Group member roles and capabilities


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The LifterLMS Groups add-on provides four user levels which provide group members with permission to perform specific actions within their group.

Since a single LifterLMS user may belong to an unlimited number of groups on a single site, the add-on does not leverage the WordPress roles and capabilities system to provide these user permissions, instead we use a pseudo role system where the group member.

By working outside of the WordPress role and capability system, you are add any WordPress user (with any WordPress role) to any number groups. If a user belongs to multiple groups it is possible for that user to have a different group role within each group.

Group User Capabilities

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manage_group_members: Allows the user to add and remove group members.

manage_group_managers: Allows the user to add, remove, promote, and demote group members, leaders, and administrators.

manage_group_information: Allows the user to modify all of the group’s settings (Name, Web Address Slug, Visibility, Course or Membership) and information (About).

manage_group_seats: Allows the user to increase and decrease the number of seats available to the group. Note: In Phase 1, this capability allows the user to manage seats without any ecommerce transactions taking place, in Phase 2, the action of increasing and decreasing seats will be tied to ecommerce transactions. 

view_group_reporting: Allows the user to view reporting information for members of the group.

delete_group: Allows the user to delete the group.

Note to Developers:

Since these capabilities are¬†pseudo¬†capabilities, not “true” capabilities that are added via the WordPress core capabilities API, you should not¬†add these capabilities to a user directly using WP_Role or WP_User capability addition and removal methods¬†unless you want the role or user to have the specified capability for every group on the site.

Instead, you should add user to the group(s) using LLMS_Group_Enrollment methods provided by the add-on.

Group User Roles

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Primary Administrator: The primary administrator serves as the group’s owner. The Primary Administrator has all the capabilities of an administrator with the added ability to close the group.

Administrator: Group administrators can manage (invite, remove, promote, and demote) all other users in the group except the primary administrator, manage the group’s information and settings, manage the number of seats available to the group, and view group reports.

Leader: Group leaders can manage (invite and remove) group¬†members¬†(not administrators or other leaders), manage the group’s information and settings, except for the Course or Membership associated with the group, and view group reports.

Member: Members are granted access to view the group (if it is a¬†closed¬†group) and are conditionally enrolled into the group’s associated content.

Administrator and LMS Manager: WordPress core site administrators and LifterLMS LMS Managers are automatically provided with the capabilities of a group primary administrator for all groups on the site.

Group User Roles and Capabilities Table

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Role manage_group_members manage_group_managers manage_group_information manage_group_seats view_group_reporting delete_group
Group Primary Administrator
Group Administrator
Site Administrator
LMS Manager

Note: A group role must also have the WordPress administrator role to upload images to the group page.

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