View the WordPress admin as a different role or visitor, switch between users, temporarily change your capabilities, set default screen settings for roles.
The ultimate User switcher and Role manager
This plugin will add a menu item to your admin bar where you can change your view in the WordPress admin.
Switch to other users without the need to login as that user or even switch roles and temporarily change your own capabilities.
When you're viewing as a different user, you can also change this user's preferences; like screen settings on various admin pages.
With the "Role defaults" module you can set default screen settings and metabox locations for roles and apply them to users through various bulk actions.
It also features a "Role manager" module to add, edit or remove roles and grant or deny them capabilities.
Note: Changes made with the Role Manager are permanent!
This plugin will work with most other plugins but these are tested:
Full list of tested plugins and details: Compatibility & Integrations
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Please let me know by creating a new issue and describe your idea.
Pull Requests are very welcome!
When a view is selected there is a reset button available on the dropdown. If you get a 403 page of WordPress you can return with the link that this plugin will add to those pages. And if even that doesn't work just add "?reset-view" in the address bar and you're good to go! This will work on all pages as long as you are logged in.
Please let me know through the support and add a plugins and themes list! :) https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/view-admin-as
You have nothing to worry about.
All the plugin functionality is only run if the user is logged in AND is allowed to use this plugin (website admin or custom capabilities).
This plugin will do absolutely nothing if the above requirements are not met.
So basically if your admin users are safe, this plugin will be safe. Note: if your admin users aren't safe, this plugin is the last one to worry about ;)
Installation of this plugin works like any other plugin out there. Either:
Or search for "View Admin As" via your plugins menu.
view-admin-as.php file into the root of your mu-plugins directory, not in the
This is a limitation of WordPress and probably won't change soon.
All files dir:
Main file dir:
This plugin will only be useful for admins (network super admins or regular admins). It will not add functionalities for other roles unless you specifically apply custom capabilities for those users.
Also keep in mind that switching to users that have equal roles is disabled. (regular admins to regular admins + super admins to super admins)
I've created this at first for myself since I'm a developer and often need to see the outcome on roles which my clients use.
So, when you are developing a plugin or theme that does anything with roles or capabilities you can use this plugin to easily check if everything works. No more hassle of creating test users and constantly logging out and in anymore!
This plugin is also useful to support your clients and/or users. For example; make screen display presets of the edit and overview pages before you let them log in.
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