Do you want to restrict editors to only edit certain pages on your WordPress website?
By default, a user with editor permissions can edit any page or post on your website. However, sometimes you may want to restrict them from editing certain pages.
In this article, we will show you how to easily allow editors to only edit certain pages in WordPress.
Why Stop Editors From Editing All Pages in WordPress?
Many WordPress websites are structured in a way where editors are usually responsible for content like articles and blog posts.
If you do not want editors to be able to edit pages or want them to only edit specific pages on your WordPress blog, then you will need to modify the editor user role on your site.
Having said that, let’s see how to allow WordPress editors to only edit certain pages.
How to Allow Editors to Only Edit Certain Pages in WordPress
Upon activation, head over to the Capabilities » Capabilities page from the WordPress admin sidebar.
Once you are there, you need to select the ‘Editor’ option from the ‘Role Capabilities’ dropdown menu.
After that, switch to the ‘Editing’ tab from the left column and simply uncheck the ‘Edit’ option in the ‘Pages’ row.
Once you do that, editors on your website won’t be able to edit pages anymore.
However, if you only want the editor to edit their own pages, then you can uncheck the ‘Edit Others’ option in the ‘Pages’ row.
This means that editors won’t be able to edit any page that’s not published or created by them.
Next, you can also prevent editors from publishing or editing published pages on your website by unchecking the boxes for those options in the ‘Pages’ row.
Finally, don’t forget to click the ‘Save Changes’ button at the top to store your settings.
Now, to make sure that editors are not able to edit pages, you need to assign an administrator user as the author of those pages.
You can do this by going to the Pages » All Pages screen from the WordPress sidebar and clicking the check box to select all pages.
After that, you need to select ‘Edit’ under the ‘Bulk Actions’ dropdown menu and then click on the ‘Apply’ button.
This will load the bulk edit box where you can change the author of all selected pages.
As an administrator, you can assign yourself as the author of all pages or another user with an administrator user role.
Don’t forget to click on the ‘Update’ button to save your changes.
If you have more than 20 pages, then you may need to click on the next button to load the next 20 pages and repeat the process to bulk change the author for all pages.
Now you have stopped editors from editing any pages on your WordPress site.
However, if you want, then you can still allow editors to be able to edit specific pages.
To do this, click the ‘Quick Edit’ link under the page where you want the editor to be able to make changes.
This will open the ‘Quick Edit’ meta box, where you can choose the editor’s name from the ‘Author’ dropdown menu.
Once you do that, the editor will be able to edit and make changes to the specific page that you select for them.
Finally, don’t forget to click the ‘Update’ button to save your changes.
We hope this article helped you learn how to allow WordPress editors to only edit certain pages. You may also want to see our tutorial on how to limit authors to their own posts in WordPress admin and our ultimate WordPress security guide for beginners.