I need to list within a sidebar menu all child pages from the current parent page. The children pages are restricted for viewing by user roles, let's say "A" and "B" for now. I use the "Members Plugin" to manage that.

I've created a function that works pretty well for listing these child pages but I can't find the way to NOT LIST the child pages which the current user has no access to.

So if i'm logged in as user with role "A", I can not see the child pages which role "B" has access, and vice versa.

Here's the current code.

Any help/hint would be appreciated.

Thank you !

  • when you say restricting for viewing that is where? in the page summary?
    – David Lee
    Feb 19, 2017 at 14:58
  • @DavidLee I use the "Members Plugin". It add post meta to pages, which I can retrieve that way. $page_role = get_post_meta($post->ID, '_members_access_role'); $user_role = sb_get_user_role(); I need to match the children page's role with the user. I'm stuck there.
    – Simon
    Feb 19, 2017 at 15:07

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If the Rol is in the meta you have to get the IDs of all of them then compare the meta access rol to the rol of the user:

    $post_parent_ID = $post->post_parent ? $post->post_parent : $post->ID;

    $title = $post->post_parent ? get_the_title( $post->post_parent ) : get_the_title( $post->ID );
    //we use get posts to get all posts for the given ID
    $children_pages_array = get_posts(array('numberposts' => -1, 'post_status' => 'publish', 'post_type' => 'any', 'post_parent' => $post_parent_ID, 'suppress_filters' => false));
    //we get the user rol
    $user_role = sb_get_user_role();
    //here we create an array that will be populated with IDs
    $ID_pages_rol_array = array();
    foreach ($children_pages_array as $child_page_obj) {
        //we get the rol that can access this page
        $page_role = get_post_meta($child_page_obj->ID, '_members_access_role');
        //do the current user rol have access to this page?
        if ($page_role == $user_role) {
            //yes it does add to the IDs of pages that this rol can access
            array_push($ID_pages_rol_array, $child_page_obj->ID);
    $children = wp_list_pages(array(
        'title_li' => '',
        'include' => $ID_pages_rol_array, //lets send those IDs to be formatted as list items
        'echo' => 0,
        'depth' => 1

you can get the IDs with get_posts (actually the entire post object) after making the array of permitted IDs, that can be send to wp_list_pages.

  • Thank you so much David ! I needed to make one change by adding [0] to the $page_role variable to make this work. $page_role = get_post_meta($child_page_obj->ID, '_members_access_role')[0]; since the sb_get_user_role(); return a string instead of an array. It wasn't matching with the $page_role array. Should we make this different or it's all good ? Again, thank you !!! You saved the day for tomorrow (Monday) I promised to provide a fix for that project. ;)
    – Simon
    Feb 19, 2017 at 21:43
  • Ah I can see now, if a page grant access to user roles A & B, it won't list...
    – Simon
    Feb 19, 2017 at 21:45
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    nice, i didnt know how the members plugin was doing the restriction so i put it like that, if what you have is an array, another foreach is needed to do the IF also a in_array() check so you dont have duplicate pages.
    – David Lee
    Feb 19, 2017 at 21:52
  • Once finished tomorrow, I will publish the complete function for others to use.
    – Simon
    Feb 19, 2017 at 21:58
  • The final working function with comments: Here's the Gist !
    – Simon
    Feb 19, 2017 at 22:44

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