Who Can Delete Media Files in WordPress?

WordPress is very restrictive when it comes to deleting files from your site’s Media Library.

By default, only users in the “Administrator” role are able to delete images and files in WordPress.

Users in the Subscriber, Contributor, Author and Editor roles are not allowed to delete.

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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.

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What Permissions Do Authors Have in WordPress?

The “Author” role is one of 5 key user roles in WordPress, alongside “Subscriber“, “Contributor“, “Editor” and “Administrator”.

You may see the “Author” role listed in the middle of this group. Authors do have more permissions than some roles and less than others.

But don’t be fooled. Authors have few real capabilities in a WordPress site.

Here’s a rundown of what Authors can do on a default WordPress site:

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