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Tag: Editor Features

“Editor Features” is available in the PublishPress Capabilities plugin.

“Editor Features” allows you to clean up the post editing screen. You can decide what users see when they’re writing posts.

For example, you can customize the Gutenberg Editor so users have very limited features. The users can write the post as normal, but they have no access any of the extra settings. All they can do is save the post as a “Draft” or click “Publish”.

This guide explains more about how Editor Features work.

5 Ways to Disable the Gutenberg Block Editor

Disable Gutenberg Header

The provokes a lot of debate in the WordPress world. Some people love Gutenberg – we're in that camp and built the PublishPress Blocks plugin. Some people really don't like Gutenberg and prefer to stick with the editor they've used for years.

However, most WordPress users have more mixed feelings and prefer to switch back-and-forth depending on the project. We've had several questions from PublishPress customers who want to know how to disable Gutenberg in some situations, or for some users.

In this guide, we share several different ways you can disable Gutenberg. Each option has its own methods for switching between Gutenberg and the older, .

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PublishPress Capabilities Can Hide Metaboxes, and Any Editor Feature

Hide Metaboxes

Back in June, we released “Editor Features” in the PublishPress Capabilities plugin. This allowed you to hide almost any feature on the post editing screen.

Why do I say “almost”? Because the first release of could not hide metaboxes.

I'm happy to say that you can now use PublishPress Capabilities to hide metaboxes. This means that when users are writing a post, you can hide ANYTHING that you don't want them to see.

Why would you want to hide features from your users? Some people do this so that the post editing screen is cleaner and less confusing. Other people do this for security and to prevent users from changing some key settings.

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How to Hide WordPress Metaboxes in the Post Editor

Hide Metaboxes

A WordPress website always starts by looking very clean. But after you choose a theme and install a lot of plugins, the user interface quickly becomes very crowded.

In other guides, we've shown you how to hide WordPress admin menus, hide the admin toolbar, and hide dashboard widgets. In this tutorial, we'll explain how to hide the “metaboxes” that appear below your WordPress posts and in the sidebar, when you're editing a post.

In the image below, you can see some typical metaboxes from , the PublishPress plugin, TaxoPress, and others.

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How to Use Editor Features

“Editor Features” is available in the PublishPress Capabilities plugin and allows you to clean up the post editing screen. You can decide what users see when they're writing posts. Let's show you some examples.

This is available in both the Free and Pro versions of PublishPress Capabilities.

Inside the plugin, you'll find a “Editor Features” menu link:

Editor Features Menu
Editor Features Menu

On this screen, you'll be able to choose which features to hide for different user roles:

  • There is a role selection dropdown in the top-left corner.
  • If you have both Gutenberg and Classic Editor installed, you'll see tabs for both.
  • Scroll down the screen and you can place a red X for every feature you want to hide.
Editor Features Screen
Editor Features Screen 1

Examples of how to use Editor Features

Let's show you some examples of what “Editor Features” can do.

Take a look at the screenshot below which was set up using “Editor Features”. This is the normal Gutenberg Editor but the PublishPress Capabilities plugin has been used to hide many features. The user can write the post as normal, but they have no access any of the extra settings. All they can do is save the post as a “Draft” or click “Publish”.

Clean Screen Gutenberg
Clean Screen Gutenberg

This is possible using the settings in the screenshot below. There is a red X in almost every box except for “Publish / Update”.

Only Publish
Only Publish

You can also use “Editor Features” to do exactly the opposite. You can give users access to every setting except for the “Publish” button. In the screenshot below, the user can manage everything about this post, but they can't change the status or publish it. All they can do is save new drafts.

Gutenberg No Publish
Gutenberg No Publish

If you want to remove access to the “Publish” button, you can do that using the settings in the screenshot below:

No Publish
No Publish

“Editor Features” works with Classic Editor also. You could set up your site so that user can't see anything about the post. All they can do is add Categories and Tags.

Classic Editor Cats
Classic Editor Cats

Alternatively, you can allow a user to have access to the body of a post, plus the “Featured image” box:

Featured Image Title
Featured Image Title

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