What is the upload_files permission in WordPress?

The “upload_files” capability is one of the most important in WordPress.

If users don’t have the “upload_files” capability, they completely lose access to the Media Library. They can’t upload files or even browse media on your site.

If users do not have the “upload_files” capability, this image below shows what they will see when they use an image block in Gutenberg. They will see the message, “Given your current role, you can only link an image, you cannot upload.”

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What Permissions do Contributors Have in WordPress?

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

Contributors are close to the bottom of the permissions ladder in WordPress. They have very few permissions. This role is designed to allow people to write content for your site, but they do not have permission to publish without approval.

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

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What Permissions do Editors Have in WordPress?

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

Editors have a great deal of permissions when it comes to the content on your site. This role is designed to allow users to manage your content. They can publish, edit and delete any content on your site. However, they are normally not allowed to change any settings on your site.

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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.

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