Tag: Contributor Role

The “Contributor” role is one of the default user roles in WordPress, alongside “Subscriber”, “Author”, “Editor” and “Administrator”.

Contributors are close to the bottom of the permissions ladder in WordPress. They have very few permissions. This role is designed to allow people to write content for your site, but they do not have permission to publish without approval.

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

  1. Read posts
  2. Write comments
  3. Write, edit and delete their own unpublished posts.

WordPress Authors and Comments on Their Posts

Comments Authors

We had a question this week from a PublishPress customer who wanted to understand the relationship between authors and their WordPress posts. They wanted to know if authors could see – or perhaps even manage – comments on other people's posts.

This tutorial is a guide to understanding the control that users have over comments on posts they have written. You can also follow this link if you want a guide to moderating comments in WordPress.

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Who Can Delete Media Files in WordPress?

Delete Media Files

WordPress is very restrictive when it comes to deleting files from your site's Media Library.

By default, only users in the “Administrator” role are able to delete images and files in WordPress. Users in the Subscriber, Contributor, Author and Editor roles are not allowed to delete.

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User Switching in WordPress and Testing User Accounts

If you run a WordPress website with many users, you probably have to answer account questions or solve website bugs for your users.

Here at PublishPress, we rely heavily on the User Testing feature in the PublishPress Capabilities plugin. This allows us to browse our site and see exactly what the user sees. User Testing is an enormously helpful feature when we're solving support questions.

We can test the user's account without needing to reset their password or create a duplicate version of their account.

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What Do WordPress Users See in the Admin Toolbar?

What Users See Toolbar

WordPress sites display an admin toolbar for all logged-in users. This is visible on the frontend of your site and also in the WordPress admin area.

This toolbar contains shortcuts to key features in WordPress, but what the user sees will depend on their user role. A user in the “Subscriber” role will only see a few features. A user in the Administrator role may see a very busy toolbar.

In this blog post, we'll give you an introduction to what users in different roles may see in the admin toolbar. If you want to hide the admin toolbar for users, follow this guide.

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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 Control Permissions for the Contact Form 7 Plugin

Contact Form 7 Header

Contact Form 7 is one of the most popular plugins in the WordPress world. However, it is a fairly basic plugin that lacks some key features such as access control.

In this guide, I'll show you how to control access to Contact Form 7 features. We'll use the PublishPress Capabilities plugin. If you want to take this tutorial a step further, check out how to control access to Contact Form 7 admin menus.

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Control Permissions for the Flamingo Plugin (with Contact Form 7)

Flamingo

Contact Form 7 is one of the most popular WordPress plugins ever, with over 5 million installs.

Contact Form 7 is so popular that even it's add-ons can have 100,000's of users. Click here for our guide to Contact Form 7 permissions and there's also a guide to controlling access to Contact Form 7 admin menus.

Flamingo is a plugin which stores messages submitted through Contact Form 7. Flamingo was written by Takayuki Miyoshi, who also developed Contact Form 7.

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