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