The number of views is something I am very concerned about as it helps me understand how many people actually read the posts. I have bloggers working with me who may fake their article's popularity just by editing the "number of views" in the edit section of each article. How can I stop them from doing that?

I have added User Role Editor plugin for the same but I can't figure how to prevent author from changing post count.

Is there any other manner in which I can check the actual number and prevent the author from seeing/editing the same?

They are able to edit here:

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  • How can they edit the number of views? Is it stored as a custom field? If so, consider prepending the meta key with underscore to hide it (might need some programming effort to adjust it)
    – birgire
    Nov 16, 2016 at 10:52
  • I have edited my question answering your question.
    – Mana
    Nov 16, 2016 at 10:55
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    Still we have no idea how it's stored and what Edit means. This is not part of the WordPress core. Most likely a 3rd party plugin used here, that are in general off topic. Please post the relevant code, thanks
    – birgire
    Nov 16, 2016 at 10:57
  • Thank you. I looked for plugins and I found that that was actually a plugin that was installed and I made changes from the settings. Thanks.
    – Mana
    Nov 16, 2016 at 11:02

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This is not a part of WordPress core and it is a part of the plugin called "Post Views Counter".

To change the privileges only to the admin, go to:

  1. Setting
  2. In General , restrict the editing to only the admin. Check the box.

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