How to Restore the Default User Permissions on a WordPress site

In some situations, you may need to completely refresh your WordPress site.

If you find yourself needing to reset your WordPress user permissions, this is possible with a plugin called PublishPress Capabilities. This plugin has an option to delete all the current permissions and user roles, and restore the WordPress defaults.

Here's the process to follow if you want to restore the default WordPress permissions.

  • Install PublishPress Capabilities.
  • In your WordPress admin menu, go to Capabilities > Tools.
  • Look for the area marked “Reset Roles to WordPress Defaults”.

Before you take this step, make sure to read the warning:

“WARNING: This will delete and/or modify stored role definitions. If you have installed any plugin that adds new roles or capabilities, these will be lost. It is recommended to use this only as a last resort!”

WARNING: This will delete and/or modify stored role definitions

If you want to proceed, click the “Reset to WordPress defaults” link.

PublishPress Capabilities will ask you if you’re really sure you want to do this. Click “OK” to continue.

Reset permissions to WordPress defaults

Once the process is complete, you’ll see the message, “Roles and Capabilities reset to WordPress defaults”.

Roles and Capabilities reset to WordPress defaults

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Steve is the founder of PublishPress. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Sarasota in the USA. (P.S. This profile is generated by the PublishPress Authors plugin)

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