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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.

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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!

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.

Why AAM ?
By , for WP 4.3.3

it is great plugin , it help us to mange access to pages , posts and post types with defined privileges among multi users.

Great plugin, great support
By , for WP 4.4.1

Really usefull! combine with Ultimate Member (other plugin) it works perfectly and let you able to control access evrywhere with ease.

My only whishes is to integrate Ultimate Menber feature into AAM...

oh ! ...and I would like other plugins support to be the same as for AAM ! really great !

By , for WP 4.3.1

I like this plugin, it's all I've been looking for.

a best plugin to manage backend roles
By , for WP 4.3.1

I read a bit the reviews, good ones, bad ones.
Plugin installed on a multisite.

So far no issues with:
- with website speed
- media links
- lost admin roles

I'm running on GenesisWP theme and a few basic plugins.

Good work!

issue with version 3
By , for WP 4.3.1

great component...just installed latest version but there is an issue with the items in the backend menu tab. the individual items in the list don't toggle. they open but immediately close again. any idea what causes this.

Great product
By , for WP 4.3.1

Although I also experienced the images bug a while ago, the product before and after this bug is great. Just be sure to test your settings with different user roles; it is a really powerful tool which can allow people right into your back-end if not set right.

Awesome, The Best One
By , for WP 4.3.1

I love it!

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