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What is the import permission in WordPress?

The import permission allows users to import content and media to a WordPress site.

This permission will not work unless you also have the export permission.

If you have both the export and import permissions, you will be able to go to “Tools” and then “Import”. Initially, the screen will not have any options:

Import Screen
Import Screen

The Import process relies on plugins. Any user with the install_plugins permission will be able to add import options. This screenshot below shows the options available on the “Import” screen to a user with the install_plugins permission.

Install Plugins Import
Install Plugins Import

Who has the import permission?

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

By default, the import permission is only given to Super Admins and Administrators.

Users not in these roles are not allowed to import site data.


How to control who has the import permission

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

  • After installing PublishPress Capabilities, go to “Capabilities” in your WordPress admin menu.
  • In “Select Role to View/Edit”, choose the role you want to edit.
  • Check the box “import”.
  • Click “Save Changes”.
Import Permission
Import Permission

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