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What is the delete_users permission in WordPress?

The delete_users permission allows you to delete other user accounts in WordPress.

However, the delete_users permission can not be used by itself. Before you can delete users, you also need the list_users permission. With both of those permissions, you can go to the Users > All Users screen and use the “Delete” button.

However, there is a heirarchy of users in WordPress. Even with the delete_users permission you can not delete users with more permissions that you. This is the WordPress heirarchy:

Who has the delete_users permission?

By default, the delete_users permission is only given to Super Admins and Administrators.

Users not in these roles are not allowed to delete users.

How can you control who has the delete_users permission?

You can control who has the delete_users permission by installing the Capability Manager Enhanced plugin.

The Capability Manager Enhanced plugin for WordPress
  • After installing Capability Manager Enhanced, go to Users > Capabilities.
  • Check or uncheck the “delete users” box in the “Other WordPress Core Capabilities” area:

All the WordPress user permissions

  • add_users
  • create_users
  • delete_users
  • edit_users
  • list_users
  • promote_users
  • remove_users

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