Plugin Reviews

Advanced Access Manager

One of the best tools in WordPress repository to manage access to your posts, pages, categories and backend area for users, roles and visitors.

150 reviews
Average Rating
3.5 out of 5 stars
Pure Gold
By , for WP 4.5.2

This is definitely a fantastic manager of roles, capabilities, as well as an easy way to hide parts of the backend by role. I have used others, but this is the best one I've found so far.

The 1-star reviews are clearly looking for a different plugin, and misunderstood what this one does. It's true that for posts and pages on the front end (above the limitations imposed by the free version), you'll need to pay for the pro version. But if that's what you're looking for, maybe you really want a membership plugin instead. That's not what this is, so don't be confused.

This is a perfectly awesome and full featured FREE plugin that allows easy management of your backend, on a per role or per user basis. It's great for simplifying your backend for users who don't need the full suite of options, are easily confused, or those who are dangerous. ;-)

By , for WP 4.5.2

Nothing short of pure epicness, best role editor plugin ever!

Besides of being slow, author lied.
By , for WP 4.5.2

I hate lies, and when I install a plugin after the description has lied to me, I tend to get mad.

"Advanced Access Manager (aka AAM) is the only free plugin that allows you to control access to your posts, pages or backend area on user, visitor and role levels."

That's crap. The most important features asks you for a "pro" suscription. So it is not absolutely free.
I could have bought a licence, but I hate lies.

Free version is useless
By , for WP 4.5.1

The free version seems to be massively restricted to the point where it's pretty much useless and only serves as ad advertisement for the pro version. I have nothing against premium plugins but this free version seems to only exist so it can be in the wordpress directory which seems dishonest and potentially a breach of the guidelines.

Awfully limited now
By , for WP 4.5

Since an update not too long ago this plugin has become useless for me. I used to be able to set up users that allowed access to certain custom post types... now you can only set access to SINGLE posts? Seriously?

To top it off, the administration is terribly slow. Moving on, looking for a new option.

Good Plugin.
By , for WP 4.4.2

Using the free version.

I think I need it for a non-profit website.
So I will have to pay for it.

The free version looks OK.
Haven't had any issues, and it does what it is supposed to do.
I have tried deactivating/reactivating it - everything continues to work - no issues here.

I will only use category blocking for visitors, so, will not use the full features.
I haven't found another plugin to do the same.(it is my first wordpress experience).

Note that the interface could be simpler to use.

thanks vasyl!

Not working well
By , for WP 4.4.2

Issues with front-page hiding of pages.

The basic version has limitations
By ,

The plugin is fine, and I set it up as I wanted, but at the end I discovered that there's a limitation of 10 pages to hide/show, and you have to buy $30 extension to use the plugin without the limits. Very sad and frustrated :(

Excellent permissions plugin
By , for WP 4.4.2

I am using AAM 3.0.10 with WP 4.4.2. It is the best permissions management tool I have found. (I tried plenty of them.) It allows me to limit what permissions users have as well as which pages or blogs they have access to. Page and blog access allow separate control for list / read / update. We have a very complex site in regards to which users can edit which pages, etc. This plugin gives us all the control we need.

AAM is compatible with UM (Ultimate Member). I found that some other plugins are not compatible with UM. The other plugin blocked menu access. AAM blocks permissions. With AAM, even if a user sees an edit link, they will not be able to edit a page if they do not have permission to do so in AAM. I think it quite likely that other membership plugins would be similar.

In a perverse way, the negative reviews are a tribute to the power of AAM. Before I installed AAM on my production site, I experimented with it on a locahlost site, and I was very glad I did so. I also found several helpful YouTube tutorials. Here are some other suggestions that will help your site run smoothly.

Create custom roles and base them on a standard WP role. Never edit the standard WP roles. If you are like me, you will go back to them several times as a reference. Use two browsers -- one to set permissions, and one to log in as a test user to see exactly what the permission change does.

Group your pages into categories. Group your users into WP roles. For page access, control page categories to WP roles (not users to pages).

Go light on permission edits. Use only the minimum number of edits required. Pay attention to the permissions that warn in red that performance may be slowed.

Finally, if you make any changes, turn caching off. Changes in permissions will not be seen when caching is on. When you are done, turn caching back on. If you forgot, turn caching off, then back on again. This will force AAM to rebuild it's "quick access file".

The one thing I wish AAM would add is page groups. Then I could assign 2 or more groups to a WP role. Users would have access to all the groups to which they are assigned. But even without this feature, AAM is the best permissions editor available.

Work as expected!
By , for WP 4.4.2

I'm looking for plugins that could let me assign any capability to the user roles I want and this plugin just fits my needs.

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