Allow WordPress Authors to Update But Not Create Content
Here’s an interesting question from a PublishPress user:
I want to allow the Author role to edit published posts (theirs or others) and make those changes live without approval. But I don’t want those users to create new posts themselves.
This is possible using the Capability Manager Enhanced plugin.
- Install Capability Manager Enhanced on your site.
- Go to Users > Capabilities.
- Select “Author” from the “Select Role to View / Edit” dropdown.
- Click “Load”.
In the center of the screen, you’ll now see the Editing Capabilities for the Authors on your site:
Let’s see what these permissions mean in practice. Login as the Author and go to the “Posts” screen:
- You can edit your own posts.
- You can add new posts.
- You can NOT edit posts by other users.
To change the permissions, let’s go back to the Users > Capabilities screen. Make sure you have the “Authors” settings loaded.
- In the “Type-Specific Capabilities” box, check “Use create_posts capability”.
- Click Update”.
Now when you look back at the “Editing Capabilities” box, you’ll see a new column called “Create”.
- Uncheck the “Create” box in the “Posts” row.
- Check the “Edit Others” box in the “Posts” row.
- Uncheck the “Publish” box in the “Posts” row.
This image below shows the box when you’re finished. Click “Save Changes”.
Now when you test the Author account again you will see two key changes:
- You will NOT see the “New Post” button.
- You will be able to edit the posts written by any user.
So thanks to these changes in Capability Manager Enhanced, we’ve answered the original question. The Author role can edit published posts (theirs or others) and make those changes live without approval. But they can not create new posts themselves.
More Capability Manager Enhanced Tutorials
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- Block WordPress users from creating higher-level users
- How to delete WordPress user roles
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- Stop WordPress users from editing their published posts
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