In the backend, how can I restrict the editors (user with editor role) from viewing/editing pages created by admin (and/or by administrator role)?

I know that the editor role in WordPress have "edit_others_pages" capability, but I need a function for a custom capability like: "edit_others_pages_except_admin" :)

I don't want to use a huge/complicated plugin just for that!

Thanks! I searched for a solution more then 1h :D

1 Answer 1


This code will do the job...

add_action('pre_get_posts', 'filter_posts_list');
function filter_posts_list($query)
    //$pagenow holds the name of the current page being viewed, we want to run our code only on edit.php (posts list)
    global $pagenow;

    //If the 'Editor' is logged in, exclude 'Admin's posts
    if(current_user_can('editor') && ('edit.php' == $pagenow))
        //global $query's set() method for excluding admin's posts
        $query->set('author', '-1');

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  • Yes, it's working if you add the get_currentuserinfo() before the "if" statement ;) Commented Mar 2, 2012 at 6:33
  • I thought get_currentuserinfo() won't be needed as we're using current_user_can()! Glad it helped you! Please accept the answer ;) Commented Mar 2, 2012 at 6:37
  • Strange thing happen... today it doesn't work anymore. I'm logged with admin and I don't see my pages (Author:Admin). I also delete the get_currentuserinfo() lines... but still no pages, I see only the pages created by editors. Commented Mar 3, 2012 at 13:07
  • Something must've gone wrong in the condition probably... can you create a paste on pastebin of your code? Commented Mar 3, 2012 at 13:32
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    The code works for me, but it would be advisable to use a capability instead of a role, as this is not guaranteed to work correctly.
    – brasofilo
    Commented Jan 9, 2013 at 1:48

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