How to Add Permissions to WordPress Custom Post Types

A large number of PublishPress users have sites with custom post types.

Sometimes this is done using custom code. Sometimes it's done with a theme. Sometimes it's done with a plugin.

However, although these methods can provide many features, they rarely deal with permissions. This can be important … these custom post types often hold sensitive information.

By default, nearly all custom post types will inherit the same permissions as Posts. So a user in the “Editor” will role will automatically be able to write and edit in your custom post type.

In this guide, I'll show you how to add permissions to your custom post types. We'll use a plugin called PublishPress Capabilities.

The example post types we'll use are created using the Custom Post Type UI plugin. This provides an easy interface for generating your custom post types.

  • After installing Custom Post Type UI, go to “CPT UI” then “Add/Edit Post Types”.
  • On this screen you can create your new post type. I've called mine “New Posts”.
  • Click “Add Post Type” to finish.
Creating a new WordPress post type

You should now see your new post type in the WordPress admin menu:

  • Make sure you have PublishPress Capabilities installed.
  • Go to “Capabilities” in your WordPress admin area
  • In the top-left corner of the screen, choose the user role that you want to customize.
  • In the right sidebar, and check the “New Posts” box under “Unique Capabilities for Post Types”. Doing this will allow you control the permissions for the New Posts.
  • Click “Update”.

Look in the center of the screen and you can now see custom permissions for your new post type. You can control editing, deletion and reading capabilities for your post type:

The PublishPress plugins offer full support for all post types. For example, you can set up different statuses for different post types, control access to custom post types and even set up pre-publishing checklists for custom post types.

  • Steve Burge

    Steve is the founder of PublishPress. He's been working with open source software for over 20 years. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Sarasota in the USA. This profile is generated by the PublishPress Authors plugin.

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