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Webmaster User Role


This plugin creates a new role named “Admin” that is the same as “Administrator” with the following changes:

In WP-Admin

  • Hide / Remove Settings menu
  • Hide / Remove Plugins menu
  • Hide / Remove Tools menu
  • Hide / Remove Users menu
  • Disable theme installation
  • Disable theme switching
  • Hide / Remove Appearance > Editor
  • Disable WP core updates
  • Hide non-essential dashboard items

3rd party plugin compatibility

  • Advanced Custom Fields (Elliot Condon) – hide ACF menu, only admins/developers should be modifying ACF definitions/rules/fields
  • Contact Form 7 – user can only read contact form submissions
  • Gravity Forms (RocketGenius) – user can view form entries but not edit forms or create new ones
  • iThemes Security – hide iThemes security menus
  • Sucuri Scanner (Sucuri) – hide security scan information
  • TablePress – Show/Edit/Import/Export TablePress content (all tabs except plugin options)
  • Ultimate Branding (WPMU Dev) – hide branding menu
  • Yoast SEO – hide Yoast SEO settings menu (also hide the SEO metabox when editing pages/posts by upgrading to Webmaster User Role Pro)

Upgrade to the Pro version of this plugin to get a settings panel to customize the admin dashboard specifically for your client:

Learn more about Webmaster User Role Pro


  • Adds a role to fit nicely between Administrator and Editor
  • Easily remove administrative menu items, while leaving content-related items like Menus and Wigets
  • Gravity Forms Settings (Pro version only)
  • Yoast SEO Settings (Pro version only)
  • Appearance/Themes Settings (Pro version only)


Install and activate, there are no settings in the free version of this plugin. Webmaster User Role is built with a carefully chosen set of permissions intended for the majority of clients. There are many free options available for further tweaking user permissions or editing the admin menu. We also have a Pro version that makes it easy to customize for your clients.


Fast and easy

Install plugin, edit it a little with the plugin “User Role Editor” and you are good to go 🙂

Genius Plugin – 1 Enhancement suggestion (Wishlist)

This plugin rocks – and it is exactly what I need. It filters as mentioned in the plugin description, which works perfect. It has only 4 stars, because there is one thing that would be really important to me:

If you could add the possibility to restrict also other areas. For example: I have a backup plugin installed, and a Admin Help Box plugin, as well as other handy admin plugin that help me, but which my clients should not see. It would be simply PERFECT if your plugin would pull these other installed plugins, and I could simply flip a switch so the “Admin” user role could also simply not view them. BTW: Taking away the link would already be enough for me, because if a link in the backend navigation is not there, regular client users are simply not deep enough into it, as that they could imagine there is more than they see at the moment. 😉

Think this would be possible to have done? I know there is other plugins out there that do similar things (I have tried different ones), but I would much rather have all of this controled by only this one plugin than having to manage all of that on different plugins… .

Looking forward to your answer – and would really L O V E if you could implement the suggested. Thx so much for this already great plugin!

– Arne

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Contributors & Developers

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  • Fixed: members_get_capabilities() conflict with Members plugin


  • Improved: Improve support for new Gravity Forms version
  • Fixed: register_scripts_and_styles PHP warning
  • Fixed: potential issue with webmaster user being given no access permissions


  • Improved: Show Yoast metabox when editing pages (still hide settings) by default


  • New: Hide Users menu (often requested, and really the webmaster user couldn’t do much in this screen anyway)
  • New: Add support for ACF5 (hide Custom Fields Menu compatible with new version)
  • New: Add support for Contact Form 7
  • New: Add support for iThemes Security


  • New: Add support for TablePress []

v 1.2

  • Multisite bugfix: Prevent webmaster from removing users from individual sites
  • Multisite bugfix: Stop removing Settings & Tools from network administrator


  • New: Now hides non-essential dashboard items
  • Fixed: Fixes a conflict with Mizzo theme (thanks djesch)


  • New: Add support for Sucuri Scanner []
  • New: Add support for Advanced Custom Fields []
  • New: Remove tools menu – so webmaster users can’t import/export/migrate/find&replace


  • New: Add support for Ultimate Branding []


  • Improved: Add Gravity Forms edit_forms capability as an option (only allows entry viewing by default) via filter:
    add_filter( ‘td-webmaster-user-roleoption_cap_gravityforms_edit_forms’, __return_true );


  • New: Remove settings menu from wp-admin


  • New: Remove capability to delete users


  • Improved: Add “editor” cap for role so plugins checking for “editor” explicitly work


  • New: Remove capabiilty to add, edit, promote users
  • New: Remove capability to update core


  • Initial Release