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What is the edit_others_posts permission in WordPress?

The edit_others_posts permission allows you to edit Pages that are written by other users on a WordPress site.

The main goal of this permission is to allow or prevent people from editing Posts that they did not create.

If you have the edit_others_pages permission, you will see the “Edit” and “Quick Edit” links on the “Pages” screen.

Editing permissions given by the  edit_published_pages permissions

Who has the edit_others_posts permission?

The edit_others_posts permission is available on single WordPress sites and on multisite networks.

By default, the edit_others_posts permission is only given to Super Users, Administrators and Editors.

Users not in these roles are not allowed to edit published Posts written by other users.

How to control who has the edit_others_posts permission

You can control who has the edit_others_posts 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 box in the “Pages” row of the “Edit others” column.
The WordPress edit_published_pages permission box in Capability Manager Enhanced

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