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Custom top level menu item for Appearance->Menus

  • I am having a problem creating a top level menu item that is visible for user rolls that are not administrator.

    I want a way that a ‘Shop Manager’ (one I created with ‘User Role Editor’) to edit the site navigation menus. Usually this has to be done through Appearance->menus but I don’t want them to have access to anything else in the Appearance area.

    It seemed odd to me that I should make them select Appearance first and then Menus so I created a <custom> menu item that mimics the Appearance->menus Target Page. I called it ‘Site Menus’ and placed it in the top level menu list. It would be far more user friendly and intuitive this way.

    I then set the Appearance->menu settings in the Menu Editor to a Capability that the ‘Shop Manager’ has but changed the Appearance top level to ‘Administrator’.

    The new ‘Site Menus’ item appears for the Administrators but not for the Shop Managers.

    Am I doing something wrong?


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  • Plugin Author Janis Elsts


    Are you using the free version or the Pro version of the plugin? Unfortunately, what you’re trying to do is not possible in the free version. When dealing with pre-existing menus like “Appearance -> Menus”, the free version can only restrict access. It can’t give a role access to a menu it could not already use.

    However, since you already have User Role Editor installed, try giving “Shop Manager” the “edit_theme_options” capability. This should allow them to access the “Site Menus”. Then set the capability for other “Appearance” items to sub-menus to “Administrator” to make sure they can’t access them (just changing it for the top-level item does not always work if the sub-menus have different capabilities).

    Thanks. I can work with that. It shows both the “Appearance” and my new “Site Menus” items but I can at least drop the Appearance menu to the very very bottom of the list.

    PS I have the free version of your plugin. By the way I love it. Certainly makes my life easier than hard coding all this into the functions.php file like I did for ages.

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