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How to Create Temporary Admin Users for Support in WordPress

In the dynamic world of WordPress website management, efficient support and debugging are paramount. Occasionally, you might find yourself in a situation where you need to grant temporary administrative access to Modula’s support team or a developer without compromising your site’s security. In this step-by-step guide, we will explore two methods to achieve this: manually creating a temporary admin user within the WordPress dashboard and utilizing a plugin for added simplicity.

Whether you prefer the traditional approach or seek a more streamlined solution, we’ve got you covered. Read on to discover how to create a temporary admin user, test their access, and, importantly, remove their privileges once the task is complete.

Step 1: Log in to Your WordPress Dashboard

Begin by logging in to your WordPress admin dashboard using your existing administrator credentials.

Step 2: Navigate to Users

Once logged in, look for the “Users” option on the left-hand side menu. Click on it to open the Users page.

Step 3: Add New User Manually (Option 1: Manually Creating a Temporary Admin User)

  1. On the Users page, click on “Add New” to create a new user.
  2. Fill in the required user details (username, email, etc.).
  3. Set the user role to “Administrator.”
  4. Generate or set a strong password.
  5. Optionally, send the new user a notification.
  6. Click “Add New User.”

Step 4: Test the New User

Log out of your current admin account and log in with the credentials of the newly created temporary admin user to ensure that it works as expected.

Step 5: Remove the Temporary Admin User (After Use)

After Modula’s Support team finished debugging or providing support, you can remove the temporary admin user to maintain the security of your WordPress site.

  • Go back to the Users page in the WordPress dashboard.
  • Locate the temporary admin user in the list.
  • Click on the user to edit their details.
  • Scroll down to the bottom and click the “Delete” button.

Option 2: Using the ‘Temporary Login Without Password’ Plugin

  1. Install and Activate the Plugin:
    • Navigate to the “Plugins” section in your WordPress dashboard.
    • Click on “Add New.”
    • Search for “Temporary Login Without Password.”
    • Install and activate the plugin.
  2. Generate a Temporary Login Link:
    • After activation, navigate to the “Users” page.
    • Click on “Temporary Logins” and then click on the “Create new” button.
  3. Configure Temporary Login Settings:
    • Enter the email address and name for the new user.
    • Set the expiration date for the temporary login link.
    • Choose the user role for the temporary login (Administrator, Editor, Author, etc.).
    • Click “Submit.”
  4. Share the Temporary Login Link:
    • Once configured, a temporary login link will be generated.
    • Share the link with the person who needs access.

Creating a temporary admin user in WordPress can be done manually or using a plugin like “Temporary Login Without Password” for added convenience. Choose the method that best fits your needs, and remember to remove the temporary user once the task is complete.

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