Do you run a multi-author blog or have hired employees? What to give an employee special access, but haven’t found the right plugin to do so? A few months ago, I hired an editor from Outsource.com and moved this person into the “editor” role by editing their profile. The User Members Access plugin allowed me to create custom rolls for each of my employees, giving me full control over what features they have access to.
I Created extra roles to show that you can create unlimited roles by using the User Members Access plugin.
The Users Members Access plugin has multiple uses. Below I will be showing you what I use this plugin for on this blog.
Why I use the User Members Access plugin:
- Manage sign ups – When someone registers, I can approve or reject their account. This ensures no spammers get past all filters I have in place. When someone registers, I expect a guest blog post from them the same week. If they don’t do anything within a week, I remove them. Chances are, they were I bot that I didn’t catch.
- Make certain registration fields required on the registration page
- Manage Users Roles – Edit any user group role and remove certain permissions or give more permissions. You can even create special user groups for specific roles. This comes in handy when you have hired employees, giving them just enough access to fulfill their role.
The Plugin Settings
Let me show you some screenshots of this plugin in action. I’d recommend this plugin to anyone who runs a multi-authored blog or people who hire writers and staff. If you’re looking to hire employees for your blog, check out our post on the the best freelance sites to hire from.
You will have to register on their website to add the API key to use this plugin after you install it. Choose the free membership like I have done. I have no reason to upgrade myself so I won’t be talking about the paid features. Make sure you check out the paid plan to see what all of your options are.
Each time someone registers, you will receive a notification email. From here, you can login to your admin dashboard to determine if the user is a bot or a person and approve or deny their request.
Here is the settings page.
In your admin dashboard, navigate to “users —> manage sign ups” to view the page.
Here you can create new fields to make your registration more strict. I am still using the default WordPress ones and left these unchecked to disable them.
Templates (Upgrade to Premium for this feature)
Edit the email templates to customize them. Here are the templates to edit.
Roles & Capabilities
This is where you can edit the current user groups, including the Administrator one. Don’t worry, editing the admin setting won’t change your settings on the blog. This feature is only for a hired administrator that you want to give limited access to.
Create as many new roles as you want. I created a new editor role for my current editor because I issued more permissions than what this user group gets by default.
That’s all the features for the free version of this plugin. If you’re looking for a little more, check out the premium version of the User Members Access
plugin. After awhile, you may want to give a certain editor more access to things behind the scenes. This plugin allows you to create user groups with fully customizable settings, which is the main reason I use this plugin.
Are you currently using this plugin? If so, how do you have it set up and are you using the paid version? Please share your comments below.
Don’t forget to share this blog post with your followers who are thinking about hiring staff. It’ll give them more power over who does what.