What is the delete_posts permission in WordPress?

The delete_posts permission allows users to delete Posts written by any WordPress user.

If users have the delete_posts permission, they will see the red “Trash” link under Posts written by any user. This includes Posts where they are the author and also Posts where another user is the author.

Trash Post
Trash Post

Users with the delete_posts permission will also see a “Move to Trash” button when editing Posts:

Who has the delete_posts permission?

The delete_posts permission is available on single WordPress sites and on multisite networks.

By default, the delete_posts permission is given to Super Admins, Administrators, and Editors.

Subscribers and Contributors can not delete Posts.

How to control who has the delete_posts permission

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

  • After installing PublishPress Capabilities, go to “Capabilities” in your WordPress admin menu.
  • Using the dropdown in the top-left corner, choose the role you want to edit.
  • Check or uncheck the box in the “Posts” row of the “Delete” column.
Delete Posts Box
Delete Posts Box

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