How to Allow User Registration on Your WordPress Site

How to Allow User Registration on Your WordPress Site

Enabling User Registration in WordPress

To enable user registration simply go to Settings » General and scroll down to Membership section. Check the box next to ‘Anyone can register’ option.

Enabling user registration in WordPress

Next you need to select the default user role. The default user role is subscriber, which you can change to any other user role available. After that you need to click on the Save Changes button to store your settings.

Your WordPress site is now open for user registration.

Adding Login and Register Links in WordPress

Once you have opened your WordPress site to user registration, the next step is to let your users know that they can register and login on your site.

You need to add a link to login and register page. There are multiple ways to do that.

Method 1: The Meta Widget

The simplest way to add a login link is by adding the meta widget to your sidebar. Simply go to Appearance » Widgets and add the Meta widget to a sidebar.

Adding meta widget in WordPress

This is how the login link will appear on your website.

Login link inside a meta widget

Method 2: Using Custom Login Pages

You can also use your own WordPress pages for login and registration. See our guide on how to create a custom login page for WordPress.

Preventing Spam Registrations

There are malicious spam bots out there searching for WordPress sites open for registration. These bots can add spam accounts into your WordPress site which could be a threat to your site’s security and credibility. Luckily, preventing spam registrations in WordPress is not difficult at all.

All you need to do is simply install and activate the Stop Spammers plugin. Upon activation, go to Settings » Stop Spammers to configure the plugin.

Stop spammers plugin settings

First you need to whitelist your own IP address. Next, you can simply save the default settings.

Stop spammers is a powerful plugin with many options to combat with registration spam. Learn more about how to stop spam registrations on your WordPress membership site.

Managing Users in WordPress

You can view all registered users on your website by clicking on Users in the WordPress admin. WordPress will show you a list of users with their usernames, names, role, and email addresses.

Managing users in WordPress

As an administrator, you can delete any user at any time you want. You can also edit user profiles, change their roles, and even change their passwords. This gives you full control on what users can or cannot do on your WordPress site.

That’s all, we hope this article helped you learn how to allow user registration on your WordPress site. You may also want to learn how to add or remove capabilities to user roles in WordPress. 


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