[wp-hackers] Multisite Users and 500 Server Errors

Mika A Epstein ipstenu at ipstenu.org
Wed Sep 25 17:43:36 UTC 2013

What capabilities do they need that they don't have?

You say they don't need to be able to edit themes and plugins, but what 
DO they need to do? :)
> Jesse Friedman <mailto:me at jes.se.com>
> September 25, 2013 10:13 AM
> I have a rather large Multi-Site Network (over 500 websites). We host all
> our clients sites and also write for them. So I'm in a weird situation
> where I need to provide editors and writers "super admin" like access.
> However I don't want those users to have super admin rights. We tried
> using Extended Super Admins
> http://wordpress.org/plugins/extended-super-admins/ which basically allows
> you to take away capabilities from super admins which is nice but it
> uncovered a flaw.
> When you're a user on more than 50 or so sites on a WordPress network, the
> server often fails at trying to serve up pages, especially
> /wp-admin/network/users.php and wp-admin/network/sites.php, causing a 500
> Server Error. This isn't a problem for true Super Admins, because they
> aren't technically users on any site.
> The ESA plugin mentioned above makes you a user of every site you visit
> (once you visit the site it makes you a user of that site so you can edit
> the ESA options for that site) which if you have a small network is no big
> deal. But eventually all my users end up getting 500 errors when the 
> server
> tries to identify all the sites they're a user of.
> So I need help trying to figure out a workflow for my writers. They have
> absolutely no reason to go into the Network area, edit sites, themes,
> plugins etc... I trust all of them but at the same time it's just too much
> access for them.
> I'm thinking I could just keep a list of the writers in a file and hook
> into all Network level saves and ask if user name == "johnd" do not allow
> things to save. Then I can also user their username as a class in the body
> tag and just use CSS and JavaScript to hide the entire dashboard.
> Has anyone done anything like this?
> Does anyone have a better solution?

Mika A Epstein (aka Ipstenu)
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