Tag: WordPress User Roles

Allow WordPress User Roles To See Specific Media Files

We had an interesting question from a PublishPress user. They wanted to create a WordPress user role where all users in this role could only see specific media files. They did not want the users in this role to be able to see other media files.

This request is possible thanks to the PublishPress Permissions plugin. With the Permissions plugin, it's possible to limit a user role to seeing only specific media files. In this guide, I'll show you how to control access to single or multiple files in the WordPress Media Library.

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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 Editor Features 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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Where are WordPress Users and Permissions Stored in the Database?

Db Permissions

Several of our PublishPress plugins allow you to control what users can do on your WordPress site. These plugins allow you to change user permissions via the WordPress admin area.

However, there's a lot going on behind the scenes. PublishPress customers often have questions from users about WordPress permissions and where they are stored in the database. This post is an introduction to those database tables.

One thing to note: although most people refer to “user permissions” or perhaps “user access”, WordPress uses the word “capabilities”.

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How to Control Access to the Theme Editor in WordPress

Theme Editor Header

The Theme Editor in WordPress allows you make direct changes to your site's theme files.

This is not always a good idea because changes made via the Theme Editor can easily take your site offline. There is no “undo” or “rollback” button if you make a mistake.

In fact, you will see this message when you visit the “Theme Editor” screen:

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PublishPress Permissions Free Has More than 5 Big New Features

PublishPress Permissions is our plugin for advanced WordPress permissions. It goes far beyond the options you'll find in the WordPress core.

Our goal is to provide the most useful and flexible permission options in WordPress, so we just released a very significant update for the Free version of the plugin.

The Free version is available on WordPress.org and has a ton of new features, giving you the flexibility to customize permissions on your site.

There are more new features than I can cover in one blog post. So I'll give you an overview of 5 of the key new features that you'll see in this version.

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PublishPress 1.11 Has Big Improvements for User Roles

PublishPress is based on another WordPress plugin called Edit Flow.

Edit Flow was a wonderful plugin, but many of the key features were implemented in 2009 / 2010.

WordPress has become a different platform over the last 8 years. So as we develop PublishPress, we're updating some of the older Edit Flow features that need a different approach for 2018. One of those older features was the user groups.

In this post, I'll give you an overview of how Edit Flow/PublishPress used to handle user groups. I'll then explain what's changed in this latest release of PublishPress.

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