Groups Restrict Categories

Groups Restrict Categories features access restrictions for categories, tags and other WordPress taxonomies, including support for custom post types and taxonomies.

This extension based on Groups is useful if you want to restrict access to whole categories and their related posts. Beyond categories, it also allows to control access to other taxonomies like tags or those that are provided by third-party extensions in the form of custom post types and taxonomies. Menu

If you are using the popular WooCommerce, you can use this extension to restrict access to products by Product Categories or Product Tags. This can be useful if you have certain products which only specific customer groups should be able to purchase, like exclusive products and packages for wholesale and distributors.


Read more about how this plugin is used in the Documentation.


This premium extension is available in the Shop.


New access restriction options

Edit Category

Enabling access restrictions by taxonomy


91 Responses to Groups Restrict Categories

  1. Bradley June 6, 2014 at 7:06 am #

    Hi, I posted a comment previously. Not quite sure why or how it was deleted, please can you assist on this.

    We just bought the Groups Restrict Categories extension. Is there a way to restrict the visibility of the categories in the menu based on the user group?

    For instance if I have 3 categories (General, Premium, Platinum) and 3 groups associated to those categories (also, general, premium, platinum) restricting post content, is it possible to only show the category for the logged in user in the menu, based on his group?

    As in only show Premium in the menu if a user from the group premium is logged in.

    Currently all 3 categories show up in my menu, but only content from premium is displayed.

    I watched the video on this page, and from the video it seemed possible to do this, that’s why we went with this plugin.

    • kento June 10, 2014 at 7:08 pm #

      Hi, it was pending moderation. I’ve just posted a reply suggesting the use of a filter – although it should happen automatically, if your theme doesn’t go through the normal process the filter that I’ve mentioned might help. Which theme are you using please?

      • Michael August 1, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

        Hi Kento, I have the same issue, and bought the Restrict Categories plugin for the same reason. I have menu items that are categories — the parent menu item points to a group-restricted page, and is correctly hidden. The child menu items are group-restricted categories (pointing to category pages) and are displaying outside of the parent since the parent is hidden.

        I don’t see your reply that you mentioned above — could you share this with me also? Thanks in advance!

        • kento August 5, 2014 at 10:42 am #

          Hi Michael,

          Could you please explain what you mean by “… are displaying outside of the parent since the parent is hidden”? Also what type of links are you using in the menus for these and are they all restricted to groups?

          • Michael August 5, 2014 at 11:03 am #

            Thanks for getting back to me so quickly!
            So the menu consists of category links (each one takes you to a category page), and all of the categories are restricted to one group, “providers”.
            The parent menu item links to the “providers” page, which is also restricted to the “providers” group. When I log in as a user who isn’t part of the providers group, I don’t see that parent menu item, but I do see all the category links. So instead of

            Providers (page)
            -category A
            -category B
            -category C

            all being hidden, I see

            category A category B category C…

            • kento August 9, 2014 at 10:45 am #

              Ok thanks I see what you mean now. Yes, the category menu items will show up, although the items in the categories remain hidden unless the user has access. It might be a good addition to be able to also have the category menu items hidden when the user does not have access. I’ll review this and will issue an update if that is feasible.

              • Michael August 10, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

                Thanks, Kento! That would be super useful.

              • Chris October 24, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

                Hi Kento

                We recently purchased this plugin at my office and were hoping that category menu items would be hidden as well. If you could include this in a future update of the plugin it would be greatly appreciated.

                • kento October 26, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

                  Hi Chris,

                  Thanks for your feedback on the feature request, I hope that this can be added soon!


              • Iggi Vermaak February 19, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

                Hello Kento

                Hope you are doing well. Also need this feature to show category items to the group that has access only. Will you be looking into this in the very near future?

                • kento February 26, 2015 at 8:55 pm #

                  Hi Iggi,

                  Thanks for commenting on that, too – it’s been postponed as work is being done on Groups that will likely affect this.

              • Iggi Vermaak February 19, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

                Actually find a really easy work around. If you use the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast, but this would work with any plugin that allows 301 redirects. Just create your pages using the same category names as the actual category archives you want to limit to a group, enforce the same group capabilities on the pages, in the Yoast settings go to the advanced tab and then issue a 301 redirect to the category. Now you can include the pages in your menu instead and they will only show for the intended group. Clicking these will obviously then redirect to the category archive you intended to show.

                • kento February 26, 2015 at 8:57 pm #

                  Thanks for sharing that, sounds like a working solution :)

  2. Rainer June 19, 2014 at 7:14 am #


    i also would like to know, if it is possible to show logged in users different menus, depending on their group. How can i do that?

    Thanks in advance,

    • kento June 19, 2014 at 8:53 pm #

      Hi Rainer,

      Currently you can’t show different menus unless you build something that would compose the menu items depending on who views the site. Up to a certain extent, you can have menu items show up or not based on their access restrictions though.

      But the idea sounds useful, I’ll add this to the suggested features so we have a further look at it and maybe implement it.


  3. Jonathan July 15, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    Does this work with Custom Post Types?

    • kento July 16, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

      That would rather be custom taxonomies, see the documentation for details please.

  4. Victoria August 8, 2014 at 9:18 pm #

    Hello! Is Groups 404 Redirect supposed to work with the Restricted Categories add-on? I just purchased the add-on expecting the 404 Redirect to work like it does for specific posts and pages, however the redirect is not happening… Thank you!

    • kento August 9, 2014 at 11:32 am #

      Hi Victoria, yes they work together, but you must enable this under Settings > Groups 404 > “Redirect restricted categories, tags and taxonomy terms …” Cheers!

      • Victoria August 9, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

        Kento, easy enough! Thank you! I do have another question – I have a post in 2 categorie: Launch, and Meditations. Meditations is protected, and Launch is unprotected.

        Goal: If someone accesses the category/launch page, they will see the posts with both categories, however if they try to access the category/meditations page, they will get redirected to my chosen page. If someone accesses the post in question directly, they will not be redirected (I do not have the post itself protected, just one of the 2 categories it is marked).

        Is this possible? It was possible using another Membership plugin I had in place before switching to Groups, so my fingers are crossed!


        • kento August 11, 2014 at 9:00 am #

          If your post is protected by category, then you can’t access the post directly. The very intent of protecting a post is that you can’t access it unless you possess appropriate privileges. So for example, if you have two categories, Public and Premium where only privileged users can access content assigned to the Premium category, if you assign a post to both categories it will only be visible to members of the groups that can access the Premium category. If you want to have a post visible to anyone, simply don’t assign it to a protected category. What you can do is create a version of the protected post that is accessible to public visitors.

  5. Torre Kean August 18, 2014 at 3:30 am #

    It appears that the RSS feed urls (all variations) for the categories I have restricted are being protected. Is this intentional? I am a logged in user with the correct permissions, and the feed URL is being blocked/redirecting. It does not happen for un-protected/un-restricted categories’ feed urls.

    Help! I need to set up an RSS Email Newsletter for premium members to deliver their content daily, and this is making it impossible!


    • kento August 21, 2014 at 11:00 am #

      Hi Torre, the feeds should be protected but visible to users with the right credentials. To be able to access a feed, the viewer must be logged in, which can be a problem if the feed reader does not allow you to get across the login.

  6. Sean September 4, 2014 at 4:20 am #

    Just wanted to do a quick check: because of support of custom post-types and taxonomies, this plugin would allow me to restrict access to Topics in Groups Forums, right?

    • kento September 4, 2014 at 11:12 am #

      Hi Sean, yes that’s correct.

  7. Amedeo September 6, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

    i update to wp 4.0 and the protect pages hangs, there is problems with this update?
    Thanks in advance,

    • antonio September 9, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

      this is compatible with the last version.

  8. Mo October 4, 2014 at 12:00 am #

    I’m not sure if this is the right extension or I should use other Group one instead.

    There will be some new products showing on my homepage, with image and product title. These new product image are show to all client level, however, login is need to access the product detail page/catalog. In that way, I don’t want the products to be hidden, but restrict the access to product detail and add to cart to login user only.

    Please advise.

    • kento October 7, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

      Hi, Groups itself would be sufficient. If you restrict products, then these restrictions also apply to the shop page for example. You would have to modify filters based on what is displayed or what might be easier is to use an alternative to that, for example posts that outline basics of the product and link to the actual product page.

  9. James November 5, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

    Hi, I’m using a forum wordpress theme (called forumengine by enginethemes) where it’s possible for registered users to create and reply to either POSTS or THREADS. I’ve installed the groups restrict categories plugin and it works fine for restricting access to categories and tags in POSTS but it does not provide the same functionality to the category and tag taxonomies in THREADS. Is there a way to fix that?



    • kento November 14, 2014 at 11:22 am #

      Hi James,

      I’ll contact the authors to see if we can get access to the theme and run compatibility tests.


  10. laurent November 13, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

    Hi, I create a website, restricting categories for subscribers and it works fine. But I have created a free access, where posts are published with the “free-studies” categories, but I can’t saw it appearing in the website. Is there something special to do to allow simply visitors to see it ?

    • kento November 14, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

      Hi Laurent,

      Nothing special really, do you have any restrictions set on the posts or the category they belong to? Can you post a link to the site please?

      • laurent November 14, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

        Free access.

        • laurent November 14, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

          something which seems very strange. Seems to work in Chrome but not in safari. In chrome I can view the posts but in safari, nothing appear

          • kento November 14, 2014 at 1:58 pm #

            Ok that isn’t related to the plugin then, to me this rather sounds like it’s related to the theme and how it displays in different browsers. Also take into account that you might be logged in on one browser but not on the other one.

            • laurent November 14, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

              in fact, it seems that it doesn’t work with safari. If i am logged into chrome, it works fine, non logged, works fine, but in safari if I was logged, I saw the studies with groups without problems,. I only have a problem to see free studies in safari. I really don’t understand. If it was the theme, I normally was unable to read any posts, no ?

              Any suggestion ?

              • kento November 14, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

                It looks like an issue that the theme has with Safari. If it were related to any conflict while retrieving posts, it wouldn’t show in any browser.

            • laurent November 14, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

              I tried with firefox and it doesn’t work too. So it only works with chrome. Strange and I have no idea because if it was the theme, I couldn’t see anything “registered or not”.

              • kento November 14, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

                Have you tried switching the theme? Or maybe the theme authors know something about issues with Safari? I’ve looked at it through FF and don’t see a difference with Chrome right now.

              • laurent November 14, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

                I send them a message. Thank you for your help. I change a parameter in the template used and it seems working. Could you check it from your computer to be sure ?

                Thanks a lot.

                • kento November 14, 2014 at 9:23 pm #

                  Thanks Laurent, looks good from another machine here as well :)

              • laurent November 15, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

                Many thanks for your help.

  11. Sueli November 13, 2014 at 11:24 pm #

    Hi, will this plugin work with WordPress Catalog (

    I am creating products catalogs.
    Each catalog can only be seen by a group of people.

    • antonio November 14, 2014 at 11:40 am #

      sorry the plugin is not compatible with WordPress Catalog.

    • kento November 14, 2014 at 11:53 am #

      Hi Sueli,

      Thanks for asking, sorry I’ve checked it and they don’t work together.


      • Sueli November 14, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

        Thanks Kento and Antonio for the prompt reply.

  12. Shannon December 16, 2014 at 11:46 pm #

    Hi Kento –

    I purchased this plugin as part of a big site I’m working on using Groups. Based on your replay to Torre Kean, above, about RSS feeds still working – I thought I would be able to create an RSS email campaign that worked like this: the RSS email newsletter pulls the feed and shows the excerpt from the restricted categories posts, but then when the person clicks through, they need to log in and be a group member to read the full post (or access the category archive page).

    However, when this plugin is enabled, the entire category feed is blocked — therefore the email newsletter can’t pull any posts in at all. Is there any way around this? This is the last step in a VERY long process to get this newsletter working and I really really hope you can help me with a workaround. Thank you!

    • kento December 18, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

      Hi Shannon,

      As I’ve outlined on that above, the viewer must be logged in to be able to access the feed. The newsletter plugin would have to ‘find its way’ around the access restrictions to be able to retrieve the related posts and create the excerpts that should appear in the feed. It’s possible to do that using the API, but it would need to be done as a customization to the newsletter plugin that you are using.

      • Shannon December 18, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

        Ok bummer – we’re not using a newsletter plugin, but an RSS feed campaign from MailChimp, so that won’t work at all. Thanks for the response!

        • kento December 21, 2014 at 10:03 am #

          Would showing the excerpts on restricted posts in general be an option? If yes, then you could override some of the filters that Groups uses to restrict access.

  13. Anders December 29, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    hello, i am using your group plugin just now for my woocommerce shop. i have created group access that i assign to products and different roles can only see different groups/products when they login, what is fine :) i could see that you mention that Groups Restrict Categories is good for woocommerce if somebody want to create wholesale or vip shopping area e.g.

    this is what i want to create but i cant see any different from Group plugin with Groups Restrict Categories?

    Warm regards Anders

    • antonio January 2, 2015 at 9:47 am #

      If you have many products is an advantage, because you have not to edit one to one.

  14. Francesco January 17, 2015 at 9:53 am #

    I have a problem with a woocommerce site for my customer that is a barter company.
    They can sell only to member customer.

    I need a public page (shop) with the generic categories of products (wine, food, etc..) and when a unregistred user click on a category he must be redirect to the login page.

    I have try with groups/groups woocommerce

    – if i set restricted access for the shop page the non registred user can’t see it in menu.

    – if i leave public shop page and give restricted access for the categories, then show a blank shop page without categories.

    – if i don’t restrict categories and restrict the produts then the shop page show the categories (with right numbers of product inside) and when click for enter in the category show the message “no products for your selection”

    is possibile to resolve this problem with groups restrict categories or there is a way for have a only preview of categories for unregistred user?


    • kento January 26, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

      Hi Francesco,

      You can restrict the categories but you would have to use custom links in a menu to make them visible for non-authorized visitors. Using Groups 404 Redirect you can then redirect them to a page where they can sign up or log in.

      Note that the restricted categories and products do not show up if an unauthorized user (logged in or not) visits the pages, this is intended.

      I hope that helps but feel free to ask if you need further help.


  15. Dave January 20, 2015 at 5:52 am #

    Any way to edit the default message on category posts they do not have access to?

    • kento January 26, 2015 at 11:15 am #

      The default message is the one WordPress produces when it’s a 404, you could customize the template. Another option is to use Groups 404 Redirect, please have a look.

  16. Steve Powell February 3, 2015 at 8:55 am #

    hi, this is a pre-purchase enquiry – I want to have groups which are completely closed off from one another – so members of one group can post, comment and read only things in their own category (or their own tag), as if each group had separate sites. Is that possible?

    • kento February 5, 2015 at 11:52 am #

      Hi Steve,

      Thanks for asking, the Groups Restrict Categories plugin wouldn’t provide that functionality. I would either consider setting up separate sites (multisite setup) or a combination of Groups Forums and Groups Restrict Comments Pro might help you achieve the setup you’re looking for. Do you have any other requirements around this?


  17. Alex February 4, 2015 at 4:33 pm #


    is there a way to test the extension before I buy it. I am evaluation several different access management concepts.

    Thank you

    • kento February 4, 2015 at 5:34 pm #

      Hi Alex,

      If after purchasing it you’re certain that the extension does not provide the right solution to your deployment, you can request a refund assuming that you won’t be using it. We don’t insist on people paying for something they won’t use :) It would be great to provide an admin test site though, I hope we can have that available for all extensions.


  18. Thomas February 12, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

    Hi I purchased this plug in but mispelled my email address, so I didn’t get the download. I emailed several times with my receipt number from pay pal.

    • antonio February 12, 2015 at 7:14 pm #

      Can you access the downloads page ?

      • Thomas February 12, 2015 at 8:11 pm #

        Hi, oh ok… got it. Thanks

      • Thomas February 13, 2015 at 7:40 pm #

        I still need the key for the itthinx updater plug in though.

        • antonio February 16, 2015 at 10:28 am #

          You can set the service key in Plugins->Itthinx Updates.
          And get the key in this page.

          • Thomas February 17, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

            k thanks

  19. DavidMHall February 19, 2015 at 5:59 pm #


    Before I purchase the Restrict Categories pluigin I need to assure myself of the following:

    1. This plugin applies to Product Categories – I use woocommerce and mystile and Groups to creat a e-commrerce web site selling products – not memberships and no blog.
    2. If the User is not registered will the product categories be 100% hidden i.e. I require that an UNREGISTERED user not only to be restricted from accessing a category but ALSO to not be abble to locate or read the category.


    • antonio February 21, 2015 at 9:28 am #

      1.- Yes, you can restrict Woocommerce Product Categories.
      2.- The unregistered user can’t see the products in this category, if you use [product_categories] shortcode the user can’t see the restricted categories, but if you have a menu item with the category or he knows the link, the user can see the item and if he click then he can see an empty category.

      • David Hall February 23, 2015 at 5:08 pm #

        Hi Antonio,

        Thanks for your reply. When you say “(product_categories) shortcode the user can’t see the restricted categories” is this your shortcode (which comes with the Plug In) or is it Woothemes or WordPress. And please tell me where to paste the shortcode (in a page or pages for example and if so which pages). Please note that this is my first WordPress project. Thanks.

        • antonio February 24, 2015 at 7:45 am #

          Hi, this is a woocommerce shortcode

  20. David Hall February 20, 2015 at 3:12 pm #

    Hi, I previously (yesterday) posted a question abour the features of the Groups Restrict Categories i.e. whether the Catgory name could be viewed after restriction. I wouls really appreciate an answer today (by Noon GMT) so that I am free to work on my project over this weekend.


    • antonio February 21, 2015 at 9:31 am #

      Sorry, answered.

  21. andrei February 23, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

    Hi, first of all many thanks for this great plugin (Groups), it works like a charm.
    I’m using it to grant access to the Member users I have in the CRM system (CiviCRM), and works great, but I´m wondering if there is a way to restrict the access to the content with conditional statements, example:
    => If users is in “group_1″ AND “group_2″ Then
    Grant Access
    Restrict Access
    I have two types of subscriptions, a Corporate one and another one for the users (that the Company provides) that can actually view that specific content. So every users that is an employer of a Company A will inherit the corporate subscription, but they will need both subscriptions to access the content.
    Hope you can throw a light about how could I make this possible.

    Thanks in advance.

    • kento March 9, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

      Hi Andrei,

      one way to do that is to use the access restrictions to restrict the page to group_1 and then use

      [groups_member group="group_2"]Visible to members of group_1 and group_2 only.[/groups_member]

      inside the page. Would that work for your case?


  22. fiyas March 3, 2015 at 8:09 am #


    I would like to know if it is possible make posts visible of a specific category to specific group

    I have post category named announcement
    Under this category Iam creating a post.
    And I have two groups ( Red and Green ).

    Now my need is that the post created is visible to the red member only in a widget (iam using the Cherryfarmework and the widget used for displaying in footer is cherry- Resent post) . like wise those posts created visible to specific groups.

    If so what is steps that I have follow.

    Thanks in advance.

    • antonio March 4, 2015 at 8:45 am #

      Hi Fiyas,
      yes, with the plugin you can restrict posts in a category by groups.
      In your case you only need to restrict the category to group ‘Red’. Then all posts in this category will be only visible to this group.
      I don’t know how CherryFramework widget works but you can test it restricting a post to a group and check if this posts is visible or not in the widget by guests.

      • Fiyas March 4, 2015 at 11:08 am #

        Great i worked , Thnkzzzzzzzzz

        Now one more doubt ca it be restricted to a single user.
        If so how.


        • antonio March 5, 2015 at 7:06 am #

          Yes, you can create a ‘UserAGroup’, add the userA to this group and restrict the content to this group.

  23. Pamela March 4, 2015 at 12:39 am #

    Pre-purchase Questions:
    1) I want to restrict woocommerce categories by custom user roles.
    e.g. user with “role 1” cannot see woocommerce product categories “a, b or c”;
    user with “role 2” cannot see woocommerce product categories “b, c or d”, etc. Would you please confirm this feature before my purchase?
    2) Does it support multi-language e.g. Chinese?
    3) Does it apply to menu items e.g. Under Shop menu, “role 1″ user will see only product categories “a, b or c” but “role 2″ user will see “b, c or d” etc?
    4) Also, is there a refund period if the plugin does not work for our case?

    • kento March 9, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

      Hi Pamela,

      #1 Just to avoid any confusion: Groups doesn’t work with roles, it works with groups and so does the Groups Restrict Categories plugin. The restrictions would be per group, so for your example you could create a group that grants access to one set products and another group that grants access to another set of products.
      #2 It’s translation-ready but does not include any translation so you would have to create your required translations.
      #3 No. The products in the protected categories as outlined in #1 would not be visible but the categories if added to a menu would be.
      #4 See


  24. kvnmcwebn March 5, 2015 at 5:41 pm #

    hi I’m restricting access to products with woo commerce. I want to create custom capabilities named after the customer. But when creating custom capabilities how do you assign read access to them?

    • antonio March 6, 2015 at 9:05 am #

      please be sure you have included these capabilities to enforce read access on posts in Groups->Options.

  25. Wouter van der Zee March 12, 2015 at 8:44 am #


    I’ve purchased the Groups Restrict Categories plugin but cannot login to the download section. After purchase, do I have to receive an email with login details?

    Hope you can help.


    • antonio March 13, 2015 at 9:20 am #

      please have a look to your spam/junk email folder. Or visit Lost Password page.

      • Wouter van der Zee March 16, 2015 at 1:12 pm #

        Doesn’t find it in the spam folder. Also requested a lost password email, but didn’t receive that message either. I’ve purchased the plugin via PayPal (and received a confirmation email of that). Any suggestions?

        • kento March 17, 2015 at 5:38 pm #

          The email address you indicated with your order is invalid:

 Host or domain name not found. Name service error
          for type=A: Host not found

          Please contact support at itthinx dot com.

          • Wouter van der Zee March 20, 2015 at 10:17 am #

            Ok, I’ve send an email to support.

          • Wouter van der Zee March 24, 2015 at 9:57 am #

            Hi Kento, I send an email to support last week. Did you guys receive it? Haven’t received a reply yet. If there’s a problem with my e-mail address can you use my fallback address: zeepost at solcon dot nl. Thanks!

            • kento March 24, 2015 at 8:51 pm #

              Hi Wouter, we haven’t received anything, sorry. I’ll email you on that one …

              • Wouter March 26, 2015 at 7:41 am #

                Yep, did get the e-mail on that address. Thanks!

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