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 Write, edit and delete their own unpublished posts.

What are Private Posts and Pages in WordPress?

Private

“Private” is one of eight post statuses available in WordPress. These statuses control whether WordPress posts are visible to the entire world, waiting for moderation, or sent to the trash to await deletion.

When you write in WordPress, you will most commonly see the Draft, Pending Review and Publish statuses.

The Private status is used less frequently, but it can be useful in some situations. Private posts are for content that you only want high-level users to see. These posts are most useful for internal communication and documentation. I would not recommend storing top-secret information in these posts, but rather want to hide content from regular users.

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How to Stop WordPress Users from Editing Published Posts

Stop Editing

Many requests from PublishPress revolve around published posts.

Some site owners want to stop their users from updating published content.

Other site owners want to go further and stop their users from editing published content at all. This is because their content often needs an approval process. And what's the point of an approval process if people can go in later and make any changes they want?

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How To Use the User Switching Plugin in WordPress

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

Here at PublishPress, we rely heavily on the User Switching plugin. This allows us to browse our site and see exactly what the user sees. User Switching is enormously helpful 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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How to See Your Pending Review Posts in WordPress

By default, WordPress does not allow you to see a list of your own “Pending Review” posts.

If you're not quite sure what “Pending Review” means in WordPress, read this guide to Pending Review vs Draft.

The inability to easily see the post you've submitted for review can be frustrating.

The image below shows the filters on top of the “Posts” screen in WordPress. As you can see, there are a lot of available filters. However, you can't use more than one of the top row of filters. You can either click “Mine” or you can click “Pending Review” … you can't choose both at the same time.

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