Restrict User Access – Membership Plugin with Force


Restrict content and contexts to control what your users get exclusive access to, or drip content over time. Create an unlimited number of Access Levels and override user and role capabilities.

Use this plugin to quickly set up a membership site where your users can get different levels such as Gold, Silver and Bronze. Then, restrict access to e.g. posts tagged „Premium“, articles written by specific authors, or all your free products.

No coding required.

Unlimited Access Levels

  • Multiple levels per user
  • Sync with User Roles, Logged in, or Logged out
  • Add membership durations
  • Unlock (drip) content for new members
  • Permit & deny level capabilities
  • Hide nav menu items
  • Restrict Widget Areas in Content Aware Sidebars
  • Redirect unauthorized users to a page or custom link
  • Tease content for unauthorized users and show custom message
  • Shortcode to fine-tune restrictions in your posts or pages

Unlimited Content Restrictions

Conditionally restrict all your posts, pages, categories, or any content you want. Restrict User Access even allows you to combine conditions. This means that you e.g. can restrict all posts in Category X written by author Y.

For each level you can restrict content with the following conditions:

  • Singulars, eg. each post, page, or custom post type
  • Content with select taxonomies, eg. categories or tags
  • Content written by a select author
  • Seitenvorlage
  • Post-Type Archive
  • Autor-Archiv
  • (Custom) Taxonomy Archives
  • Terminarchiv
  • Suchergebnisseiten
  • 404 Not Found Page
  • Titelseite
  • Blog Page
  • bbPress Benutzerprofile
  • BuddyPress Member Pages
  • Languages (qTranslate X, Polylang, Transposh, WPML)
  • Pods Pages

Plugin Integrations & Support

Restrict User Access automatically supports Custom Post Types and Taxonomies created by any plugin or theme. Moreover, it comes with built-in support for some of the most popular WordPress plugins.

  • bbPress
  • BuddyPress
  • Easy Digital Downloads
  • qTranslate X
  • Pods
  • Polylang
  • Transposh Translation Filter
  • WooCommerce
  • WPML


[restrict level="platinum"]
This content can only be seen by users with Platinum level or above.

[restrict level="!platinum"]
This content can only be seen by users without Platinum level or above.

[restrict role="editor,contributor" page="1"]
This content can only be seen by editors and contributors.
Other users will see content from page with ID 1.


Developer API

rua_get_level_by_name(string $name):int
rua_get_level_caps(string $name, bool $hierarchical):array

get_level_ids(bool $hierarchical, bool $synced_roles, bool $include_expired):array
get_level_start(int $level_id):int
get_level_expiry(int $level_id):int
is_level_expired(int $level_id):bool
has_level(int $level_id):bool
add_level(int $level_id):bool
remove_level(int $level_id):bool

More Information


  • Simple Access Levels Overview
  • Conditional Restrictions for Access Level
  • Capability Manager for Access Level


  1. Upload the full plugin directory to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory or install the plugin through Plugins in the administration
  2. Activate the plugin through Plugins in the administration
  3. Have fun creating your first Access Level under the menu User Access > Access Levels > Add New


How do I restrict some content?
  1. Go to User Access > Add New
  2. Click on the „Select content type“ dropdown to add a condition
  3. Click on the created input field and select the content you want to restrict
  4. Go to the Members tab to add members
  5. Redirect unauthorized users to a page or URL, or display content from another page along with a teaser/excerpt from the restricted content
  6. Give your new level a descriptive title and save it

In order to restrict a context, e.g. „All Posts with Category X“, simply select a new type of content from the dropdown below the AND label and repeat Step 3.

You can choose to negate conditions, meaning that if you negate the group „All posts with Category X“, the level will get exclusive access to all content but that.

I added a Level to a user, but it can still see other content?

When you create an Access Level to restrict some content, only users with this level will be able to see that content, but they will also be able to see all other (unrestricted) content on your site.

A quick way to „lock down“ and make sure e.g. only Administrators can see all content is to create a new Access Level for Administrators with a negated condition group containing „404 Page“. This means that normal users only can see the 404 Page.

By default, Administrators will have access to all content regardless of your levels.

Restricted content is still being displayed on archive pages or in widgets?

Restrict User Access does currently not support hiding single items from archive pages, search results, widgets or custom lists.

It is recommended only to show titles and excerpts in these cases.

Restricted file is still accessible with deep link?

Restrict User Access does currently not support restricting deep links to files, only attachment urls.

User still able to edit restricted content in Admin Dashboard?

Capabilities and Restrictions are separate settings with different functions. Restrictions affect only the frontend, while capabilities work throughout the site (both Admin Dashboard and frontend).

I have other questions, can you help?

Of course! Check out the links below:


26. August 2019
Set an access level, create a rule what it can access, associate a user and away it goes! It does it well with a flexible and a well-constructed interface Thank you.
27. März 2019
Hello, I would like to block all pages except the home page but after going over the settings do not see that feature. It gives me the option to block "pages" but when i do that its blocking all the pages including the home page. Is there a way to select block the pages one wants and leave the rest open? Thanks
11. Februar 2019
Doesn't seem to do anything. I wanted to limit who could post, but after making every change I could think of using this plugin, both authors and subscribers could still post. Waste of time.
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  • Updated: freemius sdk


  • Fixed: bug in developer api


  • Added: ability to select/deselect all capabilities
  • Added: ability to hide admin toolbar per level
  • Added: quick-add conditions
  • Added: RUA_User_Interface for developer api
  • Added: minimum wordpress version 4.5
  • Added: minimum php version 5.6
  • Added: wordpress 5.2 support
  • Updated: improved ui and performance
  • Updated: user visibility category for Content Aware Sidebars integration
  • Updated: singulars/archives condition setting replaced with page type setting
  • Updated: wp-db-updater library
  • Updated: wp-content-aware-engine library
  • Fixed: bulk remove members from level
  • Fixed: searching for attachments in conditions
  • Fixed: shop condition not working due to bug in woocommerce
  • Fixed: better compatibility with plugins loading unnecessary admin scripts
  • Removed: ability to hide admin toolbar globally
  • Deprecated: various api methods in favor of RUA_User_Interface

See changelog.txt for previous changes.