I would like to be able to grant my editors the power to change the menu, can this be done?

The appearance tab doesn't appear to be an option at all, can I make it so?


add this to your theme's functions.php:

// add editor the privilege to edit theme

// get the the role object
$role_object = get_role( 'editor' );

// add $cap capability to this role object
$role_object->add_cap( 'edit_theme_options' );
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    is get_role a class? – Mild Fuzz Feb 24 '11 at 13:31
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    @Mild Fuzz - not itself no, but it returns an instance of WP_Role – TheDeadMedic Aug 14 '11 at 12:25
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    You probably shouldn't do this on every request, as this causes a db write as far as i understood. Better on admin_init and only if !$role_object->has_cap('edit_theme_options') – jsphpl Feb 14 '17 at 9:14
  • This setting is saved to the database (in table wp_options, field wp_user_roles), so it might be better to run this on theme/plugin activation. See codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/add_cap – Pim Schaaf Mar 12 '18 at 16:46
  • Or you could add it to functions.php, run it once and then remove it – d79 Jan 16 '19 at 23:10

EDIT: update for WP 4.9 & only hiding menu items for Editor

If you want your users to be able to change the navigation menu, but not the other options under appearance: use this

// Do this only once. Can go anywhere inside your functions.php file
$role_object = get_role( 'editor' );
$role_object->add_cap( 'edit_theme_options' );

You can comment out this entire code after you have refreshed your admin panel, because the above code will make persistent changes to the database.

You now have all the options under appearance visible to the editors. You can hide the other options like so:

function hide_menu() {

    if (current_user_can('editor')) {

        remove_submenu_page( 'themes.php', 'themes.php' ); // hide the theme selection submenu
        remove_submenu_page( 'themes.php', 'widgets.php' ); // hide the widgets submenu
        remove_submenu_page( 'themes.php', 'customize.php?return=%2Fwp-admin%2Ftools.php' ); // hide the customizer submenu
        remove_submenu_page( 'themes.php', 'customize.php?return=%2Fwp-admin%2Ftools.php&autofocus%5Bcontrol%5D=background_image' ); // hide the background submenu

        // these are theme-specific. Can have other names or simply not exist in your current theme.
        remove_submenu_page( 'themes.php', 'yiw_panel' );
        remove_submenu_page( 'themes.php', 'custom-header' );
        remove_submenu_page( 'themes.php', 'custom-background' );

add_action('admin_head', 'hide_menu');

The last 3 lines in the hide_menu() function are theme specific for my theme. You can find the second parameter by clicking on the submenu you want to hide, in the admin panel. Your URL will then be something like: example.com/wp-admin/themes.php?page=yiw_panel

So, in this example, the second parameter for the remove_submenu_page() function will be yiw_panel

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    this hides themes etc for admins too. – JorgeLuisBorges Sep 15 '17 at 12:05

In WordPress 3.8, this would be better code than the current accepted answer.

 * @var $roleObject WP_Role
$roleObject = get_role( 'editor' );
if (!$roleObject->has_cap( 'edit_theme_options' ) ) {
    $roleObject->add_cap( 'edit_theme_options' );

When I look at the admin menu structure, it seems the nav-menus.php link is tied to the capability edit_theme_options. Can you modify the editor role to include this capability? This would also give them the option to edit widgets, I don't know whether this is a problem? All the menu Ajax stuff is restricted by this capability, so just changing the admin menu capability for editing menus will probably not work.


instal plugin "User Role Editor" - Switch edit_theme_options ON - install plugin Adminimize - switch off "Widgets" and "Switch Theme" for Editors ;)


I´ve found, that your menu will work this way: instal plugin "User Role Editor" and there you can edit condition for editor role and other too. Switch edit_theme_options ON. But now: you will see "menu" -option under "themes", "widgets". For me: After click to "menu" (as editor) I´d not see filled options but empty. So I´d deactivate plugin "User Role Editor" and filled options for "menu" appears correctly. Note that deactivating plugin "User Role Editor" remains conditions for editor active! Good for me, maybe it will help you too

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