Create WooCommerce Users Who Can Only View Reports

The PublishPress Capabilities plugin is one of the most popular ways to control permissions for WordPress sites.

One of the most popular uses for PublishPress Capabilities is controlling access to the WooCommerce plugin.

One customer asked us if it's possible to allow users to only view the “Reports” area of WooCommerce. I'm going to show how this is done, using the “Subscriber” user role.

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  • Install PublishPress Capabilities.
  • Go to the “Capabilities” link in your WordPress admin menu.
  • Using the dropdown in the top-left corner, choose the role whose permissions you want to edit.
  • Find the “Add Capability” box in the right sidebar.
  • Enter “view_admin_dashboard”.
  • Click “Add to role”.
  • Scroll down the page check the boxes for “view admin dashboard” and “view woocommerce reports”
Woocommerce Reports Permission
Woocommerce Reports Permission

You can now test a user in the “Subscriber” role. This is easier to do with the User Switching plugin installed. When you login as your new user, this image below shows what you will see. The user can access the “Sales reports” and “Analytics” screens, but they will not be able to see any products, or orders.

Woocommerce Reports Access
Woocommerce Reports Access

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