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Is there a simple way to temporarily stop a user role logging in with wordpress?

For example, if I have a user role called media, how can I block them from logging in?

I would like a custom message to appear on the website, for example like 'Site undergoing maintenance'

So it looks like this... http://i.imgur.com/nDf7a.jpg

The reason why, is because my website is completely locked down from the public using this function...

add_action('get_header', 'wpq_member_only_site');
function wpq_member_only_site() {
    // logged in users or visits to a specified page are allowed
    if ( !is_user_logged_in() ) {

        $redirect_after_login = get_home_url();

        // the URL where login/registration takes place
        $login_url = wp_login_url( $redirect_after_login );

        // redirect visitors
        wp_redirect( $login_url, 302 );

But I need to do some maintenence and I'm after a simple way to lock all users out that are the role media

This is because I wan't administrators and editors to still have access, but not media.

Can any one help please?

Thanks Josh

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

With a some digging and learning, I managed to combine various help and create these 2 functions...

function site_maintenance() {
    if ( current_user_can('media') || current_user_can('genpo') ) {

       $logout_url = wp_login_url().'?mode=maintainance';
       wp_redirect( $logout_url, 302 );

add_action('get_header', 'site_maintenance');

function my_login_message() {

    if( $_GET['mode'] == 'maintainance' ){
        $message = '<p class="message"><b>Site undergoing maintainance.</b></p>';
        return $message;

add_filter('login_message', 'my_login_message');
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Add in a check for a capability that admins and editors share:

add_action( 'get_header', 'wpse81659_maintenance' );
function wpse81659_maintenance() {
    if ( ! current_user_can( 'publish_pages' ) || ! is_user_logged_in() )
        die( 'Site undergoing maintenance' );
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Thanks diggy. I will use this if no other solution comes in, but I would ideally like the message to appear here, so it looks like this... i.imgur.com/nDf7a.jpg - Thank you very much for your suggestion. – Joshc Jan 15 '13 at 14:59

I created a simple plugin that will allow you to do this without messing around with code. The message displayed to disabled users is also filterable.


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