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Have you ever wanted to allow users to register to your WordPress site? You can activate user registration in your site for a couple of reasons like:

  • To allow for guest users to write blog posts under your supervision or even make comments regarding your various posts.
  • To setup a membership site with premium sections where only registered users can visit.
  • To create an appropriate platform for online marketing through the user contact details provided during registration.

In this article I will show you how to setup your WordPress site to enable registration so that you can create a community of subscribers and contributors. This feature is usually disabled by default but can be changed following these few steps.

  1. Allowing User Registration.

This is done in the admin panel of your WordPress site where you select the Settings section and then roll over to the General subsection. On the resulting page look for the Membership section and check the box next to the Anyone can Register option. This will thus allow the registration of new users.

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  1. Designating the User Role.

Once you have allowed users to register to your site you also have to decide on the default role that the new user will assume once registered. On the same page check for the New User Default Role section and select your preferred role from the dropdown box.

new-user-default-role

The role determines the level of access that the new user has to your site and therefore care should be taken when deciding which role to assign the users. The categories of the roles include:

  • Subscriber: This kind of user has the least privileges where they can only manage their own profile under the Users >> Your Profile section. The user cannot access any other persons content.
  • Contributor: A contributor has the ability to create new blog posts onto your site after which they submit the post to you for review so that you can decide whether or not to publish it. Once the post is approved the contributor loses the ability to edit the post. A contributor cannot also access another user’s content.
  • Author: This user can make their own blog posts and publish them without the need for approval.
  • Editor: This user has the privileges similar to those of an author but unlike an author who has access to only their posts an editor can also edit posts created by other users.
  • Administrator: An administrator has full access to all the features in the site

After deciding on the preferred role, make sure you click on the Save Changes button to ensure that the new settings are implemented.

  1. Adding Register and Login Links.

You can also choose to add login and registration links to you site which will let the users know that they have an option to register to your site. WordPress has built in Login Meta Widgets that can be added to the sidebar by simply accessing the Appearance >> Widgets section. Optionally you can use a customized login page that will have a Register link that will direct any prospective subscriber to a separate page that they can provide their details to be registered to your site.

EasyWP February 6th, 2015 Posted In: howto

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