I am running a WordPress website. I want to assign other users roles like Admin, Editor, etc. I want them to be able to install plugins, themes, delete them, etc. The only thing I don't want them to do is access the "Editor" page. I don't want them to edit any core files directly , even if it is as small task as adding a CSS style. If they want to add anything, they will have to send those changes to me & I will upload those changes via FTP.

So how can I restrict other Admin, Editor, etc. completely from accessing the "Editor" while restricting access to it myself? If restricting access will cause a global lockout and will also lock me out if I try to restrict them, I am willing to go for this option too, if the former is not possible.

Can I achieve the above without using any plugin? If not, is there any plugin that will do the job for me?

I have access to WordPress core files, FTP, etc. I can make any modifications needed. So a solution in this regard is highly appreciated.

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The Admin and Super Admin roles are the only ones with access to edit themes. If you're wanting to give other people all other "Admin" capabilities but not access to edit themes, it'd probably be easiest to add the User Role Editor plugin, duplicate the Admin user with a new title and then just un-check the "edit_themes" capability for that role.

If you want to dig into the code a bit, you could use the ultimate guide to roles and capabilities to hack together a solution.

I'd strongly urge you to NOT hack the WordPress core, as that leaves you SOL the next time they release a new version.

  • AWESOME! This seems to be exactly what I was looking for. Thank you very much for your help. Appreciate it!
    – Devner
    Aug 31, 2012 at 21:41
  • no problem :) Glad I could help - and thanks for the 'accept' vote!
    – Jen
    Sep 4, 2012 at 21:56

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