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How to Create WooCommerce Users Who Can Only View and Edit Orders

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The PublishPress Capabilities plugin is one of the most popular ways to control permissions for WooCommerce.

One PublishPress user wrote to us and asked this question:

Your plugin is amazing! I am able to get along well, except for WooCommerce. I created a role called “Order Manager” and the only thing I want this role to do is have access to Orders in WooCommerce. I want them to have full Order functionality (see orders, change order status, email invoice etc) but without being able to fully change/manage WooCommerce.

Yes, it is possible to create a WordPress user who can access WooCommerce orders, but nothing else.


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First, you will need to install WooCommerce and the PublishPress Capabilities plugin.

Next, we're going to create a new role called “Order Manager”. We're going to copy the existing “Subscriber” role because it provides a good, basic set of permissions.

  • Go to “Capabilities” in your WordPress admin menu.
  • Choose “Subscriber” in the box labeled “Select Role to View/Edit”.
  • Enter “Order Manager” in the box labeled “Copy Subscriber Role”.
  • Click “Copy”.
Creating an Order Manager for WooCommerce access
  • Make sure the “Order Manager” role is selected.
Your new Order Manager for WooCommerce access
  • In the center of the screen, select all the boxes in the “Orders” row:
Setting permissions for a user to access WooCommerce orders

We're now going to add a new permission to give Order Managers access to the WordPress admin area. Click here for more info on admin area access with WooCommerce.

  • Find the “Add Capability” box.
  • Enter “view_admin_dashboard”.
  • Click “Add to role”.
Creating a new permission for a user to access WooCommerce orders
  • Select the “view admin dashboard” box.
  • Click “Save Changes”.
Setting a permission for users to access WooCommerce
  • Now you can add a user to your new “Order Manager” role:
A new WooCommerce user in the Order Manager role

When your new user logs in, all they will see is the “Orders” screen and the “Profile” area.

A user who is able to access WooCommere orders

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