My question is about WordPress in general. How can I give admins the ability to log in and do things that other users can do?

My specific use-case for this is, in WooCommerce, when an admin creates an order via the "Add New Order" page and assigns it to a user the admin can not view the order or complete checkout. If the admin tries to view the page he gets this error - "This order cannot be paid for. Please contact us if you need assistance."

Is there a way to work around this? I would prefer not to use a plugin.


You'll need to find out what specific capabilities Admin users are missing. Once you know the full list, you can use add_cap() to add those capabilities to the Admin users and enable them to do whatever the other roles are doing.

From Shold I manually add 'cap' to admin role ? -

$role = get_role( 'administrator' );
$role->add_cap( 'cap' );

Replace cap with one of the capabilities you need to add to admin users. Copy and paste that second line, and add each additional capability separately.

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    Thank you! I found the correct capability, "pay_for_order", added that and it works great. $role->add_cap('pay_for_order'); – Jon Jan 7 '19 at 18:26

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