Roles in a Zoom webinar

When it comes to hosting a webinar, there are several roles available: host, co-host, panelist, and attendee. As an attendee of the webinar, you will be assigned a role as directed by the host.

Webinar hosts are the users whose names appear in the webinar schedule. Besides managing the webinar, panelists and attendees, they also have full control over the webinar. A webinar can only be moderated by one person at a time. As a host, you have the ability to pause and resume your webinar, mute panelists, pause the panelist’s video, remove participants from your webinar, and more.

It is very common for co-hosts to share a set of access controls that hosts have. As a result, co-hosts are able to manage many of the administrative aspects of a webinar, including managing attendees and starting/stopping recording for the webinar. A co-host must be nominated by the organizer of the event. It is not possible for co-hosts to start a webinar alone. The host can assign an alternate host if they cannot start the webinar themselves because they need someone else to do it.

A webinar panelist is a full participant in the entire webinar. The user has the ability to view and send videos, share screenshots, annotate, etc. The webinar host must give you panelist permissions in order for you to join the webinar. It is also possible for the host to disable certain features for panelists, such as B. the ability to start the video, share their screens and record the discussion. Adding and inviting panelists to host your webinar is an important part of the process.

During the event, attendees can only view, mute, or unmute speakers if the host chooses to do so. During the webinar, the host controls what attendees can see and how they interact with it. As part of the Q&A and live chat, they have the opportunity to interact directly with the host and panelists. As a webinar participant, you have the opportunity to learn more about participating in a webinar.

Requirements for roles in Zoom webinars

  • A Zoom webinar add-on is available for purchase
  • As the host of this webinar, you have the following privileges:
  • For the co-hosting feature, please follow the steps below:
    • The host’s account has been enabled for co-hosting
    • Control is delegated to the co-host by the host as part of the co-hosting agreement
  • If you want to introduce a panelist, you can either promote the participant or invite them to participate

Comparison of controls

Below is a comparison of the webinar controls available to the host, co-hosts, and panelists during the webinar. You can learn more about each feature by clicking the embedded links in the table or by reading the Host and co-host controls in a meeting article.


  • The host can disable features with an asterisk
  • if the host so wishes.

In order to be able to use some functions, certain requirements must be met. I’d suggest that if you can’t see a feature, you check the article you’re looking at for the requirements your account needs to meet.

Join Zoom webinars host co-host panelist
Participant Join in during the practice session (see Note)
Start the broadcast
Mute/unmute yourself
Start/stop own video
✔* Show participant list
share screen
Request or give remote control
✔* save chat
Ask questions in Q&A
View and answer all questions and answers
Create or edit polls
Start the poll
answer surveys ✔*
Hire someone to type subtitles
Enter subtitles ✔*
✔* hold hands
Use Callout to join audio over the phone
End webinar


Prior assignment of co-hosts is not possible. As a co-host, you can invite someone to be a panelist and then promote them to co-host once they’ve attended the webinar as a panelist. Alternatively, you can consider assigning them as an alternate host. Alternate hosts can start or join a practice session at any time.

Manage participants host co-host panelist
Participant Mute or unmute participants
End the panelist’s video
Ask a panelist to start the video
Put a video in the spotlight
Promote the participant to the panelist
Demoted from panelist to participant
Change the view of the participants
Change who attendees can chat with
remove participants
Let the participants speak
Assign co-host permission
Put panelists on hold
Invite others to the webinar

Record host co-host panelists
Participant Record to cloud
record locally


Live broadcast

What are the different zoom roles?

Who are panelists in the Zoom webinar?

How many panelists does the Zoom webinar have?

Can attendees see all panelists in the Zoom webinar?

What is the difference between a Zoom webinar and a Zoom meeting?

If you plan to have more interactive sessions that you want your audience to participate in, or you want to break your audience up into smaller groups, Zoom meetings are a good choice. You can think of Zoom webinars as virtual lecture halls or classrooms. Webinars are ideal for large audiences or public events.

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