How to Give Elementor Users Access to One Post

Elementor One Post 1

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.

However, more testing revealed that a workaround is needed for Elementor. This is because Elementor can only be used if you have the edit posts permission.

The edit_posts permission is very powerful and allows far more access than our customer wanted to give this user. They only wanted to allow access to one post.

Here is a workaround that you can use restrict access to Elementor posts. It's worth nothing a very similar technique also works for controlling access to Beaver Builder pages. These page builders can add a little complexity to WordPress: it's definitely easier to give specific permission to normal WordPress posts.

Video tutorial

Step #1. Create a new user role

First, we're going to copy the Subscriber role because it has very limited permissions. Click here for more on creating new user roles.

Elementor User
Elementor User
  • Under “Type-Specific Capabilities”, check the box saying “Use create_posts capability”.
  • Click “Update”.
Create Posts Capability
Create Posts Capability
  • In the “Editing Capabilities” area, check the box for “Edit” in the “Posts” row.
  • Place a red X in all the other boxes of the “Posts” row.

What are we are doing here is giving the edit_posts permission, but also removing all the other key permissions.

Editing Capbilities
Editing Capbilities

Step #2. Give Access to a Post

  • Go to “Posts” in your WordPress admin menu.
  • Edit a post.
  • Scroll down to the “Permissions: Edit this Post” box.
  • Choose “Enabled” for the “Elementor User” role.
Select Elementor Role
Select Elementor Role

Step #3. Create and Test the User

  • Go to “Users” in your WordPress admin area.
  • Create a user in your new role.
Elementor Account
Elementor Account

Now it's time to test your new user. You can either login as the new user in different browser, or reply on a plugin such as User Switching.

When you login as your new user, this image shows what you will see. The user will have very limited access, but they will be able to edit the post you gave access to. The PublishPress Permissions plugin is hiding any posts that they can not access.

Single Post
Single Post

We hope this guide helped you. Elementor is growing quickly, but the plugin doesn't make it easy to modify permissions (and some options are restricted to the Pro version). However, the PublishPress plugins can make it easier, whether you want to control access to specific posts, or to Elementor's Templates Screen. For more control over Elementor, check out this guide on managing access to Elementor admin screens.

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