What is the update_core permission in WordPress? #

The update_core permission allows users access to the “Updates” area, and to update the WordPress core files.

Users won't be able to update plugins or themes, but they will be able to update the WordPress core.

Update Core
Update Core

Who has the update_core permission? #

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

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

Users not in these roles are not allowed to update WordPress.

How to control who has the update_core permission #

You can control who has the update_core 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 “Admin” tab.
  • Check the box “update core”.
  • Click “Save Changes”.
Update Core Box

All the WordPress update permissions #