How to Stop WordPress Registration Spam (Plugins and Tactics)

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Trying to stop WordPress registration spam at your site?

Because of WordPress’ immense popularity, it’s a juicy target for spammers around the world. They might just be trying to exploit your site and gain access. Or, they might want to spam your community, like filling up your forum with spam topics.

If you allow public registration on your WordPress site, you’re almost certainly going to run into problems with spam registrations in some form or another.

In this post, you’re going to learn how to cut down on spam registrations using a mixture of built-in WordPress features and free plugins.

The Default WordPress Registration Process

Before we get to the tactics, let’s briefly discuss the default WordPress registration process.

If you allow public registration at your site, the default WordPress registration page is located at https://yoursite.com/wp-login.php?action=register:

The default WordPress registration form

As you can see, there’s not much stopping malicious actors or bots from creating spam registrations.

Bots can go straight to your registration page by appending the same formula to every WordPress domain and there’s nothing to stop them from filling out the form fields.

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How to Stop WordPress Registration Spam

There are a number of different strategies that you can use to stop WordPress registration spam. Depending on your site’s needs and the severity of your problem, you might need to implement just one of these strategies or you might need to try multiple tactics to stop the spam.

Here’s the full list of strategies:

Disable WordPress Registration Completely

First off, if you don’t need public registration on your WordPress site, it’s better to just disable registration altogether rather than trying to fight spam registrations.

Even if you need to give others user accounts at your site, that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to enable public registration. For example, if you only need a small number of people to have their own accounts, you could manually create accounts for them rather than letting them register themselves.

To completely disable user registration on WordPress, go to Settings → General and make sure that the Anyone can register box is unchecked:

How to disable WordPress registration

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This article was written by Matteo Duò and originally published on Blog – Kinsta Managed WordPress Hosting.

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