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I did try using the plugin Front End Users but this clashes with something as it prevents access to some front end pages. So I need to manually just set it so that anyone who isn't one of two usernames (or roles) can't access wp-admin.

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It's basically just a user capability check, followed by a redirect in an exit call. It then redirects to the site the request came from.

! defined( 'ABSPATH' ) AND exit;
/* Plugin Name: (#66093) »kaiser« Deny Admin-UI access for certain roles */

function wpse66093_no_admin_access()
    $redirect = isset( $_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER'] ) ? $_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER'] : home_url( '/' );
    if ( 
        current_user_can( 'USER_ROLE_NAME_HERE' )
        OR current_user_can( '2ND_ROLE_NAME_HERE' )
        exit( wp_redirect( $redirect ) );
add_action( 'admin_init', 'wpse66093_no_admin_access', 100 );
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so I put this at the top of my functions.php file? –  Nicola Sep 24 '12 at 12:54
Either somewhere in your functions.php, or in your plugin or mu-plugins folder. As this isn't something about displaying stuff, it belongs imho in a plugin, hence the plugin header. This has the benfit that this functionality doesn't get lost, when you're changing your theme. Just change the user role names, upload it and you're done. –  kaiser Sep 24 '12 at 12:59
It doesn't work. I changed the user role names to my two roles than can access it. Then I changed it to a capability e.g. Add users and I am still able to access the backend as another user role –  Nicola Sep 24 '12 at 15:28
@Nicola There's a huge difference between a label in the UI (for e.g.: "Add users") and a real Role or Capability - in your case add_users. –  kaiser Sep 24 '12 at 17:07
ok thanks, I tried the above code with add_users instead and it still doesn't work...if I log in as a user without that capability, I can then navigate to wp-admin –  Nicola Sep 26 '12 at 11:44

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