WordPress User – How does someone become a WordPress User?
– this question has been one that I could not find an answer for. Over recent weeks I have been receiving a growing number of emails each day with the subject line New User Registration. The body of the email then says “New user registration on your site suejprice.com:” – then a name and an email address.
I was at first excited thinking these were people who had subscribed to my RSS feed.
Hey I thought, I had their email address and maybe I could see if they wanted to be added to my list. As I delved deeper I discovered that in fact these were spammers. WordPress Users are not always on your team so I found out!
I am writing this blog post now hopefully to help anyone else that may have this happening or even worst be like one of my friends who had her blog “hijacked” (to use her words). So let’s find out more about how people can become a WordPress User.
I realized last week my RSS feed was not working as it should so I could not work out how I was getting these new “ wordpress users” every day. I could not for the life of me work out where they were subscribing.
I did the obvious Google searches on WordPress User and found others asking the same question but there did not seem to be many answers. I checked out some of my trusted friends’ blogs for information but nothing was showing up on how people became a WordPress User.
I talked to a couple of other bloggers and still none the wiser! I went back to my trusted notes from when I set up my blog and could not find anything. WordPress User – how were they becoming that?
Totally frustrated at this point I decided to go through every setting on my site in search of WordPress User. Yes I should have done that weeks ago!
In the menu of my dashboard I found “Users” and clicking on all users gave me a list of all these people. It showed me there were two Administrators – me and my assistant and the rest were subscribers. At this point I was convinced they were all followers of my blog – but where were these WordPress Users signing up?
My curiosity was heightened because of my “hijacked friend” so I was on a mission to solve the mystery.
Late last week when I was talking to the person who taught me to set up my blog I asked her. The answer came from her technical guy and was not what I hoped to hear. He said “ it was spammers using a scrape box!” Apparently they search on http://suejprice.com/wp-login.php?action=register and that is where they can register.
If you open that link now you will see you cannot sign in and you will get the following notice “User registration is currently not allowed.” That is because I have now fixed it – so no more WordPress Users for me!
This very short video shows you exactly how this happened so that you can check your settings.
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