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What is the edit_pages permission in WordPress?

The edit_pages permission controls access to the “Pages” screen in WordPress and also allows you to create new Pages.

If you have the edit_pages permission, you will get access to these two links:

  • “All Pages”
  • “Add New”

This is an essential link for anyone that wants to interact with Pages on a WordPress site. Here are other Pages permissions that require you have have the edit_pages permission:

Who has the edit_pages permission?

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

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

Users not in these roles are not allowed to access the “Pages” screen or create new Pages.

How to control who has the edit_pages permission

You can control who has the edit_pages 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” column.
edit_pages permission inside Capability Manager Enhanced

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