PublishPress Capabilities Can Hide Metaboxes, and Any Editor Feature

Hide Metaboxes

Back in June, we released “Editor Features” in the PublishPress Capabilities plugin. This allowed you to hide almost any feature on the post editing screen.

Why do I say “almost”? Because the first release of could not hide metaboxes.

I'm happy to say that you can now use PublishPress Capabilities to hide metaboxes. This means that when users are writing a post, you can hide ANYTHING that you don't want them to see.

Why would you want to hide features from your users? Some people do this so that the post editing screen is cleaner and less confusing. Other people do this for security and to prevent users from changing some key settings.

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The PublishPress Series Plugin is Available

Series Pro

Last month, we adopted the “Organize Series” plugin.

We're pleased to say we've renamed the plugin “” and have released a new version of the plugin with many bug-fixes and improvements.

PublishPress Series is a plugin that allows you to group content together into a series. This is ideal for magazines, newspapers, short-story writers, teachers, comic artists, or anyone who writes multiple posts on the same topic.

The plugin aligns perfectly with our goal at PublishPress, which is to help WordPress publishers succeed.

The plugin now has its own penguin banner on the WordPress plugin repository:

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How to Hide WordPress Metaboxes in the Post Editor

Hide Metaboxes

A WordPress website always starts by looking very clean. But after you choose a theme and install a lot of plugins, the user interface quickly becomes very crowded.

In other guides, we've shown you how to hide WordPress admin menus, hide the admin toolbar, and hide dashboard widgets. In this tutorial, we'll explain how to hide the “metaboxes” that appear below your WordPress posts and in the sidebar, when you're editing a post.

In the image below, you can see some typical metaboxes from , the PublishPress plugin, TaxoPress, and others.

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Block Access Allows You to Control Blocks for User Roles

Block Access

” is one of the most popular features in the PublishPress Blocks plugin. This feature allows you to control which blocks are available to different user roles.

For example, if you want to prevent some user roles from adding “Table” blocks, you can block them from doing that with this feature.

In version 2.10 of Blocks, we've simplified the “Block Access” feature. The system is now based on user roles and is very similar to the PublishPress Capabilities plugin.

  • To get started, go to “Blocks”, then “Block Access”.
  • In the top-left corner, you can choose the user role you want to edit.

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User Role Capabilities for the W3 Total Cache Plugin

W3 Total 1

is one of the most popular performance and caching plugins in WordPress. W3 Total Cache has caching features, but also offers multiple other options for improving your site's speed.

A large number of users install PublishPress plugins and also W3 Total Cache on their site. So we've had some questions about how to customize the user capabilities in W3 Total Cache.

In this guide, we'll show you how to control access to W3 Total Cache.

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How to Show Code in Gutenberg Blocks

Code In Blocks

The delivered a lot of cool improvements for WordPress users. One of these is that it's now much easier to add code your WordPress posts.

I'm going to show you two ways to add code in Gutenberg. The first option allows you to add whole blocks of code. The second option allows you to highlight code inside paragraphs.

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We’ve Adopted the Organize Series Plugin

Organize Series

Today, I’m delighted to announce that we’ve adopted the “Organize Series” plugin and extensions.

“Organize Series” is a plugin that allows you to group content together into a series. This is ideal for magazines, newspapers, short-story writers, teachers, comic artists, or anyone who writes multiple posts on the same topic.

The plugin aligns perfectly with our goal at PublishPress which is to help WordPress publishers succeed. It's the ninth plugin available here at PublishPress.

The Organize Series plugin is free to download at WordPress.org, and there are also seven extensions that provide extra features.

Update: the new “PublishPress Series” is now available!

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The List Block and the Advanced List Block

List Block

One of the things I love about WordPress is that the project has a clearly-stated philosophy. One of the principles is to design for 80% of users and leave plugins to fill in the more advanced features.

This is happening with the Gutenberg block editor. Many developers are adding extra features on top of the default blocks.

Inside the PublishPress Blocks plugin, the Advanced List block is based on the default in Gutenberg.

The Gutenberg team have done the hard work. We're standing on their shoulders.

If you want to show lists in WordPress, both the List block and the are a great choice.

The Advanced List Block has functionality that the extra 20% of WordPress users may find helpful. If you are a WordPress power user, you'll want to check out these features, especially the custom icons for list items.

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