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How to remove administrator role in settings -> general -> New User Default Role?

The question:

I don’t want to accidentally select Administrator role.

So is there a way to remove it from Settings -> General -> New User Default Role ?

The Solutions:

Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.

Method 1

Okay, this looks tricky, but I think it’s possible.

  1. The user-new.php file calls wp_dropdown_roles() to output the list of roles.
  2. The wp_dropdown_roles() function calls get_editable_roles() to get the list of roles to output.
  3. The get_editable_roles() function has a filter, editable_roles.

So, you should be able to add a filter for editable_roles, such that, if the current page is user-new.php, you unset administrator from $editable_roles.


It would be awesome if you can give me the code for my functions.php file.

This is completely untested, but should get you in the right direction. I’m assuming that $editable_roles is an array of user roles, e.g. array( 'subscriber', 'author', 'editor', 'administrator' ), but I’ve not verified.

function wpse_40897_filter_get_editable_roles_for_new_user( $editable_roles ) {
    global $pagenow;
    if ( 'user-new.php' == $pagenow ) {
        unset( $editable_roles['administrator'] );
    return $editable_roles;

add_filter( 'editable_roles', 'wpse_40897_filter_get_editable_roles_for_new_user' );

Caveat: This isn’t turn-key code, but rather is merely example code. If you’re not comfortable grokking it to get where you need, then I wouldn’t recommend using it for copy-pasta.

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