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How to Hide Blocks from Specific Users in WordPress Editor

Are you looking for a way to hide certain WordPress blocks from a user role?

The WordPress content editor offers a lot of flexibility in creating content using blocks. However, you may want to disable some blocks for different user roles. This is helpful if you run a multi-author website or don’t want others to access specific blocks.

In this article, we will show you how to hide blocks from specific users in the WordPress content editor.

How to Hide blocks from specific users in WordPress editor

Why Hide Blocks from Specific Users in the Content Editor?

WordPress blocks are content elements you add to your blog post or page. You can add blocks for images, videos, paragraphs, galleries, and more. Many WordPress plugins also add blocks to the content editor.

Since each block lets you edit your article or landing page, it is a good idea to hide or disable some of the blocks based on WordPress user roles. This way, your website content will remain consistent and won’t have unwanted blocks and layouts.

Let’s say you have a multi-author website. You can hide the tables block in the WordPress content editor for author and contributor user roles. This helps streamline your editorial workflow.

Similarly, you can also prevent different user roles from using blocks added by different plugins.

For instance, WPForms lets you embed forms in the content editor using the WPForms block. Stopping other users from accessing the block can help you stay in control and only display forms where you think are necessary.

That said, let’s see how to hide or disable blocks for specific users in WordPress.

Hiding Blocks from Specific Users in WordPress Editor

The best way to hide blocks based on user roles is by using the PublishPress Blocks plugin. It gives you more control over the WordPress block editor and adds more blocks like an image slider, search bar, pricing table, and more.

First, you’ll need to install and activate the PublishPress Blocks plugin. The free version has a good set of features for this tutorial, but feel free to upgrade to the Pro version to get more advanced tools.

If you need help with the plugin installation, then please see our guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Once installed, you can head to the Blocks » Block Permissions from the WordPress dashboard.

Then, you can choose a user profile whose block permissions you’d like to modify from the dropdown menu at the top.

Selecting a user role to edit its block permissions on PublishPress Blocks plugin

To hide any WordPress block from the selected user role, simply click the toggle to disable it.

For example, in the image below, we will disable the ‘Heading’ and ‘Quote’ blocks for any user with the Author role.

Setting Block Permissions example on PublishPress Blocks plugin

Don’t forget to click the ‘Save Block Permissions’ button when you’re done.

Additionally, you can click ‘Enable or disable all blocks’ to activate or deactivate all of the blocks at once for a specific user role. This feature may come in handy if the user is not supposed to deal with editing your post or page content, like a comment moderator.

That’s it! You’ve successfully disabled the WordPress block for a user role on your website. Now, you can repeat this to hide blocks for other user roles.

We hope this article helped you learn how to hide blocks from specific users in the WordPress editor. You may also want to see our guide on how to increase your blog traffic and our comparison of the best managed WordPress hosting.

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