I'm using a theme that has a very robust customizer and I want users other than an admin to be able to use the customizer so they can customize what their site looks like. The URL for the customizer is at: http://localhost/mulitsite1/wp-admin/customize.php

Is there a way that I can give access to this page for someone that has an editor type role without modifying the core Wordpress wp-admin/customize.php file?

EDIT: I looked into the wp-admin/customize.php file and saw the following line of code:

} elseif ( current_user_can( 'edit_theme_options' ) ) {

If I give the user the capability like this:


They have access to the customizer that I want however, I don't want them to be able to switch themes, change widgets, menus or the sidebars so can I only give them access to the customize option?

Since the following line exists on line 15 of the wp-admin/customize.php file:

if ( ! current_user_can( 'customize' ) ) {

I tried to add that as the only capability:


This didn't give me the access that I needed though.

  • Please explain why you want to do it that way. It could be that you are facing a XY Problem. – kaiser Feb 15 '15 at 23:00
  • @kaiser Ok, basically I'm trying to allow my users to customize their site from outside the wordpress dashboard so they think they aren't using Wordpress. If for some reason a user knows the URL to see the profile.php page within the Admin section I'm trying to limit what they can do. If I only give them the customize capability then I don't have to worry about if they get to the dashboard somehow and what they can do there. – user1048676 Feb 15 '15 at 23:25
  • In other words: You are trying to redirect everybody to the public page (who is not an admin)? – kaiser Feb 16 '15 at 0:23
  • @kaiser Yes but they need to have that capability. I actually asked another question wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/178214/… to try and ensure that when they cancelled they would go back to the public page and not back into the Dashboard again. – user1048676 Feb 16 '15 at 0:44
  • Why do they need to have access to the Customizer? – kaiser Feb 16 '15 at 0:45

Here is my solution and it's worked:


It's possible since Version 3.0 in Wordpress

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    OP noted in the question that he already tried it, but as he wrote: I don't want them to be able to switch themes, change widgets, menus or the sidebars. – nmr May 8 '19 at 15:00

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