Custom roles are sometimes desired for a variety of reasons.  A good example would be a research site.  The Principal Investigator of the site may want a role with a title like "research assistant".

This makes perfect sense.

So how do we make the custom role?

It's really pretty simple.  Just do the following:

  1. Go to Admin menu > People > Permissions > Roles
  2. In the blank field, enter the name of the role that you want - use all lower case
  3. Click the Add role button

role name entered into field

After adding the role, it will join the others in the list above.

new role displayed in list

And that's really all there is to creating the actual custom role.  To make the role really work, though, we need to finish out the process by giving the new role a set of permissions.