who is doing what.
Sharing passwords via email, as many people do, is risky. Email is not a secure communication channel, and transmitting sensitive information this way leaves it vulnerable to interception. Additionally, sharing your password via email results in two copies of your password in separate locations, increasing the risk of a security breach.
Even with strong technical security measures, the human element is a factor. Can you trust the recipient not to share your login details with others? Furthermore, if you reuse passwords across different accounts, sharing your website login could inadvertently grant access to other platforms.
Once you start sharing passwords, you lose control over your website’s security. Learning how to safely grant access to your WordPress site is a step in the right direction. If you’re facing WordPress issues or have security concerns, reach out to us, and we’ll arrange a consultation to address your needs. Don’t compromise your site’s security for convenience – take the secure route!