WordPress Authors and Comments on Their Posts

Comments Authors

We had a question this week from a PublishPress customer who wanted to understand the relationship between authors and their WordPress posts. They wanted to know if authors could see – or perhaps even manage – comments on other people's posts.

This tutorial is a guide to understanding the control that users have over comments on posts they have written. You can also follow this link if you want a guide to moderating comments in WordPress.

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PublishPress Blocks Version 3.0 is Here

PublishPress Blocks is one of the most popular plugins we offer, with over 30,000 active users.

PublishPress Blocks has tools to help improve the Gutenberg editor. You'll find extra blocks, options to control who can use each block, and the ability to easily add CSS to each block.

We've just released version 3.0 of PublishPress Blocks. This update has a new interface that closely matches the other PublishPress plugins. This update also introduces the foundations of more key improvements in future releases, particularly around the “Block Controls” features.

I'll give you a quick guide to the changes you see when you install the new version of PublishPress Blocks.

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How to Give Elementor Users Access to One Post

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The Elementor plugin is an excellent good page-builder for WordPress sites. It is also growing very fast, with huge numbers of new downloads every day.

This week, one PublishPress customer asked us if it was possible to allow some WordPress users to edit a single post with Elementor.

Our first thought was “yes, this is easy”. We've done it before many times using this approach, this approach and others.

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Improving the Free Version of PublishPress Series

Improving Series

One of our favorite things to do is add new features to our Free plugins. It's a pleasure to release improvements for anyone to use.

The latest version of PublishPress Series has several new features that were previously only in the Pro version of the plugin.

PublishPress Series is a publishing plugin that allows you to organize posts into issues or series. This is ideal for magazines, newspapers, short-story writers, teachers, comic artists, or anyone who writes multiple posts on the same topic.

Here's an overview of what's new in PublishPress Series version 2.10.

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Who Can Delete Media Files in WordPress?

Delete Media Files

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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User Switching in WordPress and Testing User Accounts

If you run a WordPress website with many users, you probably have to answer account questions or solve website bugs for your users.

Here at PublishPress, we rely heavily on the User Testing feature in the PublishPress Capabilities plugin. This allows us to browse our site and see exactly what the user sees. User Testing is an enormously helpful feature when we're solving support questions.

We can test the user's account without needing to reset their password or create a duplicate version of their account.

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MetaSlider is Now Part of the PublishPress Family

I'm delighted to say that the MetaSlider plugin is now part of PublishPress.

The PublishPress team's mission is to help WordPress publishers succeed. We believe that maintaining and improving the MetaSlider plugin will enable us to help more publishers.

MetaSlider is one of the most popular slideshow plugins for WordPress, with over 700,000 installs and a history dating back almost ten years. We view MetaSlider as a platform for us to build a suite of image tools. In addition to the main slider features, MetaSlider has a lightbox plugin and a photo gallery that's in a “Beta” version. There will be more to come.

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How to Create a Media Manager User in WordPress

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We had a question from a PublishPress user who wanted to create a “Media Manager” user role. Their goal was to restrict the users in this role so they could only access the “Media” area of the WordPress admin. The users would have full rights to modify any file in the media library.

A “Media Manager” user role can be very useful for anyone whose site has photographers or people responsible for uploading files. These users will not be able to edit any content or make any other changes on your site.

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