Change Role Access to Menus and Widgets

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Are you looking for a way to allow users with editor user role to edit any widget or menu? While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that you can use to change role access to menus and widgets in WordPress.


All you have to do is add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin:

// get the the role object
$role_object = get_role('editor');
// add $cap capability to this role object

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly add code snippets in WordPress, so you don’t accidentally break your site.

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  1. Donna McMaster April 1, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    This approach has two problems: (1) It allows the editor to have access to all theme (Appearance) options, not just widgets and menus. (2) This code only needs to be run once; it doesn’t need to be run every time WordPress runs.

    Consider using this free plugin instead: Editor Menu-and-Widget-Access (I haven’t tried it but it seems to have good reviews.)

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