How to Restore the Default WordPress User Permissions

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 Capability Manager Enhanced. This plugin has an option to delete all the current permissions and user roles, and restore the WordPress defaults.

The Capability Manager Enhanced plugin for WordPress

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

  • Install Capability Manager Enhanced.
  • In your WordPress admin menu, go to Tools > Capability Manager.
  • 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!”

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

Capability Manager Enhanced will ask you if you’re really sure you want to do this. Click “OK” to continue.

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

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