Allow Contributors to Upload Images in WordPress: By default, WordPress does not permit contributor accounts to upload images.

You can, of course, promote that particular account to Author or Editor and this will give them the rights to upload and modify images.

However, it will also grant them additional rights, such as the ability to publish their own articles (as opposed to submission for review).


This particular code snippet allows contributor accounts to upload images to their articles, without granting them any additional privileges or rights. Paste it in the functions.php file of your theme. Add code to your child theme’s functions.php file or via a plugin that allows custom functions to be added, such as the Code snippets plugin. Avoid adding custom code directly to your parent theme’s functions.php file as this will be wiped entirely when you update the theme.


if ( current_user_can('contributor') && !current_user_can('upload_files') )
    add_action('admin_init', 'allow_contributor_uploads');
    function allow_contributor_uploads() {
        $contributor = get_role('contributor');

Save the file and test by logging as a contributor role. You should see the “Add media” button or ability to upload the images. :-)

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