Do you want to restrict an author’s ability to only post in certain categories of your WordPress site?
If you are running a multi-author blog, it can be helpful to limit the author’s ability to post in only a selected category or sections of your website.
In this article, we’re going to show you how to restrict authors to a specific category in WordPress.
Why limit authors to a certain category?
If there is more than one person writing for your WordPress blog, chances are they are not selecting the appropriate category.
By restricting authors to certain categories, you can limit the categories they can choose. You can even assign an author to post in just one category.
Not only does this help them focus on their writing skills, but it can also prevent content from being posted in the wrong category.
Overall, using categories properly can also be of great benefit to your website’s SEO ranking.
Here’s how to limit authors to a specific category in WordPress
The easiest way to do this is to use the Restricted Authors plugin. For more information, see our beginner’s guide to installing a WordPress plugin.
After activating the plugin, go to User »All users Then click on “Edit” for the user profile that you want to restrict.
On their profile page you have to scroll down. You will see a section where you can select categories that you want to restrict the user’s ability to post. In the first field you can use the category you selected.
In the field below you can choose a default category for this particular user.
When you’re done, hit the “Update User” button and you’re done.
Now when the author creates a post in the WordPress content editor, the following will appear in his sidebar:
As you can see, no other categories can be selected due to the plugin settings we use.
If you want to restrict your WordPress user role to specific sections or custom post types, you can use the member plugin to further customize the permissions.
We hope this has helped you learn how to restrict writers to a specific category in WordPress. You may also want to check out our guide on how to create a WordPress membership site and our expert pick of the best WordPress plugins for any website.
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