WordPress User Registration Issues

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I’ve been stewing over the WordPress User Registration Issues and spam comments FOREVER.  There are several key issues regarding registration and those issues also spill over into the issues of spam in comments in reply to posted articles on my WordPress sites.

WordPress User Registration

User registration has so many advantages, and along with that, the inherent problems associated with registration:

  • You want to know your user base.
  • You want information about those users
  • You want a way to contact those users
  • You want to validate that their information, at least the email address is a valid email address and can be confirmed
  • You want  to force accountability for the comments people leave in response to posts.

Every administrator, and marketer, wants more information, like demographics and source of the traffic hitting their website on WordPress User Registration Issues.

The user registration process in WordPress captures the name and email address entered by the user, and also captures the IP address used at the time of registration.

The WordPress User Registration Issues problem with the standard WordPress registration process is that there is no validation of the information entered by the user.

The IP address has fewer issues, but we all know that IP addresses could be spoofed at any time with little effort.

So, in the standard WordPress registration process, the only demographic you can obtain is the IP address that reveals the country and region of the originator.

Demographics

If you were an enterprising administrator, you can always bounce the IP address against the web server logs to obtain much more in the way of demographics, but the webserver logs capture all activity for the server, and are not necessarily limited to the WordPress installation.

In my case, on some of my servers, I have several installations of WordPress,  Drupal, application programs, other HTML websites, and FTP sites for cross-server backups.

In any given day, I could have literally hundreds of thousands of hits to my server.

User Validation

User validation is the biggest issue to resolve. If you can get the user to validate, at least the email address, that is a fair amount of effort for a spammer to go through, and validation alone will reduce the amount of spam you get.

Every web administrator has the issue of constant, and fraudulent, user registration. I have the settings on my WordPress blogs to require registration for any user wishing to leave a comment in response to a post.

Every time a new user registers, I get an email notifying me of their registration. These users, by default are not added to any autoresponder or list server so even the most basic function of sending a welcome message and telling them a little more about your website, your business, your products, etc, is completely manual. I make it a practice to manually send an email to every single user who registers.

How To Let Automation Relieve The Manual Efforts

There is a free autoresponder plugin for WordPress from GWA. This is a simple plugin but it allows you to capture the user entered information and automatically validate them by sending them an opt-in message.
I have mine set up so that when the user validates, they automatically get the same welcome message that I was previously sending manually.

Previously, I forced new users to register, and anyone leaving comments to log into the server, but, as stated, these were mostly fraudulent identifications, and only a minor inconvenience for spammers.
I had a separate form posted on the website that allowed them to sign up for the newsletter, which was fed into my GVO autoresponder for opt-in and messaging.

I now have the user registration and autoresponder capture all right within the WordPress plugin, and I have actually populated the WordPress GWA autoresponder messages with material I previously had in GVO.

I love GVO but could not figure out how to link the HTML forms into the WordPress registration process without a significant amount of programming and customization. Keep in mind that I have 25+ websites, and that would be a tremendous amount of maintenance.

Problem Solved: Low Number of Newsletter Signups

The WordPress user registration form, and the Newsletter signup form (GVO autoresponder capture form) were separate processes. The newsletter signup was completely optional, whereas WordPress user registration was required to post comments.

I must say that having the separate newsletter subscription form was not really working that well. I had very few new users that actually subscribed to the newsletter, so I am not really losing much from my GVO autoresponder volume.


It just means that I must have duplicate messages defined in the WordPress GWA installations for blogs with closely connected themes that were previously linked to a single GVO message  stream.

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