This tutorial is a brief introduction to AAM Posts & Pages Tab. The main purpose of it is to highlight main features and explain existing functionality to help you manager access to your Posts, Pages and Custom Post Types (CPT). You also can define access to Categories or any other Hierarchical Terms.

AAM Posts & Pages Tab

On the screenshot above there are three highlighted areas. The read area is the Top Panel that allows you to change the post list:

  • On the very left there is a drop-down menu that you can use to define how many posts or pages you want to see per page. This is very useful drop-down if you have more then 10 posts or pages.
  • With search search field you can quickly find the post or page that you are interested in. Start typing and you’ll see that the list is filtered based on what you type.
  • The filterFilter button allows you to filter posts based on Post Type or Post Category. In other words, this is the button that you can use to see the list of pages, CPTs or if you want to see posts only for specific category. See the screenshot below.

AAM Posts & Pages Tree

  • The refresh Refresh icon simply dynamically refresh the list of posts or pages.

The orange area is the list breadcrumb. It tells you want type of posts is currently listed and if category selected, complete hierarchical path to it. Let’s get a quick overview of features that breadcrumb offers.

AAM Posts Pages BreadcrumbWith the fresh AAM installation this is probably the way post breadcrumb is going to look like. On the left there is actually explanation what type of posts is listed below. Based on screenshot, you can see that AAM lists All posts. In the right corner there is a lock locked icon. This is the restricted Default Access feature that can be unlocked with AAM Plus Package Extension.

posts_pages_breadcrumb_categoryYou can use filter Filter Posts by Post Type button from the Top Panel to change the breadcrumb and list of posts. If you selected Category (like it is shown on screenshot), you can specify access to Category and if you have AAM Plus Package Extension define also default access to all sub-posts.

Post or Category exists in two main WordPress areas. First area is Frontend (another word is what everybody see when goes to your website) and Backend (the area that Administrator or any other user who is logged in can see). That is why you can define access to your posts, pages or categories separately for Frontend and Backend.
In the current AAM version 2.3 you are able to:
  • Frontend BROWSE. User or visitor will be not able to see the list of posts that are under current category;
  • Frontend EXCLUDE. If Category is part of Frontend Menu, this category will be excluded from it;
  • Frontend LIST. The Category will be excluded from any list on the Frontend. In other words, the category will be invisible;
  • Backend BROWSE. Backend user will be not able to browse current Category in the backend;
  • Backend EDIT. Logged in user will be not able to edit current Category;
  • Backend LIST. The Category will be excluded from any backend Category List. It means that user will be not able to assign new posts or existing posts to restricted Category.

The last and the main area is highlighted as green area and it is the list of your posts, pages or CTPs based on your filters.

By default it shows up to 10 posts and at the bottom you can find the paginating to navigate between pages. You can change the default number of posts with drop-down in the Top Panel. 
posts_pages_rowEach row of the list currently have four possible actions that you can do with each post, page or CTP:
  • settings Manage Post Access. This button triggers the dialog box similar to Category Access dialog (see above). If you read the explanation about Category Access control, you will know how Access control for posts works. The list of possible restrictions is self-explainable.
  • edit Edit Post. This button will simply redirect you to Post or Page edit form. This works the same way as you click to edit post link.
  • trash Trash Post. This action will move the post to trash. In case the Post is already in trash the icon will be changed to delete Delete Post.
  • restore Restore Default Access. AAM checks if there is any restriction defined for current post. If yes, then you’ll be presented with this button to easily restore default access to the post. This button was added for your conveniences to avoid you from going to the Access Control dialog and hit the Restore Default button.

This all the information listed above, you’ll be able to configure access to your posts, pages and custom post types without any problems. In case of any issues or if you have good ideas/suggestions feel free to contact us or leave a message on our forum.