Add and remove wordpress user roles

With WordPress you can add and remove roles very easily. The first snippet will add a new role called "manager" with some basic capabilities. You can view the WordPress roles and capabilities page for more extensive details on the capabilities available that you can assign to a custom role. The second snippet will remove some of the existing roles "editor, author, contributor, subscriber" however this could also remove a custom role. NOTE: if you remove an existing role it will be gone! So please be careful when removing roles.

function wps_add_role() {
    add_role( 'manager', 'Manager', 
add_action( 'init', 'wps_add_role' );
function wps_remove_role() {
    remove_role( 'editor' );
    remove_role( 'author' );
    remove_role( 'contributor' );
    remove_role( 'subscriber' );
add_action( 'init', 'wps_remove_role' );

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  1. ??????? ???????? October 3, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Very interesting. Can we add a Manager role that will be able to see only the appearance section, not the plugin section?

    1. Take a look at edit_themes and some of the options to see what you can do.

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