I'm trying to rewrite a bit of core WordPress functionality. I'm using WordPress 3.9.2 and I consider myself an intermediate in WordPress programming.

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Currently, when one sets a post to "Private", it will hide the post from view, only to be accessed directly through it's link and by specially privileged users. This is not what my customer want, they want a "Member" (Norwegian: Medlemmer) functionality instead, where that option will make the posts exclusively visible for that specific access role. So for an anonymous user you would see some posts, but when logged in as a member, you would see all of those posts.

I am also trying to remove the "Password protected" option, as this does not apply to my customer's website, but this is not a priority.

So my question is: Any ideas on what I will have to do to change this from a plugin? My current thoughts are in the lines of filter hooks.

Any help appreciated.

  • Private posts does not show up on front page or in search or archive pages. That is the issue. – GauteR Aug 22 '14 at 10:12
  • According to codex.wordpress.org/Content_Visibility#Private_Content ".. It will not appear in the article lists ..." – GauteR Aug 22 '14 at 10:23
  • Anyways, I do have a clue to how to do this. But the main question is: how do I change it's name? And if possible, remove the password protection option? – GauteR Aug 22 '14 at 10:28
  • Ah, ok. Thanks for being patient with me. If you will put up your last comment as an answer, I will accept it. – GauteR Aug 22 '14 at 10:35

First of all I have to say that private posts already fit your needs, because logged in users with proper capability will see the posts in home page, archives, searches and so on.

Proper capability is 'read_private_posts'.

This cap is assigned by default to administrators and editors. So, your "member" users should have one of these 2 roles or maybe you can assign that capability to different roles.

In facts, you can add it to standard roles using add_cap() or you can register a custom role (see here) and assign to that role the capability you want to assign to your members.

That said to customize how the metabox is shown in the post admin page (removing option to password protect, renaming "Private" option...) most powerful way is

  1. Create a function that output the custom metabox. Create a new function, name it something like custom_post_submit_meta_box(), copy content from core post_submit_meta_box() and modify what you need.
  2. Remove the standard metabox and add the custom one:

    add_action( 'dbx_post_advanced', function( $post ) {
      // only for 'post' post type
      if ( $post->post_type !== 'post' ) return;
      // remove the standard
      remove_meta_box( 'submitdiv', 'post', 'side' );
      // add the custom
        __( 'Publish' ),
        'custom_post_submit_meta_box', // the name of your custom function
  • Very thorough and easy to follow. Thanks a lot! If I could up-vote I would. – GauteR Aug 22 '14 at 11:23
  • N/P glad it works. – gmazzap Aug 22 '14 at 11:42

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