How to Hide Other Users’ Posts in the WordPress Admin Area
By default, WordPress users in the admin area can see all the Posts on the site, regardless of whether they are the author.
This is not a problem for many sites. After all, most Posts on most sites are publicly available – there's no need to hide them.
However, in some situations, site owners don't want authors to see the Posts that other users are working on.
Fortunately, there's an easy way to solve this problem thanks to PublishPress plugins.
Yes, this is possible. You can do it by installing the PublishPress Permissions Pro plugin.
PublishPress Permissions Pro is part of the PublishPress plugin suite and is supported by our team here.
It's as simple as installing PublishPress Permissions Pro. By default, this plugin will hide all the Posts from other users. When users in the “Author” role go to “Posts” screen they will now only see their posts.
To configure this option, go to Permissions > Settings and then click the “Core” tab. There is setting called “Hide non-editable posts”.
What this means is that users won't be able to see any posts that they can't edit.
Users in the “Author” role can only edit their own posts, so they will only see their own posts.
The image below shows what Author can see on a WordPress site before PublishPress Permissions Pro is installed and correctly configured.
And this next image shows what the same user sees after the plugin is activated and configured. Notice that the numbers across the top of the screen have changed. For example, “Published” has dropped from 20 to 8 and “Scheduled” has dropped from 28 to 20.
This set up is fully compatible with the PublishPress Authors plugin so you can still safely assign more than one author to a post.
It is also possible to block users from seeing other people's files in the WordPress Media Library.
More on permissions in the WordPress admin area
If you're curious exactly what users can see inside your WordPress admin area, check out these guides:
- What permissions do Subscribers have in WordPress?
- What permissions do Contributors have in WordPress?
- What permissions do Authors have in WordPress?
- What permissions do Editors have in WordPress?
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