What is the switch_themes permission in WordPress? #

The switch_themes permission allows users to choose a new active theme for a WordPress site.

If you have the switch_themes permission, you will be able to go to “Appearance” and click “Add New”. From here, you can click “Activate” and choose a new theme for your site.

Activate Theme
Activate Theme

Who has the switch_themes permission? #

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

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

Users not in these roles are not allowed to change the theme on a site.

How to control who has the switch_themes permission #

You can control who has the switch_themes 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 “Themes” tab.
  • Check the box “switch themes”.
  • Click “Save Changes”.
Switch Themes

All the WordPress theme capabilities #