I am trying to enable some features for Subscriber user role in a eCommerce theme where originally had be set for Admin role and I like to modify that. I tried AAM plugin but for this specific site it does not show those features so I can place a check or un-check them. I know AAM or any alike plugin serve as an interface and there are ways to look through the files/codes to make this happen. I found in wp-includes/capabilities.php is where this gets managed but I am assuming not for each specif site as I can't find anything about other sites in there. Does each site have its own capabilities.php somewhere?

  • Each sites loads the capabilities and stores it as metadata. You have to modify the metadata to modify the capabilities for a specific site.
    – user42826
    Mar 24, 2015 at 18:18

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I believe you'd need to modify user roles on each site individually (if I'm understanding your question correctly).

There's a great plugin I use frequently called WPFront User Role Editor that allows you to check/uncheck user capabilities like you mentioned. The free version should be fine for what you're trying to do. I personally use the paid version just because I like to have the extra options when I need them, but 90% of the time the free one works fine.

You can view the plugin here

  • Thanks Jonathan! This is much better than the one I got which is AAM. This much more user-friendly. Thanks again.
    – Dave_O
    Mar 26, 2015 at 1:42
  • You're very welcome! I hope your project goes well for you :) Mar 27, 2015 at 16:58

AAM is by far more powerful and it's since version 6.3.0 fully compatible with WordPress multisite as mentioned on its website.

It also has the functionality to sync capabilities/permissions across all sites on the network as described on the above mentioned article.

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