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BP Devolved Authority


BP Devolved Authority allows site administrators to devolve the ability to manage Groups, Activity, Members and Emails to other site members.

BuddyPress has not traditionally allowed site administrators to grant authority to manage aspect of BuddyPress to users without ‘manage_options’ capability. This plugin changes that and allows each of the BP Components to be managed by site members so long as they have the ‘edit_posts’ capability.

Note that roles allowed to manage members should also have the ‘list_users’ capability, this allows the users list menu item to be displayed in the dashboard for that member.

Once the plugin is activated, visit the Settings>>BP Devolved Authority page to choose which roles can manage your BP Components.

This plugin needs BuddyPress to work.


  • screenshot-1.png – Plugin Settings page.


  1. Upload the full directory into your wp-content/plugins directory
  2. Activate the plugin at the plugin administration page
  3. Adjust settings via the BP Devolved Authority admin page


Why is this plugin required?

One of the design features of BuddyPress is that only people with administration capabilities can manage BuddyPress features such as groups or users.
This gives site admin a bit of a headache, considering the power of the admin user, compared to the simple BP tasks they may want a member to do.
To help with this, we have created this plugin to allow any user with any role to be assigned as a manager of a specific BuddyPress feature.

How does this plugin work?

This plugin assigns the ability to manage, for example, BP Groups, to any other role, even one you created using a user role editor.
Any user assigned that role will then be able to manage that specific BP feature.


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Contributors & Developers

“BP Devolved Authority” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • 13/03/2024

  • Update: No specific updates required. refeshing for WP 6.4.3.


  • 10/02/2021

  • Fix: Translation improvements


  • 07/01/2021

  • Fix: Corrected error with text_domain.


  • Initial Release.