I have been getting random (and suspicious) WordPress User Registration. When that happens, you will get an email notifying you. It is sent to your email address as specified in your site’s WordPress installation. The subject line will be something like “[your WordPress domain name] New User Registration”.
When I first noticed this, I was hopeful, puzzled, and fearful in equal measures.
Firstly, if you use Gmail, then it normally goes into your Spam folder (which I now know to check quite regularly).
You can also find these users in your WP (WordPress) Admin >> Users >> All Users
Now it may sound great that someones are registering to your site, especially for mine which is but a few days old. But it was very puzzling as I could not see where they could be registering from. There is no obvious Registration Form on my WP site and I have no idea what these people were registering for!
Then when I had a look at the Users in my Admin area, it all looked a bit suspicious to me. Don’t you think?
Is there anything to worry about when you get Unexpected WordPress User Registrations?
I googled this and apparently there is nothing too much to worry about. The default role is normally “Subscriber” which does not allow them to do anything much except set up their profiles. (None of my new users did.) It still me makes me wonder why anyone would bother.
How do people get to register at your WP site?
This must be some sort of WordPress legacy thing. Apparently anyone can get to your WordPress Login page by entering the following into their browser address bar:
This is what they see. And it is the Register link that allows them to register themselves as new users to your site.
How to prevent New WordPress Registrations?
To prevent this from happening:
And just make sure that “Anyone can register” is unchecked.
(You can see that you can also set the User Default Role should you ever want to take in registrations).
Now when someone accesses the login page, there will no longer be a “Register” link they can use.
Bye Bye suspicious new users!
Footnote: For those of you who DO want to have users register for some purpose, check out How to Create an Effective Registrations Page for WordPress Signup (from oneextrapixel.com)