I received the following email today, and it’s such a common question that I thought I would provide my thoughts whether or not it’s a wise decision to allow new user registrations on your WordPress blog.
I also noticed she wants to start multiple blogs at the same time, and while she didn’t ask for my input, I will address this in a new blog post, tomorrow.
This is the email:
Hi Bonnie and Happy New Year! Hope you are not freezing to death where you are!
I am pleased to say that the weather here is pretty good for the time of year. (Sorry to gloat!) 😉
I have set up a couple of WP sites recently which I am trying to get up and running – and make some $$ of course. (Thanks for your How To Build Your Tribe which will be very useful)
My question is that I have been getting a lot of New User Registrations and I am not sure what to do about them. Should I take note of their email addresses and add them to my list – which I need to get started on? Or should I ignore them as they are probably potential spammers?
Thanks in advance.
[Name withheld for privacy]
Registered User Defined
Before I answer her question, I want to explain the difference between a registered user and a subscriber.
A registered user is someone who starts an account on your blog. To register, a person must access your blog through the registration page at http://yourdomain.com/wp-login.php?action=register, unless you disabled this feature inside WordPress.
The registration page looks like this:
A person enters a username and their email address and clicks the “Register” button. Once the registration is complete, the user will receive an email with a password to gain access to their personal profile on your blog. Then they can sign in to the blog dashboard to update their profile page.
A subscriber is generally a person who signs up to your mailing list and requests to receive updates through your autoresponder. The registered blog account is not a part of your mailing list unless you installed a third-party program such as WishList Member.
For the record, WishList Member enables any WordPress blog to operate a membership site and enables you to protect your content from public view. If the software is active, you can contact subscribers (or members) by sending an email with your Aweber autoresponder.
How to Remove Registration from Your Blog
If you do not care to deal with spammers signing up to your blog, disable the registration feature. You can do this through the WordPress dashboard.
Go to Settings, then General and remove the checkmark from the box. Click the “Save Changes” button at the bottom of the page to save your changes.
Should You Allow or Remove Registered Users?
If this were my blog, I would delete the registered users. You cannot add them to your autoresponder because you did not get their permission. If you want an effective marketing method to build community and drive traffic back to your website, I suggest you start a mailing list as quickly as possible.
The decision is ultimately yours, but I disabled registration on my blog. Unless you intend to run a membership site, there really is no advantage to allow or require registered users. When you seriously contemplate the advantages of one over the other, gaining a new subscriber is more appealing.
When I asked my WordPress expert, Jan Kearney, what she thought, she stated, “There’s really no benefit that I can think of for normal blogs requiring a log in – it gets spammed.” I trust her judgment, so that says it all!
Do you allow or require user registrations for your blog? Leave a comment below and let me know!
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