Show posts for the current author only – WordPress

September 5, 2017 By - Usama Muneer | 1166

    If you’re running a blog or a magazine & a number of authors are working for you & writing for your blog on a daily basis. You’d probably want the current author to view their posts only in the dashboard. Which by default is not built-in the WordPress. Each author can view the posts of other authors (obviously they can’t edit it) but for a large-scale blog or a magazine, this might create a mess in the author’s dashboard.

    To prevent this issue, just place the following snippet into your theme’s function.php & see the magic for yourself.

    function posts_for_current_author($query) {
        global $pagenow;
        if( 'edit.php' != $pagenow || !$query->is_admin )
            return $query;
        if( !current_user_can( 'edit_others_posts' ) ) {
            global $user_ID;
            $query->set('author', $user_ID );
        return $query;
    add_filter('pre_get_posts', 'posts_for_current_author');

    What this piece of code does?

    If you see here, we’re using pre_get_posts hook, which runs before the actual query is run. We’re checking whether the current_user_can() has the capability of edit other posts & set the query accordingly. Simple enough? eh?

    Try it  yourself & let us know if you get stuck somewhere in between.

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    Usama Muneer

    A web enthusiastic, self-motivated & detail-oriented professional Full-Stack Web Developer from Karachi, Pakistan with experience in developing applications using JavaScript, WordPress & Laravel specifically. Loves to write on different web technologies with an equally useful skill to make some sense out of it.

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