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What is the edit_theme_options permission in WordPress?

The edit_theme_options permission is one of the most important in WordPress.

If you have the edit_theme_options permission, you will see these links in the WordPress admin area:

  • Appearance > Themes
  • Appearance > Customize
  • Appearance > Widgets
  • Appearance > Menus

You'll also be able to see the “Customize” link in the WordPress admin bar, if it's supported by your theme.

This permission is vital because it allows you to customize theme options, control the display of widgets, create menus, and create menu links.

Who has the edit_theme_options permission?

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

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

Users not in these roles are not allowed to edit the site's themes, menus, menu links, or widgets.

How to control who has the edit_theme_options permission

You can control who has the edit_theme_options 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 “edit_theme_options” column.

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