Restrict wp-admin Access to Subscribers

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Do you want to limit the wp-admin access to your subscribers only? While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that you can use to restrict wp-admin access to subscribers in WordPress.


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

	function restrict_access_admin_panel(){
		global $current_user;

		if ($current_user->user_level <  4) {
			wp_redirect( get_bloginfo('url') );
	add_action('admin_init', 'restrict_access_admin_panel', 1);

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

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  1. This works, when all other options failed me. My issue is: somehting makes all users super-admin, be it subscribers or even new made roles. I can’t find the solution but this snippet at least enables me to sleep a little bit tonight, so I can hopefully fix that other issue tomorrow. Maybe you have an idea how it is possible that all new users are super-admin, while it isn’t even a multisite? Thanks in advance!

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