How To Allow Contributors To Set A Featured Image

I'm finally getting into outsourcing, and I came across one small gotcha while outsourcing the transcription of a bunch of YouTube videos on The Confident Man Channel. I wanted my freelancer to transcribe the videos and create a blog post on The Confident Man Project with the text of what I said in each video.

Now I don't want to give my freelancer free reign on my site, so I created a user for them to log in with, assigned the role of Contributor. This allows them to create draft posts for submission, but not to publish them. I still get the final chance to review the posts before hitting the “publish” button. (One day I'll let go of control completely... but not yet).

That's all well and good, except that by default Contributors can't upload and set featured images, which many themes use to entice readers to click on other articles when they visit my site, and is important for SEO.

To over come this shortcoming, install the Members plugin. Then on the WordPress dashboard, go to Users → Roles, edit Contributor and select upload_files. Click Update Role, and your Contributors can now upload and set featured images.

If you're confused about the relationship between users, roles and capabilities, check out the article on WordPress users, roles and capabilities by the author of this plugin.

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