CMS-like permissions for reading and editing. Content-specific restrictions and roles supplement/override WordPress roles. User groups optional.
First, the need for this plugin is huge and I really want it to work. It has two strikes against it.
1) Most serious is that it screws up custom menus (which should not be a part of the plugin's process at all). It will take content from one menu and add it to another, and the same in reverse. The testing I did to isolate the problem involved stripping everything out of my site, deactivating all plugins and then reactivating them one-by-one, testing the menus.
2) The plugin is overly complex, with interwoven configuration elements. There needs to be a "lite" version of this that allows you to (a) define a role, (b) assign capabilities to a role, (c) assign those capabilities to a user and then (d) assign a user to a page (or other element). You can do this with Role Scoper, but the UX is obtuse.
Took us hours to configure, only to find out that all posts which are not custom post type were invisible to non logged in users. Hence, the site was practically down for more than 2 days.
On a support query that I submitted in the developer's website I go no timely response so I had to uninstall the plugin and search for a different solution.
The reason it got an additional star to the minimum 1 is because it supposed Custom Post Types.
There's a complete lack of overview, some basic stuff is not working (like saving custom RS Role Definitions). It would saved me a lot of time and stress if I would have programmed what I needed myself
I understand the hard work with free plugins and we are greatful. As a review I must say that this plugin is a mess to understand. No logic, compare to all other similar plugins out there.
And the graphics is like Windows frontend from 1997.
To work with roles and construct an architecture for your clients, burns a lot of braincells just to plan and "bake the cake" with a good user personal structure. This plugin makes it harder to even understand whats going on. You get totally lost.
I give it 2 stars, couse once you understand how this plugin handle roles and caps, post p post basis, attachments and front end views, IT WORKS technicly.
But in real life for the sake of user experiance, it will not work.
We use this with Revisionary (from the same author). It generally works but there are some serious bugs, one of which breaks TinyMCE. This has been reported on the forum but so far no fix from the developer.