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What is the manage_options permission in WordPress?

The manage_options permission allows you to access all of the links under “Settings” in the WordPress admin. The manage_options permission gives you access to these seven links:

  • Settings > General
  • Settings > Writing
  • Settings > Reading
  • Settings > Discussion
  • Settings > Permalinks
  • Settings > Miscellaneous
  • Settings > Privacy

The manage_options permission gives you access to these two links under “Tools” in the WordPress admin area:

  • Tools > Export Personal Data
  • Tools > Erase Personal Data

Who has the manage_options permission?

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

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

Users not in these roles are not allowed to access the Settings and Tools links.

How to control who has the manage_options permission

You can control who has the delete_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 “manage options” box in the “Other WordPress Core Capabilities” area.

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