After reading the Roles and Capabilities article I can see that the Subscriber role has read capabilities only. What capabilities (if any) would be assigned to an unauthenticated user? i.e. a website visitor browsing around but not logged-in.


Visitors have no capabilities. Not even the capability "read" which seems a bit odd to me.

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    According to Codex read gives most basic level of access to Dashboard, so it doesn't make sense for unregistered users either. – Rarst Nov 24 '14 at 21:30
  • A I didn't check the codex for the read capability. Thought it would be something like read posts. – Horttcore Nov 25 '14 at 15:58

Every user (loggedin or visitor) has the exist hardcoded capability.


See line 745 in the source example.

Not logged in users have no other capabilities unless coded in a plugin or theme.

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