[wp-hackers] Partial admin capabilities

Jeremy Clarke jer at simianuprising.com
Wed Jul 28 19:00:09 UTC 2010

I have a feeling this thread is proposing solutions that are unnecessarily
complicated based on his initial question:

On Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 6:02 PM, Ryan Bilesky <rbilesky at gmail.com> wrote:

> The purpose of this would be
> to restrict certain actions to just me, even though I have other
> "administrators" on the blog, I want them to have some of the admin
> capabilities but not all,

Ryan, are you aware that the role/capability system allows for the creation
of new roles with customized sets of capabilities? To accomplish what you
describe all you need to do is create a role which has the set of caps that
you want your sub-admins to have, but not the ones you want to keep for

You can do this either by creating a whole new role with the caps you want,
or by adding the missing ones to the 'editor' role, and giving that to your
sub-admins. The default roles (contributor, author, editor, administrator)
are just defaults, you can have whatever combinations of powers that you

That said you need a plugin to modify the roles and capabilities. Luckily
all plugins that do this are similar in that they use a hidden API in
wordpress, so if your plugin stops working there will probably be a new one
you can switch to which will understand whatever you already changed.

I use this one lately. It's not perfect but it works:

Anyone have recommendations for a better one? I'd love one that has all the
powers the broken old Role Manager plugin had (esp. the ability to assign
custom caps to specific users without creating a whole new role, which the
API supports but Capability Manager does not).

Jeremy Clarke
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