Importing to PublishPress Permissions

PublishPress does not currently have a CSV import feature. However, some import options are available if you use phpMyAdmin or a similar database tool and are able to construct and execute queries.

Please feel free to contact us if you need help with your import.

First, use the normal PublishPress Permissions configuration screens to create some sample groups, group members and roles / exceptions.

Once your sample data is stored, go into phpMyAdmin and browse each of the following tables in a separate tab. The actual table name will have your database prefix:

  • pp_groups
  • pp_group_members
  • ppc_roles
  • ppc_exceptions
  • ppc_exception_items

Take a look at the columns and values in each of those to get a feel for how your data is stored.

When you are ready to insert new permission groups, open up the SQL tab on the pp_groups table. You will be constructing queries like this. Don't forget to apply your database prefix:

INSERT INTO 'pp_groups' (group_name, group_description) VALUES ('New Group Name', 'New Description');
INSERT INTO 'pp_groups' (group_name, group_description) VALUES ('Another Group Name', 'Another Description');
INSERT INTO 'pp_groups' (group_name, group_description) VALUES ('Some Group Name', 'Some Description');

These can be pasted into the phpMyAdmin window and executed all at once. You can imagine how you could use a spreadsheet to expedite the construction of those strings.

After creating the new groups, you will need to reload the pp_groups browse view and note the group_id values that were auto-created. These will be used in your group member insertions:

INSERT INTO 'pp_group_members' (group_id, user_id) VALUES (yourNewGroupID, yourActualUserID);
INSERT INTO 'pp_group_members' (group_id, user_id) VALUES (yourNewGroupID, anotherActualUserID);

You can follow a similar approach with the ppc_roles, ppc_exceptions and ppc_exception_items tables. For role_name value, note the pattern shown in your existing data. For example, a Page Author role is ‘author:post:page'

INSERT INTO 'ppc_roles' (agent_id, agent_type, role_name) VALUES (yourGroupID, 'pp_group', 'author:post:page');

– or –

INSERT INTO 'ppc_roles' (agent_id, agent_type, role_name) VALUES (yourUserID, 'user', 'author:post:page');

If you are inserting exceptions, note that ppc_exception_items rows are each associated with a single ppc_exception_item row (corresponding exception_id value). There is:

  • ppc_exceptions row per distinct combination of user / group, post type, post operation and modification type
  • related ppc_exception_items row for each post or term

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