[wp-hackers] Regional Author Groups and Permission

Guus (IFS) guus at inspiration-for-success.com
Sun Aug 11 06:11:02 UTC 2013

Why use Wordpress for something like that? Might be easier to build with 
some other framework.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Churchill" <davinian at mac.com>
To: <wp-hackers at lists.automattic.com>
Sent: Friday, August 09, 2013 6:17 PM
Subject: [wp-hackers] Regional Author Groups and Permission

Hi, I need some advice on the best way to approach building an event/booking 
website with multi author support.

The idea is one website listing lots of regional events. Users can 
geo-search events based on name, town, city and zip/post code with a 
distance radius in miles (5,10,25 etc). Then book the event online via 
PayPal and other payment gateways.

I have all of this working using Events Calendar Pro (Modern Tribe), Geo my 
WP (free plugin) for the geo-search, WooCommerce and WooTickets for the 

What I am struggling with is how best to setup regional authors. I would 
ideally like to create regional groups with a main coordinator and a number 
of event publishers under the each region.

Each publisher will be able to create/publish edit/delete their own events, 
but not any other publishers (ideally other publishers events need to be 
hidden in the backend). The coordinators will be able to create/publish and 
edit/delete their own events and those belonging to the publishers in the 
same group (so see all events by all publishers in the same regional group). 
They will be able to publish events on behalf of the publishers, so will 
need to be able to select the author in the Author drop-down list. There 
will be a number of regional groups and all the events in each group will 
need to be hidden from the other groups. Hope this is making sense?

I have looked at a number of group based plugins, but they all appear to 
work by setting the permissions on a per event (post) based system which 
will not work as it will rely on publishers setting this very time.

I have also looked at a network/mu install of WordPress and think this is 
probably the best approach, but Events Calendar Pro currently doesn't 
support sharing the events back to the main network site — ideally all mu 
sites will only be used for adding content and not visible by the end user.

There is another event plugin called Events Organiser Pro which does support 
mu integration and saves all events in the main network sites db but doesn't 
support WooCommerce.

Another possible idea would be to create front-end templates for publishers 
so that they can add/edit and view their own events.

So (apologies for long-winded question), but does anybody have any 
recommendations or suggestions for managing groups and users where their 
content is ring-fenced/hidden from other groups/users. I'm happy to hack 
code if this is something that could be done in code.

Thanks in advance,

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