How to Force Strong Password on Users in WordPress


We have already noticed other sites requiring their users to have a strong password. Bluehost requires their users to have a strong password for email in cPanel. Arstechnica wrote a great article on why passwords have never been weaker — and crackers have never been stronger. While WordPress has a password strength meter that shows user how strong their password is, it does not enforce the strength. Having an administrator or editor level user with a weak password can present a security risk. In this article, we will show you how to force strong passwords on users in WordPress.

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We will use the plugin Force Strong Passwords. This plugin duplicates the WordPress JavaScript password strength check in PHP, and forces users with executive powers to use a strong password.

So basically any user that has the capability to publish posts, upload files, or edit published posts must have a strong password. This means all user roles except for Contributor and Subscriber.

All you have to do is install and activate the plugin. It will take care of the rest.

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