Instructions for Common Content Tasks: Adding & Editing User Accounts

A Drupal CMS Guide

Managing who has access to view or edit certain content on your website is, like everything else in Drupal, a simple editing process within the CMS.

Creating New User Accounts in Drupal

For each person that will be adding and editing content on the website, you’ll need to create a user account.

Note: In order to create or edit new user accounts, you will need to be logged into the website with an administrator account.

To create a new user account in Drupal:

  1. Mouse over the People menu on the administrative toolbar, and click Add User.
  2. Type in a Username, Email Address, and Password for the new account.
  3. Under the Roles heading, if you want the user to be able to add and edit content, click the Editor checkbox.
  4. To send the person an automatic email notifying them of their new account, click the Notify User of New Account checkbox.
  5. When you’re done, click the Create New Account button at the bottom of the page.

Editing a User’s Account in Drupal

At some point, you may also want to edit a user’s information or role, or you may need to delete one or more user accounts from your website.

To view, edit, or delete existing user accounts:

  1. Click on the People heading on the administrator toolbar.
  2. You’ll see the People page, which has a list of all the user accounts on your website.
  3. You can filter the list by selecting a value from the Role, Permissions, or Status dropdown and clicking the Filter button.
  4. To edit an individual user account, find them in the list, and click the Edit link on the far right.
  5. To edit multiple user accounts at once, click the checkbox to the left, select an action from the Update Options dropdown, and click the Update button. For example:
    • You can grant editor permissions to multiple users by clicking the checkboxes next to their names, selecting Add a Role to the Selected Users>editor from the dropdown, and clicking Update.
    • You can also use this feature to delete user accounts by clicking the checkbox(es) for the account(s) you want to remove, selecting Cancel the Selected User Account from the dropdown, and clicking Update.

Note: Although administrator users can create editor accounts, only your website administrator can create new users with administrative privileges. If you need to create a new administrative user account, ask your website administrator.


For more how-to guides on Drupal tasks, check out the other posts in our blog series, Instructions for Common Content Tasks