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Temporary Admin Access

If you’ve ever needed to give Temporary Admin Access to someone…

I was looking at the Airplane Mode gist by Andrew Norcross on Github and came upon a little gem. For whatever reason, he hasn’t put this on the repo, so I wanted to use my little corner of the world and give it a bit of publicity. Here’s the gist wrapped up into a convenient little WordPress plugin and I’ll show it to ‘ya.

Download the plugin –>here<– and let’s go through how it works & why you need it.

How many times have you had someone hesitant to give you temporary admin access to their site even when they’ve asked for your help?

Have you ever worked with someone that said, “How do I add a user“; “Wait, what do I make your username“; “Are you supposed to be an editor, shop owner, or contributor“?  And at the end of 12 chat messages later, you’re still trying to explain the concept of users?  Agh!  Believe it or not, understanding how start the process of adding users is difficult for some that are totally new to WordPress.
So, did ‘ya get the plugin installed? Good. Now, after you install it, scroll down check out the section labelled Users:

WordPress Temporary Admin Access
You’ll see a new menu item label called “Temporary Users”

Once you click on the link you’ll be greeted with a screen that will allow you to very, Very, VERY simply assign an email that will give someone temporary admin access by simply entering their email. Now, here’s simply the best part….

I did mention it was simple right? Ok, good. Just wanted to make sure 🙂

So let’s say I entered, selected ‘one hour’, & whacked that “Create User” button, here’s what’s going to happen:

  1. Their username becomes ‘norcross‘ (or whatever you entered before the @ symbol in their email)
  2. Their temporary admin access is limited to one hour (or a day, or a week, or a month. apparently ‘millennium’ wasn’t an option. who knew!?!?)
  3. The information is automagically sent to the email you entered as soon as the ‘Create User’ button is clicked
  4. If you’re like some MOST folks, you can forget that you added another admin for a while and delete them whenever you remember it again because after the ‘one hour’ time period, they are no longer an admin.

Boom.  Did I mention it was simply simple?

11 thoughts on “Temporary Admin Access

  1. I like it.. the option to give someone a limited timeframe.. so many users forget that you are a admin, or even care, and then you get notifications of comments, etc, forever and ever, especially if you cannot contact them. Now I can drop this in, set my timer and bam, that’s it. Good for both users and people who need to pop in. Cheers!

  2. yeah, this is a good idea for both the user and the admin who needs it > Temporary Admin Access via @bradkgriffin

  3. Did not know this,.but it sure is a useful method for temporary instead of full term.

  4. Awesome – thanks!

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