Tag: Author Role

The “Author” role is one of the default user roles in WordPress, alongside “Subscriber”, “Contributor”, “Editor” and “Administrator”. Authors have a medium level of access to WordPress: more permissions than some roles and less than others.

Here’s a rundown of what Authors can do on a default WordPress site:

  1. Edit, delete and publish their own posts
  2. Write comments
  3. Upload files to the Media Library

PublishPress Capabilities Has a New Roles Screen

Roles Screen 1

PublishPress Capabilities 2.3.5 is available now and the major new feature is a “Roles” screen. This is one place where you can view and manage all the user roles on your site.

This Roles screen is going to be the cornerstone of many new features we'll add to PublishPress Capabilities in the next few months.

In this release, you'll also find a new Export and Import feature to help you move settings between sites.

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How to Set Default Access in PublishPress Permissions

Default Access

Earlier this week, we had a question from a PublishPress user. They are using PublishPress Permissions to control access to specific posts and pages.

In the image below, you can see the metabox from the PublishPress Permissions plugin. For each role, you can choose whether or not they can edit this page. The Author and Contributor roles are set to “No”. The Administrator and Editor roles are set to “Yes”.

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How to Create an Inbox for WordPress Authors

Inbox Authors

This week, we talked with a PublishPress customer who has a busy site with many posts from different authors. They wanted to create an “inbox” effect, where the WordPress “Posts” screen is like a personal email inbox for each author.

In the image below, you can see posts from multiple different authors. This can be confusing for users. Our customer wanted to avoid that situation. They wanted to create an inbox where your authors can only see their own posts.

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Block Access Allows You to Control Blocks for User Roles

Block Access

“Block Access” is one of the most popular features in the PublishPress Blocks plugin. This feature allows you to control which blocks are available to different user roles.

For example, if you want to prevent some user roles from adding “Table” blocks, you can block them from doing that with this feature.

In version 2.10 of Blocks, we've simplified the “Block Access” feature. The system is now based on user roles and is very similar to the PublishPress Capabilities plugin.

  • To get started, go to “Blocks”, then “Block Access”.
  • In the top-left corner, you can choose the user role you want to edit.

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A WordPress Workflow for Assigning and Submitting Posts

Workflow Steps

This week we talked with a PublishPress customer who wanted to build an approval process for his website. His goal is to allow administrators to assign empty posts to authors, who can then add the content and pass them back to the administrator for approval. Here are the four steps in that workflow:

  1. Admin creates a post.
  2. Admin assigns the post to an author.
  3. Author adds content to the posts.
  4. Author submits the post to the Admin for approval.

In this guide, we'll explain how to set up this workflow on your WordPress site.

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How to Show or Hide Other Users’ Posts in WordPress

Show Hide Posts

By default, WordPress users in the admin area can see all the Posts on the site, regardless of whether they are the author.

This is not a problem for many sites. After all, most Posts on most sites are publicly available – there's no need to hide them.

However, in some situations, site owners don't want authors to see the Posts that other users are working on. For example, one PublishPress customer wanted to create a private inbox for WordPress users.

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How to Enable Lazy Loading for WordPress Comments

Lazy Loading Comments

“Lazy Loading” is a technique that helps the important parts of your site load quickly for visitors.

Lazy Loading makes sure that page elements that are non-critical will load after the more important elements.

Imagine you open an article you want to read on the internet. Usually, you would start at the title and perhaps eventually read down to the comments. It makes perfect sense to load the title first and then load the comments later.

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How to Create Private Journals in WordPress

Private Journals

One PublishPress user wrote to us and asked about this situation: “I would like every user to get a place where they can enter their own journal entries that no one else can see.”

This it is possible to set up private journals with the PublishPress plugins, and I'll explain how in this post.

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