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I want to give the Editor Role access to editing the sidebar and it's contents. I have a text widget in there and in order to edit this text widget the user needs to be an admin - this sucks. How do I grant permission to the Editor Role that will give him access to edit the sidebar?

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The edit_theme_options capability should allow the user to edit the sidebar as described on this page : http://codex.wordpress.org/Appearance_Widgets_SubPanel

Code to add to functions.php

   $role = get_role('editor'); 
   $role->add_cap('edit_theme_options');

Edit:

This should work to prevent editor accessing themes or menus

function custom_admin_menu() {

    $user = new WP_User(get_current_user_id());     
    if (!empty( $user->roles) && is_array($user->roles)) {
        foreach ($user->roles as $role)
            $role = $role;
    }

    if($role == "editor") { 
       remove_submenu_page( 'themes.php', 'themes.php' );
       remove_submenu_page( 'themes.php', 'nav-menus.php' ); 
    }       
}

add_action('admin_menu', 'custom_admin_menu');

I haven't had chance to test this, but it only removes them from the menu they may still be able to access them by typing in the URL directly.

  • That works like a charm but then how do I keep them from accessing menu or themes? – Howdy_McGee Sep 13 '11 at 19:06
  • See my edited answer. – Elliott Sep 13 '11 at 19:23
  • Fatal Error: Call to undefined function remove_menu_page() - Also I'm not worried about them typing it by URL I really doubt somebody is going to be that malicious and even so it's just themes and menus. And I can't +1 your post enough! Thanks! – Howdy_McGee Sep 13 '11 at 19:36
  • Sorry added wrong code it should be remove_submenu_page although you still shouldn't have got the fatal error. I have edited my answer and tested and all works fine for me? – Elliott Sep 13 '11 at 19:48
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    Oh that would be why then was only supported since 3.1.0, I have had no bugs since upgrading...I would always suggest upgrading to latest version to help keep it secure. – Elliott Sep 13 '11 at 20:07
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If you just want to configure this easy as possible, use the Members plugin. The capability you'll need to add is 'edit_theme_options'. Be aware that this will grant more than just the widgets area, this also grants the editor access to the entire Appearance menu. See here

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/members/

If you want to do this programmatically, you'll need to use add_cap().

$editor = get_role('editor');
$editor->add_cap('edit_theme_options');

You can throw that code into its own plugin, and your done. Or put it into functions.php.

  • And if anyone's using the fairly popular User Role Editor, you can select 'Edit Theme Options'/'edit_theme_options' there, too. – user68816 Dec 2 '18 at 3:55

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