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  • Plugin Author Vladimir Garagulia



    1) Be sure that there are no user at your blog with role assigned from the list which you wish to hide.
    2) Add this code to your active theme functions.php file:

    add_filter('editable_roles', 'my_hide_roles');
    function my_hide_roles($roles) {
        $roles_to_hide = array('editor', 'author', 'contributor', 'subscriber');
        foreach($roles_to_hide as $role) {
            if (isset($roles[$role])) {
        return $roles;

    Hi Vladimir;

    Awesome plugin: I use it on almost all websites I develop to customize interfaces for clients.

    Question regarding the above code snippet: I have a site where I created a good amount of custom user-roles (which we now have decided are too much and have just configured some queries to accommodate what we need). I’m having to delete these roles one-by-one and doing it via the front-end interface is time-consuming.

    Would it be ok for me to use the code you supplied above and replace the default ‘roles_to_hide’ values with the user-roles I have created to delete them?

    I believe I used this code before (or something similar) and was successful in ‘removing’ the default ‘subscriber’ level from a website, and it seemed to have ‘deleted’ it, but I am not sure. Would doing this actually ‘delete’ the roles I enter into the code?

    I’d prefer they get deleted vs. just ‘hidden’. Hope that makes sense. I also figured I would ask you before attempting to do so and causing issues on my client site.

    Thanks in advance and have a great day!

    Plugin Author Vladimir Garagulia


    Hi Roger,

    Thanks for the good words. You are welcome to send a short review 🙂

    This code just hides roles. It deletes nothing.
    In order to delete role you should:
    1st, revoke it from the users, which have it. You may find record to process with this query:

    select * from wp_usermeta where meta_key='wp_capabilities';

    Replace ‘wp_’ with your custom database prefix, if you changed it.

    User’s roles are saved at the serialized PHP array. So you need to write PHP code in order to process this data record by record, removing needed role from users.

    2nd, update wp_options table record which contains user roles data and delete the role and its capabilities information. This post may help

    How to change WordPress User Role capabilities

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