What is the read_private_pages permission in WordPress? #

The read_private_pages permission allows users to view WordPress Pages if they are in the Private status.

Normally, Pages in the Private status are not meant to be seen by other WordPress users, so please be careful before giving this permission.

If users have the read_private_pages permission, they will NOT be able to see Private Pages in the WordPress admin area. However, they will be able to view Private Pages on the frontend of your site.

“read” in “read_private_pages” only refers to the visitor-facing area of WordPress.

Who has the read_private_pages permission? #

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

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

Subscribers and Contributors can not read Private Pages.

How to control who has the read_private_pages permission #

You can control who has the read_private_page 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.
  • Click the “Reading” tab.
  • Check or uncheck the box in the “Pages” row of the “Read private” column.
Read Private Pages

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