I'd like to prevent certain user roles from accessing the dashboard http://www.openeye.net/wp-admin/ at all. I've moved and restyled user profiles to a new page that's viewable on the site. How would I go about doing this?

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To lock subscribers and contributors out of the admin:

function wpse23007_redirect(){
  if( is_admin() && !defined('DOING_AJAX') && ( current_user_can('subscriber') || current_user_can('contributor') ) ){

Hope that helps. All roles give the user a capability that is the name of that role, so you can use any role name as a capability.

  • Excellent, however I'm getting a syntax error on the second line. – Zach Shallbetter Jul 14 '11 at 21:23
  • Oh ok it's related to the extra ( after ('DOING_AJAX') – Zach Shallbetter Jul 14 '11 at 21:58
  • Oh, sorry; that was intentional. There was supposed to be another one closing at the end. I added it to the answer. – John P Bloch Jul 15 '11 at 15:06
  • Is there a reason this doesn't work with the 2011 theme and the members plugin? – Zach Shallbetter Sep 9 '11 at 6:36
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    This doesn't seem to work on network sites, any idea why? – Zach Shallbetter Oct 9 '11 at 21:59
//If User Roll is Subscriber, It can not login in Dashboard 
function wpse23007_redirect()
    if( is_admin() && !defined('DOING_AJAX') && current_user_can('subscriber') )

Yes, you would need to use the current_user_can( $capability ) function. Here is the official WordPress reference: https://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/current_user_can

 add_action('init', function(){

      $redirect = isset( $_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER'] ) ? $_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER'] : home_url( '/' );
      $user = wp_get_current_user();
      if ( !defined('DOING_AJAX') && in_array( 'subscriber', (array) $user->roles ) ) {


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