The WordPress content management system is a great solution for websites of all types. Bloggers, publishers and even magazine owners have found a way to adapt WordPress to their needs. But, WordPress wouldn’t be the platform that it is today if it wasn’t for the ability to greatly extend it beyond its basic features. One of the most impactful trends in the recent years has been the adaptation of community-based blogs which encourage people to create an account on their favorite blogger’s website. As a result, the demand for user role plugins has grown exponentially.
If you enable subscription-based modules or wish to restrict certain premium content, the best way to go about this is through user permission management. Multitude of such plugins exist, and we have rounded up in this post the best of the best WordPress plugins with which you can edit and organize user permissions, roles, and user groups.
The WPFront User Role Editor plugin effortlessly adds custom permissions management functionality to your WordPress blog. With this plugin, you can create new roles and/or edit and delete old ones. The extended PRO version includes more specific tools for established brand sites who manage hundreds of users.
- You can create and assign names for new roles.
- Quick copy import for existing user roles.
- Permission based navigation menus.
- Give each user multiple roles based on your strategy.
The Advanced Access Manager (or AAM for short) is a universal plugin for comprehensive management of front-end and back-end permissions for all your website users. You can do simple things like block user access to the dashboard, or assign specific user groups to unique content. The latter is an ideal solution for a WordPress website which wants to promote premium content. Other tools this plugin includes is the ability to track user activity, which can give you a solid overview of how users use your site, and whether they are using it as you intend.
- Custom user permissions for posts and categories.
- Redirect users to specific pages based on roles/groups.
- Craft unique permissions and capabilities for any user.
- Filter out widgets which you don’t want to show to a specific group of users.
The User Role Editor is a wonderful starting point to understand how permissions work within the WordPress ecosystem. If it is your intention to create a more organized platform with custom user permissions, then this plugin is exactly what you need to take care of permission management. It’s as simple as selecting a particular user group and updating individual permissions.
- Change default user roles and permissions for new users.
- Delete default roles and create new ones.
- Manage plugin permissions and/or remove plugin permissions altogether.
- Supports multisite websites.
Established brands who use WordPress as their primary platform are bound to evolve beyond the basics of WordPress capabilities. A good example is adding a memberships plugin to your site which requires custom permissions for different levels of subscriptions. Furthermore, it’s usually the navigation menu that gets most of the custom permissions management. For example, when users log in with their account they might have a unique user role which would grant them new navigation items. With the Nav Menu Roles, you can assign custom user roles for different navigation menus.
- Can be combined with other user role plugins for maximum functionality.
- Easy user interface, just go to Menus panel and select custom user roles.
- Includes a shortcode in the event of a theme error.
- Menu items can be restricted to a minmum level role.
The Profile Builder has upwards of 50,000 active users, which says a lot for a plugin that adds a unique approach to profile building to a WordPress website. With Profile Builder anyone and everyone can transform their WordPress blog into a bustling social community. Once you install Profile Builder your users can begin to manage their user profiles from the front-end pages of your site. The best use case scenario is to use a plugin like this for a viral community website.
- Adds comprehensive user profiles to your WP blog.
- Administrators can use drag and drop interface to manage the plugin settings and appearance.
- You can create new user fields and assign permissions for custom pages.
- Advanced modules system which comes with the Pro version.
The need to manage user roles in WordPress usually comes down to the need to control how your content appears for different users. As a result, one of the more concise solutions to user role management is membership plugins. Fortunately, WordPress devs have provided the community with dozens of amazing plugins of this nature. And they all include comprehensive features for managing/adding/editing user permissions. The Ultimate Member has over 50k users and hundreds of positive 5-star reviews.
- Powerful front-end user interface for user profiles.
- Users can get their own user control panel.
- Custom user roles with custom permissions.
- Condititional logic queries which can be based on user permissions.
The User Roles and Capabilities is a seamless WP plugin for adding new user roles and editing their permissions. You can add new roles or delete existing ones. Furthermore, the plugin blocks out the ability to manage administrator permissions. Which is a wonderful addition because if a malicious attacker takes over your account you don’t have to worry about getting compltely locked out. Furthermore, you can remove any of the existing default user roles created by WordPress.
- Quality reassurance by the WordPress QA team.
- Create custom import/export files for user roles.
- Give one user more than a single role. Great for magazines.
- Universal dashboard to manage all roles at once.
The Members plugin from Justin Tadlock (Theme Hybrid) is a powerful WordPress membership solution with 100,000’s of users. The core vision of this plugin is to empower WordPress blogs with more features to make the CMS ecosystem even more powerful. The level of customization this plugin provides is on point and will solve problems even for resource heavy websites. This plugin puts you in control over permissions on your site by providing a user interface (UI) for WordPress’ powerful role and cap system, which is traditionally only available to developers who know how to code this by hand.
- Create new roles and add permissions individually.
- Quickly clone an existing role for quicker editing workflow.
- Assign custom permissions for blog content based on user roles.
- The ability to make your site exlusively private and accessible only be specified groups.
It’s not just ad blockers that are making WordPress bloggers to reconsider their content strategy. It’s also things like fake news and general overflow of thin content. The days of finding trustworthy content are quickly dissipating, and one good alternative is to create subscription-based communities. However, getting to that point isn’t as straightforward. Apart from user role plugins, you also need to figure out subscription models amongst other things. But, a good place to start is to figure out how you’re going to separate premium content from existing blog posts you have on your blog. A good place to start is by using the Restrict User Access plugin. With a simple plugin, you can isolate parts of your website to a specific group of people.
- Users can have multiple levels of permissions.
- Hide navigation menus for user roles.
- Create drip-based content flows for new users.
- Protect content with shortocdes and encourage users to sign up.
Last but not least here is something for all you WooCommerce users who operate an eCommerce platform. While price manipulation isn’t something we encourage, what we do encourage is to reward your best customers with special offers. For example, using this plugin you can divide your customers into groups of “New”, “Subscribed”, and “Premium”. You can base the data of user levels by seeing how involved they have been with buying/purchasing products from your store. Then, when you have the data at hand you can use this plugin to create new prices based on the particular user level that each customer has accumulated over time.
- Super clean User Interface.
- Friendly towards developers who want to further extend the functionality.
- Shortcodes for getting the user-type price.
- Block out products based on user roles.