PublishPress Capabilities 2.0, and 100,000 Users

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PublishPress Capabilities is the plugin that gives you control over all the permissions on your WordPress site.

In the last few days, there have been two big milestones for the plugin:

  1. Capabilities now has over 100,000 active installs of the Free version, according to
  2. We released Capabilities 2.0 with lots of new features for Free and Pro users.

Thanks to all of you who use PublishPress Capabilities. We do have big plans to make it even more useful for you.

In this post, I'll introduce all the new features in 2.0 for Free and Pro users. Scroll to the bottom, and you'll see a preview of extra goodies that will be coming soon.

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An Introduction to bbPress Roles and Capabilities

Bbpress Roles

Here at PublishPress, we're able to support almost any other WordPress plugin.

However, there is one popular plugin called bbPress that doesn't always work smoothly with our code, or other user management plugins.

bbPress has over 300,000 users and is the commonly used discussion board in WordPress.

I'm going to give you a guide on how to manage roles and capabilities in bbPress. I'll also touch on what bbPress does differently, and what it means for PublishPress users.

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Automatically Create WordPress Tags for User Roles

Create Tags

We had an interesting question from a PublishPress user this week:

Is there any way to automatically add a specific tag if the user is in a certain role?

For example, Authors will always get “Tag A” added and Editors will always get “Tag B” added. Yes, this is possible with a little code.

Once this is done, you can use the Tags to organize the content or to trigger other functionality. For example, you can use PublishPress notifications to send an email for any post that has the Tag you choose.

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Environmental Talks for WordPress Developers and Designers

Environment Talks

There is a small, but growing, number of WordPress developers who are interested in environmental issues.

WordPress now runs an incredible 40% of all websites. The work that we do has an impact. If WordPress sites consume large amounts of energy, then that has knock-on effects for the whole web.

I've searched for some of the best introductions to this topic. The people in the videos below are talented WordPress designers and developers, who want their work to have a positive impact.

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Where are WordPress Users and Permissions Stored in the Database?

Db Permissions

Several of our PublishPress plugins allow you to control what users can do on your WordPress site. These plugins allow you to change user permissions via the WordPress admin area.

However, there's a lot going on behind the scenes. PublishPress customers often have questions from users about WordPress permissions and where they are stored in the database. This post is an introduction to those database tables.

One thing to note: although most people refer to “user permissions” or perhaps “user access”, WordPress uses the word “capabilities”.

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Johannes Benz from Raidboxes on WordPress Hosting That’s Positive for the Environment and Society


Johannes is the Managing Director of Raidboxes, a fast-growing WordPress hosting company based in Germany. He's also one of the most interesting people I've met in WordPress.

I first heard of Raidboxes when they were giving out trees to Wordcamp attendees! Johannes and his team think differently.

Raidboxes is growing fast, doubling every year and adding nearly 1,000 customers per month. But Johannes believes that businesses should not focus only on profits, but also on being actively positive for society.

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