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?

  • This may be related: wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/13413/…
    – Elliott
    Commented Sep 13, 2011 at 18:33
  • It seems to be kind of what I'm looking for but I don't understand the code. It looks like hes creating a new user and assigning roles instead of editing a existing user
    – Howdy_McGee
    Commented Sep 13, 2011 at 18:40

2 Answers 2


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'); 


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
    Commented Sep 13, 2011 at 19:06
  • See my edited answer.
    – Elliott
    Commented Sep 13, 2011 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
    Commented Sep 13, 2011 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
    Commented Sep 13, 2011 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
    Commented Sep 13, 2011 at 20:07

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


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

$editor = get_role('editor');

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
    Commented Dec 2, 2018 at 3:55

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