How to Allow User Registration on Your WordPress Site

Would you like users to be able to register on your website?

To allow people to add posts, comment, or do other actions on your website, you can enable user registration in WordPress.

We’ll teach you how to quickly allow user registration and manage users on your WordPress site in this article.

WordPress allows user registration.

Using WordPress to Enable User Registration

WordPress has capabilities for managing user registrations. It is disabled by default, but you can easily enable it.

Simply navigate to the WordPress admin area’s Settings » General page. Check the box next to the ‘Anyone can register’ option in the ‘Membership’ column.

WordPress user registration is now open.

The default user role must then be chosen. Each new user that registers on your website is allocated this user role.

Each WordPress user role has its own set of rights and powers. To understand more about user roles in WordPress.

You can modify the default user role of ‘Subscriber’ to any other accessible user role.

You can alter the default user role to Contributor or Author, for example, if you want users to write content on your website.

Important: Never select ‘Administrator’ as the default user role for new user registrations; otherwise, a new user could seize control of your website and lock you out.

Remember to click the Save Changes button to save your changes.

User registrations are now available on your WordPress site. On your WordPress login page, you’ll notice an opportunity to create a new user account.

Create a new account.

WordPress Login and Registration Links

You’ll want to let users know that they can sign up and login to their accounts after your website is open for user registration.

There are several options for doing so.

You may either put links to your login and registration pages in your WordPress sidebar or develop custom login and registration pages for your website.

We’ll show you three different approaches so you may pick the one that works best for you.

Method 1: Incorporating the Meta Widget into the WordPress Sidebar

Adding the meta widget to your sidebar is the simplest approach to add a login link.

Simply add the ‘Meta’ widget to a sidebar on the Appearance » Widgets page.

Add a meta widget to your sidebar in WordPress.

Register, log in / log out, RSS feed, comments feed, and the WordPress.org website are all included in the meta widget.

This is how it looks on our hypothetical website:

preview of meta widget

Method 2: Using WPForms to Create Custom Login Pages

The difficulty with the first option is that the registration and login forms cannot be customized. You can’t add form fields or change the form appearance, and they won’t fit your website’s style.

You may provide a far better user experience by creating your own personalized login pages. Your forms can be embedded on any page of your website, and you can add form fields to collect any data you desire.

We’ll show you how to make your own personalized login pages in a few different methods. The WPForms plugin is the simplest option.

WPForms is the most popular WordPress contact form plugin. It includes a user registration extension that makes it simple to add login and registration forms to your website.

Website of WPForms

The first step is to install and activate the WPForms plugin. See our step-by-step guide on installing a WordPress plugin for more information.

To use the user registration extension, you must have at least a Pro license.

Following activation, go to WPForms » Settings and enter your license key. This license key can be obtained from your WPForms account.

License key for WPForms

After you’ve verified your account, go to WPForms » Addons.

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

Add-on for user registration

WPForms will install the addon, and then you must activate it by clicking the activate button.

You can now use WPForms to develop custom registration and login forms.

Making Your Own Registration Form

To use the WPForms form builder, go to the WPForms » Add New page.

Under the ‘Select a Template’ area, provide a form name and then search for the user registration template.

Template for user registration

To proceed, click the ‘Use Template’ button, and WPForms will generate a basic WordPress user registration form for you.

Using a simple drag and drop interface, you can now add new fields to the left panel and rearrange the order of existing fields.

Edit the registration form for users

After you’ve finished adding fields, go to the ‘Settings’ option on the left.

After that, go to the ‘User Registration’ tab.

Form fields are mapped

You may map each form field to information in the user’s profile, pick the user role, enable notifications, choose the confirmation page, and activate the user from this page.

In WordPress, the user activation feature helps you reduce spam user registration.

If you choose the manual option, all users must first be approved by an administrator before logging in.

Options for user activation

If you choose the email option, the user must first activate their account by clicking on an activation link.

You can connect your form with additional WPForms addons in addition to adding form fields.

For example, you can link to your email marketing service provider and have new users added to your email list automatically. WPForms can also be linked to payment systems like PayPal and Stripe to accept online payments.

When you’re finished, remember to save your form settings by clicking the Save button in the top right corner of the screen.

By clicking the close button, you can now quit the form builder.

Your WordPress site’s user registration form is now ready to go.

Simply create a new WordPress page or alter an existing one to serve as the registration page.

You must add WPForms blocks to your content area on the page edit screen.

Create a WPForms block.

Simply select the ‘User registration form’ you prepared earlier from the drop-down option in the WPForms block.

You may now save or publish your page and visit it to check how your custom user registration page works.

Preview of the user registration page

Making Your Own Login Form

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

Go to WPForms » Add New to get started. This will open the WPForms form builder interface.

You must give your custom login form a name and then choose ‘User Login Form’ as your template.

Form Template for Login

WPForms is currently going to make a new login form.

It only has the username and password fields by default.

Change the login form

Additional fields can be added to the form by using the left panel.

After that, go to the settings menu and then to the ‘Confirmation’ option. Here you can specify what should happen following a successful login.

You can display a message to users, redirect them to the page from which they arrived, or send them to any other page on your site.

Confirmation of login form

To save your form settings, click the Save button in the top right corner of the screen.

By clicking the close button, you may now quit the form builder interface.

Your WordPress site’s custom login form is now ready to use.

Please create a new page and then add the WPForms block to the content area to add your custom login form to it.

Including a login form on a webpage

A sidebar can also be used to display your custom login form.

Simply go to Appearance » Widgets and add the WPForms block or the legacy widget to one of your sidebars.

Incorporate a login form into your sidebar.

From the drop-down menu, select the custom login form you just built, and then click the Update button to save your widget settings.

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

Preview of the login form

See our guide on how to design a custom login page for WordPress for more information.

Method 3: Using SeedProd, create a custom login page.

If you construct a custom login page with WPForms alone, the style of your login page will still be determined by your WordPress theme.

What if you wanted to create a custom login page that was more polished and professional?

SeedProd makes it simple to make a stunning custom login page for your website.

It’s the most advanced WordPress page builder plugin available. It allows you to construct any form of page without having to master any coding or design abilities.

The SeedProd plugin must first be installed and activated.

You’ll be prompted to enter your SeedProd license key after activation. This information can be found on the SeedProd website under your account.

Enter the license key for SeedProd.

The next step is to go to SeedProd » Landing Pages and click the Set up a Login Page option.

Create a login page.

After that, you’ll be asked to select a login page template.

SeedProd includes a number of professionally designed templates to pick from, or you can start from scratch.

Select a login page template.

After that, you must give your custom login page a name and a URL.

To proceed, click the Save and Start Editing option.

Configure the login page

This will open the page builder interface in SeedProd.

You’ll get a live preview of your login page, and you’ll be able to alter any item by pointing and clicking.

In SeedProd, you may customize your login page.

From the left column, you can easily add new blocks to your login page.

Switch to the Page Settings tab if you’re happy with the design.

Configure the login page

You can redirect people to your custom login page from the normal WordPress login page. You can also run your login page in isolation mode, which prevents the loading of any WordPress header or footer scripts.

Once you’re happy with your changes, click the Save button to save and publish your login page.

Create and publish your own login page.

To see it in action, start a new browser tab in Incognito mode and go to your login page.

Preview of the SeedProd login page

WordPress User Management

In the WordPress admin, select Users to see all of your website’s registered users. WordPress will provide a list of users, complete with usernames, names, roles, and email addresses.

WordPress user management

You have the ability to delete any user at any moment as an administrator.

You can also change user passwords, alter their profiles, and change their roles.

This offers you complete control over what users on your WordPress site can and cannot do.

That’s everything! We hope that this post has shown you how to enable user registration on your WordPress site.