Allowing Self Registering Users

If you want users to be able register themselves on your blog, there is an option on the General Options page to control this. Click Options, and on the General Options page, check the Anyone can register check box for the Membership setting. This will enable the registration page and also enable the Register link on the default theme. Clicking the Register link on the blog main page will take visitors to the registration form. They can enter a username and e-mail address. Clicking the Register button causes an e-mail to be sent to them with a randomly generated password. Figure 15-18 shows an example of a user named George registering for a blog.

■ Note If you are logged in to your blog, you won't see the Register link. It appears only for visitors who are not logged in.

When George receives his e-mail, he can click the Login link (one is also sent in the e-mail) and log in. He will be presented with the user profile page (discussed in the previous chapter), where he can fill in his details and change his password to something he can remember.

At this point, George can do little else. By default, WordPress does not allow newly registered users to post on the blog. As administrator, you need to give him the necessary user permissions.

Figure 15-18. The self-registration process

Registration Complete

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Figure 15-18. The self-registration process

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