Hi I have set up multisite and I am the super admin. I want to remove the capabilities of "Editors" to add new pages. I made this change to my theme function, which removed what I want it too, however it also removes the button and submenu my Admin user. I have tried to put in an if condition, but not having much luck!

//hide Page
function hide_buttons()
    global $current_screen;

    if($current_screen->id == 'page');
        echo '<style>.add-new-h2, a.page-title-action {display: none;}</style>';

add_action('admin_head','hide_buttons'); // removes the "add new" button on Pages page.

if( current_user_can('editor') ) {
    add_action( 'admin_menu', function () {
        remove_submenu_page( 'edit.php?post_type=page', 'post-new.php post_type=page' );  //removes the sub page "add new" in Admin side bar for editor
    }, 999);

  • 1
    editor can't add pages, but can they edit pages? Nov 30, 2017 at 8:06
  • yes they should be able to edit exiting pages, just not add new ones.
    – Paul
    Nov 30, 2017 at 8:51
  • noting that removing the page doesn't really solve the problem as no capabilities are removed, so the REST API/XMLRPC etc will still publish pages if requested, and you can open the post editor but with the post_type parameter in the URL. All these things should dissapear for users who don't have those capabilities
    – Tom J Nowell
    Jul 6, 2023 at 13:54

1 Answer 1


Ok so few things.. there's a pretty well coded plugin that handles user roles and permissions: https://wordpress.org/plugins/user-role-editor/

If you'd like to do this programatically though, you should:

function wpcodex_set_capabilities(){
      global $wp_roles; // global class wp-includes/capabilities.php
      $role = 'editor';
      $cap = 'publish_pages';
      $wp_roles->remove_cap( $role, $cap ); 
add_action( 'init', 'wpcodex_set_capabilities' );

Lmk if that does it :)

  • Thanks Daniel, I gave that a go, but hasn't done the trick. I might have to go the plugin route soon! I just couldn't find any that worked, but I'll check out the link you supplied.
    – Paul
    Nov 30, 2017 at 8:58
  • you can add/edit a page without publishing it, there's additional things to remove
    – Tom J Nowell
    Jul 6, 2023 at 13:53

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