How to Allow User Registration on Your WordPress Site

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Do you want to allow users to register on your site? You can enable user registration in WordPress to allow users to add posts, or comment, or perform other actions on your website. In this article, we will show you how to allow user registration on your WordPress site and how to manage users.

How to allow user registration in WordPress

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Enabling User Registration in WordPress

WordPress comes with built-in functionality to manage user registrations. By default, it is turned off but you can easily turn it on.

Head over to Settings » General page in your WordPress admin area. Scroll down to the ‘Membership’ section and check the box next to ‘Anyone can register’ option.

Enable user registration in WordPress

Next you need to select the default user role. This is the user role assigned to each new user who registers on your website.

Each user role in WordPress comes with its own permissions and capabilities. See our guide on WordPress user roles and permissions to learn more about user roles in WordPress.

The default user role is subscriber, which you can change to any other user role available. For example, if you want users to write posts on your website then you can change the default user role to Contributor or Author.

Important : Never use ‘Administrator’ as the default user role for user registrations.

Don’t forget to click on the Save Changes button to store your settings.

Now your WordPress site is open to user registrations.

Adding Login and Register Links in WordPress

You are now allowing users to register on your website and login. You need to let your users know that they can register and login to your site by adding the links to login and registration pages.

There are multiple ways to do that.

Method 1: Adding The Meta Widget to WordPress Sidebar

The simplest way to add a login link is by adding the meta widget to your sidebar.

Go to Appearance » Widgets page and add the ‘Meta’ widget to a sidebar. See our guide on how to add and use widgets in WordPress for detailed instructions.

Adding Meta widget to your WordPress sidebar

This is how the login link will appear on your website.
Login link in meta widget

Method 2: Creating Custom Login Pages

The problem with the first method is that it gives users access to the admin area of your WordPress site. Using your own custom login pages will allow users to login without accessing your WordPress admin area.

Here is how to create your own custom login and registration page in WordPress.

First thing you need to do is install and activate the WPForms plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

WPForms is a premium WordPress forms plugin. You will need at least pro license to access user registration addon.

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Upon activation, you need to visit WPForms » Settings page to enter your license key. You can get this license key from your account on WPForms website.

WPForms license key

After verification, you need to head over to WPForms » Addons page.

Scroll down to ‘User Registration Addon’ and click on the Install Addon button next to it.

User registration addon

WPForms will fetch and install the addon. You will need to click on the activate button to start using this addon.

You are now ready to create custom registration and login forms using WPForms.

Creating a Custom Registration Form

Visit WPForms » Add New page. This will launch WPForms’ form builder.

First you need to enter a form name and then from ‘Select a Template’ section click on ‘User Registration Form’ template.

User registration form template

WPForms will create a simple WordPress user registration form for you.

You can add new fields from the left panel as well as customize the order of existing fields by using a simple drag and drop interface.

Editing user registration form

Once you are done adding the fields, click on the ‘Settings’ menu on the left and then select the ‘User Registration’ tab.

User registration form settings

Here you can map each field, select user role, enable notifications, select the confirmation page, and enable user activation.

The user activation feature helps you reduce spam user registration in WordPress.

If you select the manual method, then all users must be approved by an admin before they can login to your site. If you select the email method, then the user must click on an activation link before they can login.

You can combine the user registration addon with other WPForms addons. You can use WPForms email marketing addons like MailChimp and AWeber as well as payment addons like Stripe.

Don’t forget to click on the save button at the top right corner of the screen to save your form settings.

You can now exit the form builder by clicking on the close button.

Your user registration form is ready to be added to your WordPress site.

Simply create a new WordPress page or edit an existing page that you would like to use as registration page.

On the page edit screen, you will notice the ‘Add Form’ button.

Add form to a page

Clicking on it will bring up a popup where you can select the user registration form you just created.

Select and add user registration form to a page in WordPress

Click on the ‘Add Form button’ and you will notice a WPForms shortcode will appear in the post editor.

You can now save or publish your page. Visit the page in a new browser tab to see your custom user registration page in action.

Custom user registration page

Creating a Custom Login Form

Now that your custom user registration page is active. Let’s add a custom login form to your WordPress site.

Visit WPForms » Add New page. This will launch the Form Builder interface of WPForms.

You need to provide a name for your custom login form and then select ‘User Login Form’ as your template.

Select user login form template

WPForms will now create a form with the login fields.

Editing user login form

You can add additional fields to the form by adding them from the left panel.

Next you need to click on the settings tab and then click on ‘Confirmation’ tab. This is where you can define what to do after a successful login.

You can show users a message, redirect them to the page they came from, or redirect them to any other page on your site.

Redirect users after login

Click on the Save button on the top right corner of the screen to store your form settings.

You can now exit the form builder interface by clicking on the close button.

You custom login form is ready to be added into your WordPress site.

You can add your custom login form to a page by creating a new page and then clicking on the Add Form button.

Add login form to a page

You can also add your custom login form to a sidebar. Simply head over to Appearance » Widgets page and add WPForms widget to a sidebar.

Adding login widget to your WordPress sidebar

Select the custom login form you just created and then click on save button to store your widget settings.

You can now visit your website to see your custom login form in action.

Login widget

For more on this topic, see our guide on how to create a custom login page for WordPress.

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.

User management 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 you can 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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