I use this snippet in a plugin;

if ( ! ( current_user_can( 'manage_options' ) ) )
  do something

but problem is, when network activating this on a multi-site installation, I get locked out of admin pages. WP says “You don’t have authority to this page” or something (translating from Swedish).

I have, by trial and error, limited down the problem to the function "current_user_can" but is_super_admin gives the same result. I get locked out. Please note that this only happens when network activating on a multisite installation. If I activate the plugin per site everything works as expected. See github for an example of how I try to implement it.

How come? I’ve tried it out many times and tried to tweak the code, but I can't get it to work.

Any better way of checking it user does NOT have authority to manage options (does not have admin capabilities)?

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    Perhaps it's related to if (!(current_user_can('manage_options'))) { being run immediately rather than being used within a callback function fired on a hook? Can you try wrapping this functionality in a function and firing it on wp_loaded? (wp_loaded seems early enough.) Sep 27, 2016 at 5:07
  • I can't mark your comment as a solution. I will mark my sum up of your answer as a solution tomorrow. Sep 27, 2016 at 12:43
  • Works for me! Glad I was able to help. Sep 27, 2016 at 20:36

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Thanks for your advice. In fact it is a hook that I fire of with this check. It looks like this (an example, the check is done in two places for different user levels and in two different plugins)

// Down locks me out of admin area if network activated...

if (!(current_user_can('manage_options'))) { add_action( 'admin_menu', 'ngo_remove_eo' ); }

and the function is;

function ngo_remove_eo() {
remove_menu_page( 'edit.php?post_type=event' );


I changed it to this;

   add_action( 'wp_loaded', 'eongo_cleanup' );

function eongo_cleanup() {
    if (!(current_user_can('manage_options'))) {  
    add_action( 'admin_menu', 'ngo_remove_eo' );

    add_action( 'admin_menu', 'ngo_remove_eosubmenu', 99 );
    add_action( 'do_meta_boxes', 'remove_eopost_custom_fields' );

and now it works :) Thanks a lot Dave.

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