Groups is a WordPress plugin that provides group-based user membership management, group-based capabilities and content access control. It integrates standard WordPress capabilities and application-specific capabilities along with an extensive API.


New Groups Restrict Categories and Groups Import Export.

  • Groups 404 Redirect allows to redirect visits to pages that are protected by Groups.
  • Groups Blog Protect restricts access to blogs based on group membership.
  • Groups File Access Groups File Access is an extension that allows to provide file download links for authorized users. Access to files is restricted to users by their group membership.
  • Groups Forums provides a powerful and yet light-weight forum system for WordPress sites.
  • Groups Gravity Forms allows to add users to groups automatically, based on form submissions.
  • Groups Import Export – An import and export extension for Groups.
  • Groups Jigoshop Groups integration for Jigoshop that supports memberships and subscriptions.
  • Groups Newsletters helps you to communicate efficiently, providing targeted information to groups of recipients through automated campaigns.
  • Groups Notifications allows to send automatic notifications to group members and the site administrator.
  • Groups PayPal – Sell memberships and subscriptions with Groups and PayPal.
  • Groups Restrict Categories features access restrictions for categories, tags and other WordPress taxonomies, including support for custom post types and taxonomies.
  • Groups Restrict Comments Pro This extension for Groups allows to restrict who can post or read comments based on a user鈥檚 group membership.
  • Groups Subscriptions is a subscription framework for Groups.
  • Groups WooCommerce Groups for WooCommerce is a WordPress plugin that allows you to sell memberships.
  • WooCommerce Group Coupons This extension for WooCommerce uses Groups and WordPress roles to limit the validity of coupons.
  • WooCommerce Groups Newsletters The WooCommerce Groups Newsletters extension lets customers subscribe to newsletters at checkout.


User groups

  • 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

Groups hierarchy

  • Supports group hierarchies with capability inheritance

Group capabilities

  • 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 control

  • 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]

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

Sensible options

  • administrator overrides can be turned off
  • optional tree view for groups can be shown only when needed
  • provides its own set of permissions
  • cleans up after testing with a “delete all plugin data” option

Access Control

Groups defines some capabilities of its own. The groups_read_post capability is used to restrict access to certain posts or pages to groups (and users) with that capability only.


  • 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

Your opinion counts

You & Groups

Beta-testers and developers who need to integrate group-based features in their plugins and web applications: please use it and provide your feedback.


Feedback is welcome!

If you need help, have problems, want to leave feedback or want to provide constructive criticism, please do so here at the Groups plugin page.

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Content Access Control

Access restrictions on posts

On posts an pages (and custom content types) a new meta box titles Access restrictions appears. By checking Enforce read access, you can restrict access to the post to groups and users who have the groups_read_post capability. You need to assign this capability to a group and make users members of that group to allow them to see those posts.

Content visibility for members and non-members

The [groups_member] and [groups_non_member] shortcodes are used to limit visibility of content to users who are members of a group or users who are not members of a group. Multiple comma-separated groups can be specified.

Example: Limiting visibility of enclosed content to registered users.

[groups_member group="Registered"]

Only registered users can see this text.


Content visibility based on capabilities

The [groups_can] and [groups_can_not] shortcodes limit visibility of enclosed content to those users who have the capability or those who do not have it. Multiple capabilities can be given.

Example: Showing enclosed content to users who can edit_posts (standard WordPress capability).

[groups_can capability=”edit_posts”]

You can see this only if you have the edit_posts capability.


Integration in the ‘Users’ menu:

Users – group membership is managed from the standard Users admin view. Users are automatically added to the Registered group. You can add multiple users to other groups here and also remove them.

Sections in the ‘Groups’ menu:


Here you can:

  • add groups
  • remove groups
  • assign capabilities to groups


This is where you add, remove and manage capabilities.

Capabilities can be assigned to groups and users (1). These capabilities include the standard WordPress capabilities but you can also define additional capabilities for your web-application.

Groups defines some capabilities of its own. The groups_read_post capability is used to restrict access to certain posts or pages to groups (and users) with that capability only.

(1) Assigning capabilities to users is not integrated in the user interface yet but can be done through API calls.


Administrator override :

Administrator overrides can be turned off.

Permissions :

For each role these permissions can be set:

  • Access Groups: see information related to Groups.
  • Administer Groups: complete control over everything related to Groups.
  • Administer Groups plugin options: grants access to make changes on the Groups > Options admin section.

Testing the plugin :

A convenient option is provided to delete all data that has been stored by the Groups plugin. This option is useful if you just need to start from fresh after you have been testing the plugin.


Please visit the documentation page on shortcodes for up-to-date information: Groups Shortcodes


Download the Groups plugin on WordPress.

1,865 Responses to Groups

  1. Suman kalyan mohanty February 1, 2016 at 9:05 am #

    Hi Antonio

    I m just using this plugin and it’s working good.
    All the users are automatically added to registered group by default.I want users to be added to my own created groups(eg:VETS,a group I created).
    Please let me know how to do that?
    Hope for a quick heads up.


    • antonio February 1, 2016 at 9:39 am #

      Hi Suman,
      you can use this code in your functions.php theme file. You need to change ‘Premium’ for your group’s name.
      Kind Regards,
      Antonio B.

      • Suman kalyan mohanty February 1, 2016 at 10:37 am #

        Hi again

        It’s working good after putting that code in functions.php.But now users are added to both registered and the group I created i.e vets, at the same time. How can I added the users to only “vets” group.

        I dont users to be added to registered groups.Please let me know as this is my client’s requirement.


  2. Suman kalyan mohanty February 1, 2016 at 10:07 am #

    Hi again

    It’s working good after putting that code in functions.php.But now users are added to both registered and the group I created i.e vets, at the same time. How can I added the users to only “vets” group.

    I dont users to be added to registered groups.Please let me know as thisi s my client’s requirement.


    • antonio February 1, 2016 at 10:42 am #

      Hi Suman,
      ‘Registered’ is the default group, it can not be removed. But it should not be a problem, simply limit your contents to the VET group.
      Kind Regards,
      Antonio B.

      • Suman kalyan mohanty February 1, 2016 at 10:53 am #

        Thanks a lot for the heads up :)

  3. Aj February 4, 2016 at 12:27 am #

    I have been using the Groups plugin for around a year and it has worked great. Today I tried something that seemed very straightforward, but it is not working as expected.

    My problem involves two groups.

    GM Group
    – groups_read_post
    – access_all_shops

    Owner Group
    – groups_read_post
    – access_all_shops
    – access_shop_owners

    The WP users in question are assigned to either the ‘GM’ or ‘Owner’ group.

    I created a post that I gave an access restriction of ‘access_all_shops’.

    Inside that post I have several download link shortcodes (from WordPress Download Manager Pro). For one of these shortcode links I have added the Groups shortcode access restriction of ‘access_shop_owners’. It looks like this…

    [groups_member group="access_shop_owners"][wpdm_package id=’1060′][/groups_member]

    Expected Behavior
    The post would be accessible only to ‘Shop’ users but the one download link would only be seen by the ‘Shop Owners’.

    Actual Behavior
    The post is accessible only to ‘Shop’ users, but the one download link is hidden to everyone?

    What do I need to do to achieve the ‘Expected Behavior’? Thank you for your help.

  4. Aj February 4, 2016 at 12:41 am #

    I just solved my own question. It was a silly mistake with a simple answer. I was using the name of the ‘capability’ in the Groups shortcode instead of the name of the ‘group’ itself. Once I made that change, everything worked as expected.

    Thanks for a great plugin!

    • antonio February 4, 2016 at 8:10 am #

      Perfect 馃槈
      Kind Regards,
      Antonio B.

  5. Jerry Christensen February 4, 2016 at 4:47 pm #

    When a Woocommerce subscriber cancels their membership they are removed from all groups. How do I set it so they will automatically be placed in the Registered group upon cancellation?

    • antonio February 4, 2016 at 9:16 pm #

      Hi Jerry,
      by default new users are in ‘Registered’ group, so you don’t need to select the ‘Registered’ group in your subscriptions.
      Kind Regards,
      Antonio B.

      • Jerry Christensen February 4, 2016 at 9:29 pm #

        I thought that was the case as well however it was brought to my attention today that when a subscription is canceled the member is removed from all groups and they cannot see anything within the [groups_member group="Registered"]…[/groups_member] shortcode until I manually put them back in the Registered group. I also noticed that they are automatically assigned to the Registered group if I deactivate and reactivate the groups plugin. My question is, “Is there a way to make assignment to Registered group upon downgrade automatic without having to deactivate and reactivate the plugin?” Thanks so much for everything. I think your work is pretty amazing!

        • antonio February 5, 2016 at 9:03 am #

          Hi Jerry,
          what subscription plugin are you using ? Woocommerce Susbcription? So I can test this (If you want, you can send me dashboard admin access to antonio at itthinx dot com indicating this comment, and I’ll have a look at your settings).
          Kind Regards,
          Antonio B.

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