One of the best things about WordPress is that it is very easy to create and manage users. This is particularly useful if you want to have dual accounts (like an administrator account and an editor account) to manage your WordPress website or if you want to maintain a multi-author blog.
The thing with the multi-users is that you cannot easily switch between users. i.e, you actually have to log out of the current session and then login again to a different account.
But if you want to, you can easily switch between user accounts in WordPress without any logging out and logging in stuff. Let me show you how.
To switch between users in WordPress, we are going to use the free plugin called User Switching from WordPress plugin repository.
Features of the Plugin
- The plugin won’t reveal the passwords of any user.
- Users with the ability to edit the other Users are the only ones that are capable of switching between users. By default, that would be the administrators.
- The plugin uses cookie authentication system to remember the users.
- The plugin also Implements the nonce security system in WordPress.
Switch Between Users in WordPress
To start off, download and install the plugin like any other WordPress plugin. Once installed, activate the plugin by clicking on the link “Activate Plugin.”
Being a simple plugin, there are no settings to deal with. To switch between users, open the “All Users” page in your WordPress dashboard by navigating to “Users” and then to “All Users.”
Once you are in the All Users page, simply hover over the user you want to switch to and click on the link “Switch To.”
This action will instantly switch you to that user and from this point forward, you can manage your WordPress as if you are that user. As you can see from the image below, I’ve instantly switched to the Editor account from the Administrator account.
The good thing about the plugin is that as long as you are managing your WordPress site as different a user, User Switching plugin will display a link to switch back to your original account.
As soon as click on that link, you will be switched back to your original account.
The plugin is pretty helpful if you are maintaining multiple users in your WordPress blog and want to switch between users frequently. If you like this article, then you may also want to know about how to display recently registered users and how to edit user role names in WordPress.
Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above plugin to switch between user accounts in WordPress.