User Role Editor


With User Role Editor WordPress plugin you can change user role (except Administrator) capabilities easy, with a few clicks.
Just turn on check boxes of capabilities you wish to add to the selected role and click “Update” button to save your changes. That’s done.
Add new roles and customize its capabilities according to your needs, from scratch of as a copy of other existing role.
Unnecessary self-made role can be deleted if there are no users whom such role is assigned.
Role assigned every new created user by default may be changed too.
Capabilities could be assigned on per user basis. Multiple roles could be assigned to user simultaneously.
You can add new capabilities and remove unnecessary capabilities which could be left from uninstalled plugins.
Multi-site support is provided.

To read more about ‘User Role Editor’ visit this page at

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User Role Editor Pro includes extra modules:

  • Block selected admin menu items for role.
  • Hide selected front-end menu items for no logged-in visitors, logged-in users, roles.
  • Block selected widgets under “Appearance” menu for role.
  • Show widgets at front-end for selected roles.
  • Block selected meta boxes (dashboard, posts, pages, custom post types) for role.
  • “Export/Import” module. You can export user roles to the local file and import them then to any WordPress site or other sites of the multi-site WordPress network.
  • Roles and Users permissions management via Network Admin for multisite configuration. One click Synchronization to the whole network.
  • “Other roles access” module allows to define which other roles user with current role may see at WordPress: dropdown menus, e.g assign role to user editing user profile, etc.
  • Manage user access to editing posts/pages/custom post type using posts/pages, authors, taxonomies ID list.
  • Per plugin users access management for plugins activate/deactivate operations.
  • Per form users access management for Gravity Forms plugin.
  • Shortcode to show enclosed content to the users with selected roles only.
  • Posts and pages view restrictions for selected roles.
  • Admin back-end pages permissions viewer

Pro version is advertisement free. Premium support is included.

Additional Documentation

You can find more information about “User Role Editor” plugin at this page

I am ready to answer on your questions about plugin usage. Use plugin page comments for that.


  • screenshot-1.png User Role Editor main form
  • screenshot-2.png Add/Remove roles or capabilities
  • screenshot-3.png User Capabilities link
  • screenshot-4.png User Capabilities Editor
  • screenshot-5.png Bulk change role for users without roles
  • screenshot-6.png Assign multiple roles to the selected users


Installation procedure:

  1. Deactivate plugin if you have the previous version installed.
  2. Extract “” archive content to the “/wp-content/plugins/user-role-editor” directory.
  3. Activate “User Role Editor” plugin via ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress admin menu.
  4. Go to the “Users”-“User Role Editor” menu item and change your WordPress standard roles capabilities according to your needs.


  • Does it work with WordPress in multi-site environment?
    Yes, it works with WordPress multi-site. By default plugin works for every blog from your multi-site network as for locally installed blog.
    To update selected role globally for the Network you should turn on the “Apply to All Sites” checkbox. You should have superadmin privileges to use User Role Editor under WordPress multi-site.
    Pro version allows to manage roles of the whole network from the Netwok Admin.

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Installation Instructions

Installation procedure:

  1. Deactivate plugin if you have the previous version installed.
  2. Extract “” archive content to the “/wp-content/plugins/user-role-editor” directory.
  3. Activate “User Role Editor” plugin via ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress admin menu.
  4. Go to the “Users”-“User Role Editor” menu item and change your WordPress standard roles capabilities according to your needs.


Really useful and simple

If I’d tried this first I could have saved the hours that I spent trying to achieve the same thing with custom functions… Something like this is very, very useful for creating a safe environment for your users, and this one is nicely organized to help you understand all of WordPress’s many different capabilities.

Can not setting “upload file” to contributor and author

I have installed this plugin since there are positive reviews from some web source. I have tried to give right to “uplod file” for my contributor but it did not work. What is worse is i try to have experiment in author right using this plugin but i have made the author can not upload image also. Very bad plugin.

Works Well, Recommended

I have been using URE several years and it has gotten better and better. The UI improvements have helped to reduce questions and need for user guide. Works as specified in my environment with these related plug-ins – Wordfence Security Software, WP-Members and extension WP-Members User List.

Outstanding features and support

Customizing roles, creating new roles, content view restrictions, support for other plugins like Tablepress and Gravity Forms, and multisite support are some of the many features that make the User Role editor a critical asset for me to manage my organization’s website. Altogether, a great find!

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[4.40.1] 09.03.2018

  • Update: wp_roles() function (introduced with WP 4.3) was included conditionally to URE code for backward compatibility with WordPress 4.0+
  • Fix: WordPress multisite: bbPress plugin detection code was changed from checking bbPress API function existence to checking WordPress active plugins list. bbPress plugin activated for the site was not available yet for the network activated User Role Editor at the point of URE instance creation. URE did not work with bbPress roles as it should by design for that reason. URE (free version) should ignore bbPress roles and capabilities as the special efforts are required for this.

[4.40] 31.01.2018

  • Update: use wp_roles() function from WordPress API instead of initializing $wp_roles global variable directly.
  • Fix: Bug was introduced by version 4.37 with users recalculation for “All” tab after excluding users with “administrator” role. Code worked incorrectly for Japanese locale.

[4.39] 19.12.2017

  • Update: Plugin settings management code moved to the separate URE_Settings class.
  • Update: ‘create_posts’, ‘create_pages’ user capabilities are not added by default to WordPress built-in capabilities groups as they are supported by the Pro version only.
  • Update: Type checking enhanced for values received from a user input and for variable arguments inside database queries.
  • Update: Own code to build usermeta db table name was excluded. A value from $wpdb->usermeta is used instead.

[4.38] 27.11.2017

  • Security: XSS vulnerability was fixed at URE’s options page. Bug was discovered and fixed at tab index value numeric type checking. Tab index value is additionally escaped before output also.
  • Security: Deprecated code for debug output to the .log file in case of database query error was removed.
  • Security: Multiple select jQuery plugin ( was updated to the latest available version 1.2.1, which fixed XSS vulnerability, existed in earlier versions.

For full list of changes applied to User Role Editor plugin look changelog.txt file.