WP Members: Restricting Access and User Registration

Posted OnMay 2, 2015     CategoryPlugins     CommentsNo comment

In this article we will show you how to use WP Members to restrict access and user registration on your website.

Please note: For this article you will need to install the WP Members plugin.

Step 1) Login to the WordPress Dashboard.

Step 2) From the left menu of the Admin Panel, click to select Settings >> WP Members.


Step 3) On the top toolbar, click on WP Members Options. The first two areas ask you to change your settings so that only registered users can comment on your posts and pages (see Step 4). The second setting changes your settings so that your RSS feed only shows a summary of each post, rather than the entire post (see Step 5).


Step 4) You can change your comment settings so that only registered and logged in users can comment on posts by ticking the box shown below. If you don’t follow Step 3 to get to this page, you can also get there from your Admin Panel, under Settings >> Discussion.


Step 5) To change your article feed to show a summary of the post instead of the full text, follow Step 3, or head there via Settings >> Reading on your Admin panel and tick the box shown below.


Step 6) Once you have completed these options, head back to your WP Members options (Settings >> WP Members on the Admin panel) and tick the boxes that you want to see on your site, from showing excerpts, block posts and pages by default, ignore warning messages and notification settings for when somebody registers to the site. You can also enable a captcha form to hide from spammers.


Step 7) You can create a user profile page and registration page for users who have forgotten their passwords or who want to register for your site. If you have created an individual page for each, add it under the USE CUSTOM URL BELOW section, or choose an existing page from the dropdown menu. You can also choose a stylesheet for your registration form from the dropdown provided.


Step 8) On the Fields section of the toolbar, you can manage the fields of your registration forms, including setting out what is required in order to proceed, and what will be displayed on the site. You can also create your own fields, where necessary. Once you have finished, update your settings by hitting the blue button.


Step 9) The Dialogs sectionenables you to customise the text that dialogs and error messages feature. You already have default text, but you can change it to suit your own voice, for sections including a username being taken, email address already registered and more.


Step 10) The Emails section allows you to set up how the emails you send out to to registered users when they sign up look, and how they ones you receive in return will look, too. This includes adding a signature, custom messages and email address.


Step 11) Here is how the generic Existing Users Log in box will look on your site.


Step 12) Below is an example of the New User Registration box, including the fields that you will have chosen on the manage options page.


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