I need to remove user related capabilities(such as 'create_users', 'add_user', 'list_users', etc...) of an admin user.

I tested the code below in an 'init' method.

global $current_user;

But I found that still user is able to access interface for managing user(even after refreshing many times). Is there any solution other than creating new role for this?

  • Do you want to remove this ability from all the admins in the site? or only for selected one(s)? Mar 4, 2014 at 8:13
  • @Maruti Mohanty, only selected one(s).
    – Dipu R
    Mar 4, 2014 at 9:08

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Adapt the easier way. Install a plugin (Ex. Members) that can manage roles. Create one role with restricted access in your case a role with all the capabilities but not 'create_users', 'add_user', 'list_users',. Save this new role and assign it to the user you want to grant these restricted privileges.

  • thank you, but my site has lot of custom post types and a custom content publishing workflow are there, so it is difficult to integrate to existing system. Anyway thank you and are you sure that there is no way to remove pre-defined capabilities like 'create_users'?.
    – Dipu R
    Mar 4, 2014 at 6:14

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