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Restrict WordPress Users to Posting in One Category

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With the PublishPress Permissions Pro plugin, you can stop users from posting in certain categories.

In this example, I'm going to allow users in the “Author” role to post only in a category called “Author Category” (click here to read about the default Author role).

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  • Go to “Users” in your WordPress admin area and create an account in the Author user role:
Create an Author accoiunt
  • Go to “Posts” and “Categories” and choose the category you want to use:
Create a WordPress category for Authors
  • Go to Permissions > Groups.
  • Click to edit the “WP Author” role.
Edit the WordPress Author role

This next step is going to be the key step. We're going to use PublishPress Permissions to create an “Exception” so that Authors can only assign the “Author Category” to their Posts.

  • Click “Add Exceptions”.
  • Post Type: choose “Post”.
  • Post Operation: choose “Assign Term”.
  • Adjustment: choose “Only these”.
  • Qualification: choose “Categories”.
  • Select Categories: choose your category, which in this example is “Author Category”.
  • Click the “Add Exceptions” button.
Allow Authors to only post in one WordPress category

PublishPress Permissions will now show you the details so you can double-check them. Click “Save Exceptions” if it looks like the image below.

Allowing Authors to only post in one WordPress category

That's all there is to it. You're ready to go! Log into your WordPress site as an Author, and when you create a Post, only one Category will be available:

A WordPress post with only one available category

If this guide was helpful, you might be interested in the opposite process: how to prevent WordPress users from posting in category.

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