WordPress Registration

Why Register on a Blog?

Checking In or Checking Out?

I don’t understand Registration.   I never have understood why anyone would want to register to a blog.   I have registration turned off on all my blogs, or at least I thought so.   I had an email this morning come in saying I had a new registration.   I checked the settings and indeed I had not unchecked registration for the blog.   It is unchecked now.

Registration is a black hole to me.   I did several searches and found lots of information about spam registration and how to stop it.   But I can’t find any information on why there is registration in the first place.

Anybody want to take a crack at explaining why anyone would register to a blog and why I would want to allow registration and then have to fight spam bots to keep them from registering.

I would like to remove this black hole from my knowledge bank.   I’ve never registered on a blog because I have no knowledge of why I would even want to do such a thing.

Hope we all have a great week.


  1. Dave, I’ve wondered the same thing. First, in how I might be able to leverage the registrations into a newsletter, etc…More, recently wondering why I’ve had a run of new registrations. It turns out the new registrations are spam.

    I have had no luck in my research, hopefully someone who knows will clue me in here!

  2. I have the similar situation with one of my blog and I am going to subscribe to feeds just to know your findings and solution for this. I hope that you will post a solution to this problem here.

  3. Bob, I hope someone can as well, the only reason I could think of was to create an email list.

    Allan, Not looking for any solutions. My solution is to not allow registration at all. Just wondering what it is for and why any one would use it.

    Still waiting.

  4. The only reason that I would do it is because it will allow you to capture a name and email, but I am sure you already know that. I would say that there is no reason to make them register because it could build a sense of distrust towards you the realtor.

  5. Glad you brought this up. From my perspective, if I want to comment on a blog but see the registration requirement, I move on. At my day job, I have many different userids and passwords for the different servers I work on. Then at home I have another for email, my blog etc etc. Why would I want to add to that list just to get on another blog. I would think registration would cause a major reduction in blog traffic.

  6. Yeah I wouldn’t want to register to post on someones blog.

  7. James Wheelock says


    I believe its original purpose was for allowing people to view password protected posts. So, when someone registered to see a post the password was sent to them via email.

  8. James, Thanks for the info! That actually makes sense. It would be nice to be able to incorporate that into a “Members Only” section of the site.

  9. Hey Dave , I believe it is also if you want to have more than one administrator or contributor to your blog they can go ahead and register their own user name. Hope this helps.

  10. Dan,

    They could, but only as a User. It is easier to email then and ask what they want for a user name and password then set them up as an admin.

    I’ve done this on several blogs.

  11. Dave,

    Good point about registration. I hadn’t really thought about it, but I just turned off registration required on my site to try to encourage comments. Anything we can do to remove the hurdles for our readers to interact with us is a good idea. For me registration is just a part of life and something that is quick to do, but looking at it from the other side and with someone who isn’t as tech savvy as me, it is a hurdle. One hurdle down! Thanks!

  12. I can’t argue in favor of registration, but I can tell you that I just came from a blog that required it and I moved on. Anecdotal, I know, but true. My time is limited as it is; having to register and log in to visit/comment on a blog just isn’t on my To Do list.

  13. James Wheelock says

    @Bob – Your welcome. I have often thought of finding a way to make use of this for a home defaults page. In Texas we can not give that information out unless we have a client relationship.

  14. Dave,
    Registering for anything online still feels like an invasion of privacy. Everyone expects registration. Retailers offer coupons to answer surveys online, which are thinly veiled attempts to get the most personal information. A coupon to get a free loaf of bread once asked me the name of my insurance company, if and where I owned a home, and the ages of my dependents! I’d say it pays to be careful what info we give out, anywhere, anytime, any situation.

  15. I have had a couple hundred people register. Wasted effort on their part because I think they think they are going to get an email subscription out of it. They don’t. I wish they did.

  16. @Maureen Francis – Good point, I have wondered about that myself in the past. I’ve never registered on a site.

    Good to see you at the Lab. Been too long since we touched base.


  17. I think registration means nothing in wordpress or on any blogging system. Although I have seen this option on all Drupal blogs. It might be a good option for verifying users on your blog though. I have this option opened and have terribly suffered on wordpress though.

  18. There are a million&1 reasons to have registration. It just depends on your model. For some is is a necessity, for others it is pointless.

    Having multiple authors, requires registration, you said above that you could just register them yourslef as an admin, but this seems ludicrous to me, you would let someone become an admin on your blog? (plus thats extra work for you- and how are they going to alert you to the fact? coment/send an email and wait for a reply??? hmm long process-maybe they dont want to do it that much)

    For multi user blogs, you can create and have as many different level of user as you so wish, customised as you so wish, way beyond the standard, admin, editor or user.

    Maybe for a review site, you would only allow registered users to post reviews or ratings, to keep them from filling up with pointless spam or what is essentially self advertising, which should in most cases, although reduce the number of reviews, give a cleaner more trustworthy set of reviews

    Maybe you give something back to your users, and need them to be registered in order to duly recieve it.

    Maybe you have a forum – inherently requires registration.

    How about the fact that registration is only one/maybe two more steps away from commenting on this blog, I have to fill in details here to comment, once registered however I can comment freely without having to fill in the same stuff over and over again. Maybe also my comments can get posted without moderation because im a registered user and the settings allow me to do so.

    Registration for the sake of registration is obviously pointless, but thats certianly doesnt aleviate that fact that it is very useful and very much needed in some circumstances.

  19. Pips,

    You make some good points. But in the context of a real estate blog (which is what this blog is about) registration only makes it more difficult for readers to participate in the conversation.

  20. Ha, yeah guess I did miss that one eh!
    .-= Phil´s last undefined ..If you register your site for free at =-.

  21. Dave,
    The only reason I can think to allow reg. would be to gain an e-mail list. With that list you can then e-mail newsletters, recent blog post or things of this nature. For real estate it could help develop new leads. Other than that I would say it is a point less feature.

  22. Jacci,

    I find that the best way to garner that information is through the IDX integration on an RE site. I find people are a lot more willing to provide an email and register so they can store their searches and get notification of properties coming on the market that meat their criteria.

    For a normal RE Blog I think it throws a red flag at a reader if they have to register before leaving a comment.