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Control Access to Jetpack Admin Menus

The Pro version of PublishPress Capabilities allows you to block access to admin menu links in the Jetpack plugin. This is useful because Jetpack has limited options for managing who can access the admin screens and important features.

Jetpack is a plugin built by Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com. This plugin offers many different services including backups, spam blocking, analytics, malware scans, contact forms, and more.

When you first install the Jetpack plugin, you'll see one top-level menu link, plus at least 2 sub-menus:

  • Dashboard
  • Settings
Jetpack Menu Links
Jetpack Menu Links 1

It is possible to control who can access these Jetpack links by using the PublishPress Capabilities Pro plugin.

Admin Menus
Admin Menus Woocommerce
  • In the top-left corner of this screen, choose the role that you want to edit. In the image below, I'm going to restrict Jetpack access for the “Administrator” role. If you do this, I would recommend making a copy of the Administrator role so that one role still has full Jetpack access.
Administrator Role Menus
Administrator Role Menus
  • Scroll down and you can enter a red X for any Jetpack menu link that you don't want users in the Administrator role to access.
  • Click “Save Changes”.
Block Jetpack Menu Links
Block Jetpack Menu Links

Now when an Administrator logs in to your site, they will not be able to see the Jetpack menu links that you have blocked:

Jetpack Menus Hidden
Jetpack Menus Hidden

This approach works for the core Jetpack plugin and can also be used for add-on plugins such as Jetpack CRM and others.

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