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What is the remove_users permission in WordPress?

The remove_users permission is almost identical to the delete_users permission except it has some extra multisite functionality.

Please read the delete_users article for details on how this works for single sites.

The only difference between the two permissions is on a multisite network:

  • delete_users applies to the whole network and allow Super Admins to delete users from all sites.
  • remove_users applies to single sites in the networks and allows Administrators to remove users from that site only.

This screenshot shows how users are deleted from a multisite network, using the delete_users permission. Notice that the word used is “Delete”:

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Screen Shot 2020 10 14 At 3.45.43 Pm

This screenshot shows how users are removed from a single network site, using the remove_users permission. Notice that the word used is “Remove”:

Remove Users
Remove Users

Who has the remove_users permission?

The remove_users permission is available on single WordPress sites that are part of a multisite network.

By default, the remove_users permission is only given to Super Users, and Administrators.

Users not in these roles are not allowed to remove user accounts on a WordPress site.


How can you control who has the remove_users permission?

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

  • After installing PublishPress Capabilities, go “Capabilities” in your WordPress admin menu.
  • Choose the role you want to edit in the “Select Role to View / Edit” box.
  • Check or uncheck the “remove users” box in the “Other WordPress Core Capabilities” area.
Remove Users Box
Remove Users Box

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