Is there a simple way to temporarily stop a user role logging in with wordpress?

For example, if I have a user role called media, how can I block them from logging in?

I would like a custom message to appear on the website, for example like 'Site undergoing maintenance'

So it looks like this:


The reason why, is because my website is completely locked down from the public using this function...

add_action('get_header', 'wpq_member_only_site');
function wpq_member_only_site() {
    // logged in users or visits to a specified page are allowed
    if ( !is_user_logged_in() ) {
        $redirect_after_login = get_home_url();
        // the URL where login/registration takes place
        $login_url = wp_login_url( $redirect_after_login );
        // redirect visitors
        wp_redirect( $login_url, 302 );

But I need to do some maintenance and I'm after a simple way to lock all users out that are the role media.

This is because I wan't administrators and editors to still have access, but not media.

  • I created a simple plugin that will allow you to do this without messing around with code. The message displayed to disabled users is also filterable. wordpress.org/plugins/disable-users – jaredatch Aug 29 '13 at 2:17
  • If you want to use the ready-made plugin for a temporary block of certain user's accounts then the User Blocker WordPress plugin is a useful solution for you. https://wordpress.org/plugins/user-blocker/ – Mary Martin Feb 11 at 5:31
  • I converted the above 2 answers into comments as they are not answers, they're recommendations. Answers must be self contained, you can use links to support an answer, but the link can't be the answer itself – Tom J Nowell Feb 11 at 9:41

With a some digging and learning, I managed to combine various help and create these 2 functions...

function site_maintenance() {
    if ( current_user_can('media') || current_user_can('genpo') ) {

       $logout_url = wp_login_url().'?mode=maintainance';
       wp_redirect( $logout_url, 302 );

add_action('get_header', 'site_maintenance');

function my_login_message() {

    if( $_GET['mode'] == 'maintainance' ){
        $message = '<p class="message"><b>Site undergoing maintainance.</b></p>';
        return $message;

add_filter('login_message', 'my_login_message');

Add in a check for a capability that admins and editors share:

add_action( 'get_header', 'wpse81659_maintenance' );
function wpse81659_maintenance() {
    if ( ! current_user_can( 'publish_pages' ) || ! is_user_logged_in() )
        die( 'Site undergoing maintenance' );
  • Thanks diggy. I will use this if no other solution comes in, but I would ideally like the message to appear here, so it looks like this... i.imgur.com/nDf7a.jpg - Thank you very much for your suggestion. – Joshc Jan 15 '13 at 14:59

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