Groups is designed as an efficient, powerful and flexible solution for group-oriented memberships and content access control.
It provides group-based user membership management, group-based capabilities and access control for content, built on solid principles.
Groups is light-weight and offers an easy user interface, while it acts as a framework and integrates standard WordPress capabilities and application-specific capabilities along with an extensive API.
Enhanced functionality is available via Official Extensions for Groups.
The official documentation is located at the Groups Documentation pages.
- Supports an unlimited number of groups
- Provides a Registered group which is automatically maintained
- Users can be assigned to any group
- Users are added automatically to the Registered group
- Supports group hierarchies with capability inheritance
- Integrates standard WordPress capabilities which can be assigned to groups and users
- Supports custom capabilities: allows to define new capabilities for usage in plugins and web applications
- Users inherit capabilities of the groups they belong to
- Groups inherit capabilities of their parent groups
Access to posts, pages and custom post types can be restricted by group.
If access to a post is restricted to one or more groups, only users who belong to one of those groups may view the post.
Fully supports custom post types, so that access to post types such as products or events can easily be restricted.
- Built-in access control that allows to restrict access to posts, pages and custom content types to specific groups and users only
- Control access to content by groups: shortcodes allow to control who can access content on posts, show parts to members of certain groups or to those who are not members –
Shortcodes: [groups_member], [groups_non_member]
- Control access to content by capabilities: show (or do not show) content to users who have certain capabilities –
Shortcodes: [groups_can], [groups_can_not]
- Blocks: The Groups Member block allows to restrict the visibility of its content to members of selected groups.
The Groups Non-Member block hides its content from members of chosen groups.
The blocks can be nested to provide multiple layers of access control to content.
Easy user interface
- Integrates nicely with the standard WordPress Users menu
- Provides an intuitive Groups menu
- Conceptually clean views showing the essentials
- Quick filters
- Bulk-actions where needed, for example apply capabilities to groups, bulk-add users to groups, bulk-remove users from groups
- Enable access restrictions by custom post type
- An optional tree view for groups can be shown when desired
- Provides its own set of permissions
- Administrator overrides for tests
- Cleans up after testing with a “delete all plugin data” option
- Groups is designed based on a solid and sound data-model with a complete API that allows developers to create group-oriented web applications and plugins
- All features are supported independently for each blog in multisite installations
Enhanced functionality is available via official Extensions for Groups.
Groups is a large project that is providing essential functionality to tens of thousands of sites since 2012. By getting an official extension, you help fund the work that is necessary to maintain and improve Groups.
- Groups WooCommerce : Sell Memberships with Groups and WooCommerce – the best Group Membership and Access Control solution for WordPress and WooCommerce.
- WooCommerce Group Coupons : Automatically apply and restrict coupon validity for user groups. Offer exclusive, automatic and targeted discounts for your customers.
- Groups Drip Content : Release content on a schedule. Content dripping can be based on user account creation, group memberships and specific dates and times.
- Groups File Access : Allows to provide file download links for authorized users. Access to files is restricted to users by their group membership.
- Groups Restrict Categories : Features access restrictions for categories, tags and other WordPress taxonomies, including support for custom post types and taxonomies.
- Groups Forums : A powerful and yet light-weight forum system for WordPress sites.
- Groups Import Export : Provides import and export facilities around users and groups.
- Groups Newsletters : Newsletter Campaigns for Subscribers and Groups.
- Widgets Control Pro : An advanced Widget toolbox that adds visibility management and helps to control where widgets are shown efficiently.
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Many thanks for your help!
This plugin provides 2 blocks.
- Upload or extract the
groupsfolder to your site’s
/wp-content/plugins/directory. You can also use the Add new option found in the Plugins menu in WordPress.
- Enable the plugin from the Plugins menu in WordPress.
Where is the documentation?
The official documentation is located at the Groups Documentation pages.
I have a question, where do I ask?
For questions directly related to Groups, you can leave a comment at the Groups Plugin page.
How do I restrict access to a post?
Let’s assume you want members of the Premium group to be able to view some restricted posts.
- If you want to create a new protected post, simply go to Posts > Add New as usual and in the Groups box input Premium in the Read field. Save or publish your post.
- If you want to protect an existing post you can simply edit it, input Premium in the Read field of the Groups box and update the post.
In both cases, it doesn’t matter if the Premium group already exists or not, if it doesn’t, it will be created automatically.
If the Premium group already exists and you want to protect one or more existing posts in bulk, go to Posts, select all posts you want to protect and choose Edit in the Bulk Actions dropdown.
Now click Apply, select the Premium group and click Update.
After you publish or update your posts, only members of the Premium group will be able to see them.
I want Advanced and Premium members, where the Premium members can access everything that Advanced members can access. How can I do that?
Example: Advanced and Premium members
- Go to Groups > Groups > New Group and add two new groups, let’s call them Advanced and Premium – select Advanced as the Parent for the Premium group.
- Now create an example post that only members of the Advanced group should be able to access and choose the Advanced group in the Read field of the Groups box.
- Create another post for members of the Premium group and choose the Premium group for that post.
- Assign test users to both groups, log in as each user in turn and see which posts will be accessible.
How do I limit access to posts so that users in group A can not read the same as those in group B and vice-versa?
Example: Green and Red members
- Go to Groups > Groups > New Group and add two new groups, let’s call them Green Members and Red Members
- Now create an example post that only members of the Green Members group should be able to see and choose the Green Members group in the Groups box.
- Create another post for Red Members and choose the Red Members group for that post.
- Assign a test user to each of the groups, log in as one of them and you will see that the member of the Green Members group will only have access to the post protected by that group but not to the post protected with the Red Members group and vice-versa.
Are access restrictions for Custom Post Types (CPT) supported?
Yes. Access restrictions can be turned on or off for specific CPTs on the Groups > Options page.
How can I show groups that users belong to on their profile page in the admin section?
Go to Groups > Options and enable the option under User profiles.
Developers … aka … What about Groups’ API?
The Groups plugin provides an extensive framework to handle memberships, group-based capabilities and access control.
The API documentation is available here: Groups API.
Contributors and Developers
“Groups” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.Contributors
For the full changelog see changelog.txt.