January 2nd, 2013 by Gage Pacifera
The Harmonic Northwest $houtout is an effort to give some money and recognition to those selfless developers who offer up their expertise to help the development community in exchange for a voluntary donation.
This first $houtout of the year goes to Brandon Wamboldt and his excellent WordPress plugin WordPress Access Control. I used this plugin on a couple of sites recently and it worked out very nicely.
The plugin allows you to restrict post content (including pages and custom post types) to specific user roles. You can do this on a page-by-page basis, by menu widget or also for the entire site. I found the plugin to very easy to use and from what I’ve read it seems to be better at what it does than a lot of other user/role restriction plugins out there. There are plenty of configuration options, including options for setting whether the default state of post is public or private and options to select which custom post types to apply restrictions to.
I’m hoping that a future iteration of the plugin will include the ability to restrict custom menus to specific roles (right now it’s just members/non-members), but that’s the only feature it was lacking for my purposes.
Great plugin Brandon, thanks!