How To Hide the Edit Link For WordPress Posts

We had an interesting question from a PublishPress customer this week. They wanted to hide the “Edit” link on published WordPress posts.

This customer wanted to make sure his users clicked the “New Revision” link instead of editing the post directly. This “New Revisions” link is coming from the PublishPress Revisions plugin, which gives you a safe space for working on content updates. Removing the “Edit” link will prevent the users from making unapproved changes to published content.

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What Do WordPress Users See in the Admin Toolbar?

What Users See Toolbar

WordPress sites display an admin toolbar for all logged-in users. This is visible on the frontend of your site and also in the WordPress admin area.

This toolbar contains shortcuts to key features in WordPress, but what the user sees will depend on their user role. A user in the “Subscriber” role will only see a few features. A user in the Administrator role may see a very busy toolbar.

In this blog post, we'll give you an introduction to what users in different roles may see in the admin toolbar. If you want to hide the admin toolbar for users, follow this guide.

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Block Controls Are Now Available in PublishPress Blocks

Block Controls Header

The PublishPress Blocks plugin is growing in a new direction.

The latest release of PublishPress Blocks (version 2.14) introduces a feature called “Block Controls”. This will give you the ability to control who sees your blocks and when they display.

This first “Block Controls” setting allows you to schedule blocks to publish and unpublish. Every block can have a “Start showing” and “Stop showing” option.

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Automatically Add Terms to Your WordPress Posts with TaxoPress

Automatic Terms

If you have a busy site with lots of content, it can be difficult to keep it organized. Normally, WordPress sites use Tags and Categories to organize content. However, if you're publishing 10, 100 or even 1,000's of posts every day, it can be hard to find and add the correct Tags and Categories.

One solution is to use the TaxoPress plugin. TaxoPress has an “Auto Terms” feature that can scan your content and automatically assign terms. These can be existing terms on your site, or entirely new terms chosen by analyzing your posts.

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How to Hide WordPress Dashboard Widgets

Hide Widgets Dashboard

When you log in to a WordPress site, you will see boxes full of information. These are called “Dashboard Widgets”.

You will probably see a “Welcome to WordPress!” widget with lots of useful links. There's also a “WordPress Events and News” widget with official updates. There's an “At a Glance” widget so you can quickly see key statistics for your site.

Those are only some of the default widgets. And when you add plugins, they will also add extra widgets. In the image below, you can see a widget called “Easy Digital Downloads Sales” which comes from a plugin.

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How to Create an Inbox for WordPress Authors

Inbox Authors

This week, we talked with a PublishPress customer who has a busy site with many posts from different authors. They wanted to create an “inbox” effect, where the WordPress “Posts” screen is like a personal email inbox for each author.

In the image below, you can see posts from multiple different authors. This can be confusing for users. Our customer wanted to avoid that situation. They wanted to create an inbox where your authors can only see their own posts.

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How to Hide WordPress Metaboxes in the Post Editor

Hide Metaboxes

A WordPress website always starts by looking very clean. But after you choose a theme and install a lot of plugins, the user interface quickly becomes very crowded.

In other guides, we've shown you how to hide WordPress admin menus, hide the admin toolbar, and hide dashboard widgets. In this tutorial, we'll explain how to hide the “metaboxes” that appear below your WordPress posts and in the sidebar, when you're editing a post.

In the image below, you can see some typical metaboxes from Yoast SEO, the PublishPress plugin, TaxoPress, and others.

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User Capabilities Are Different on Multisite Networks

Network Permissions

WordPress allows you to build multisite networks. This is an awesome feature and enables you to manage many sites from a single WordPress installation.

However, some WordPress features do work differently on a multisite network. If you normally manage a single site, you may have to adjust your thinking. One of these features is permissions.

In this guide, I'll show what to look out for when you're managing users on a multisite network. Click here to see how to modify user permissions on multisite.

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Automatically Create Tags for Users in WordPress Roles

Create Tags

We had an interesting question from a PublishPress user this week:

Is there any way to automatically add a specific tag if the user is in a certain role?

For example, Authors will always get “Tag A” added and Editors will always get “Tag B” added. Yes, this is possible with a little code.

Once this is done, you can use the Tags to organize the content or to trigger other functionality. For example, you can use PublishPress notifications to send an email for any post that has the Tag you choose.

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How to Use the Last Modified Date for WordPress Posts

Last Modified

The Last Modified Date is a useful WordPress feature that shows when content was last changed.

This can be helpful if you want people to know when the post was updated. I've seen this used for news articles, documentation, and even legal and technical information. It can also be helpful if you use a content schedule to plan your WordPress content.

The Last Modified Date does not appear by default on most WordPress sites. You won't see it in the WordPress admin area, or on the frontend.

I'm going to show you how to enable this feature on your site.

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