I don't really know how to explain this, so this will most probably not make much sense.

Basically, I made a custom field (drop-down selection) for the Add/Edit User page, and I want to be the only one who can edit this. Like... when users go to the Edit User page, they can change the value of this field, which I don't want them to be able to do. I would at least like this field to be invisible to them, but not completely disappear, as I still do need this field.

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If you are the only "Administrator" and the rest of the users is lower level roles it is possible to achieve this. ACF has the option to set a rule to only display it based on user role.

Under "Edit Field Group" (where you setup the fields) there is a tab called "Location" where this is set (see the attached screenshot).

ACF rules - Only display for administrators

  • I know about this. Ah, it's really hard to explain what I mean. Like... I want it to be there for every single user, but I don't want them to be able to edit it.
    – Alanea
    Mar 21, 2013 at 10:42
  • You're not talking about read-only, are you? If so, you either set the attribute in ACF (if you can, that is), or you could add the attribute by means of jQuery.
    – tfrommen
    Mar 21, 2013 at 15:21
  • I guess so. Or it can be hidden from them, but no from me (on their profile). As long as they aren't able to touch it.
    – Alanea
    Mar 22, 2013 at 1:52

Well, you could just check the current_user_id and depending on that set the field to hidden with the default value, or to the select with all the values you want to provide (to you).

// Edit

Short example:

<?php if (YOUR_ID === get_current_user_id()) : ?>
    <select id="UNIQUE_FIELD_NAME" name="UNIQUE_FIELD_NAME" value="whatever">
<?php else : ?>
    <input type="hidden" id="UNIQUE_FIELD_NAME" name="UNIQUE_FIELD_NAME" value="whatever" />
<?php endif; ?>
  • Problem with this is that the Advanced Custom Fields plugin doesn't really give you the option to edit the output of the fields directly like this.
    – jzatt
    Mar 21, 2013 at 9:25
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    @jzatt Yes, I was assuming this, after I read your answer. You wouldn't go that way of restricting the per user question to a per role answer if there were any other way, right? If so, please just live your life as if there were no answer from me. :)
    – tfrommen
    Mar 21, 2013 at 9:28
  • Um, I don't understand. Where do I put this, exactly? Sorry, I'm a complete noob at this.
    – Alanea
    Mar 21, 2013 at 10:46

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