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What is the create_sites permission in WordPress?

The create_sites permission allows users to add new sites to a WordPress multisite network.

The create_sites permission can't be used without the manage_network permission and the manage_sites permission. If a user has all three of these capabilities, they will be able to go to this link:

  • My Sites > Network Admin > Sites.
Sites Link
Sites Link

On this screen, the user can click “Add New” and create new sites for the network:

Add New Sites
Add New Sites

Who has the create_sites permission?

The create_sites permission is available only on multisite networks.

By default, the create_sites permission is only given to Super Admins.

Users not in the Super Admin role are not allowed to add sites to a network.

Control who has the create_sites permission

You can control who has the create_sites permission by installing the PublishPress Capabilities plugin.

  • After installing PublishPress Capabilities, go to “Capabilities” in your admin menu.
  • Choose the role you want to edit in “Select Role to View / Edit”.
  • Enter “create_sites” into the “Add Capability” box.
  • Click “Add to role”.
Create Sites
Create Sites
  • Check or uncheck the “create sites” box in the “Additional Capabilities” area.
Create Sites 1
Create Sites 1

All multisite permissions in WordPress

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