Block Posts by Default / Block Pages by Default

The plugin installs with posts blocked by default but not pages.  (Note: posts and pages in WordPress® are handled differently, therefore, WP-Members™ handles them separately.)  Either of these settings can be overridden at the article level using Custom Fields. [See Managing Content for indepth information on blocking posts and pages.]

Show Excerpts

This will show any excerpt before the ‘more’ tag on a protected page or (individual) post when the user is not logged in.  (Does not effect post summary pages such as archives or search results.) [See Managing Content > Show Excerpts]

Notify Admin

This should be self explanatory.  When turned on, the admin will receive an email notification for any new registrations. This is especially helpful when Moderate Registration is turned on.  By default, mail is sent to the admin address specified for the blog found under General > Settings.  If that notification needs to be sent to someone other than the default admin address, or needs to be sent to multiple address, that can be changed with the wpmem_notify_addr filter.

Moderate Registration

If you wish to approve a registration manually prior to allowing them access to the site, turn on Moderate Registration.  With this turned on, any new users must be approved by a site admin prior to receiving access.  Users can be approved individually via the user detail page. This can be access via WP’s admin menu Users > Users or the plugin’s bulk user management screen under Users > WP-Members™.  [See Registration > Moderating Registration for more information]


Turning this on will include a CAPTCHA in the registration process.  WP-Members™ uses reCAPTCHA for which you will need an API key.  [See Registration > Using reCAPTCHA]

Hide Registration

This setting removes the registration form from restricted content and the user profile area; essentially anywhere you would find both the login and registration forms together.  Note that you may still set up a separate registration page register page shortcode.  Also, this does not effect WordPress registration – this setting only removes the WP-Members registration form from the site.

Ignore Warning Messages

WP-Members™ has a number of warning messages that it will display in the WP Admin Panel.  Some of these are for WP settings conflicts and others are specific to the plugin.  You can turn the warning messages off with this toggle.

User Profile URL

WP-Members™ allows you to establish a User Profile Area where users on the front end can update their password and registration information.  The Lost Password Reset feature is also maintained on this page.  Specifying the URL of your optional User Profile in this field will cause the plugin to add a Forgot Password Link to the login form in both the main content area and the sidebar widget. [See Page Shortcodes]

Register Page URL

WP-Members™ allows you to establish a separate Register Page to direct users to specifically for registration.  Specifying the URL of your optional Register Page in this field will cause the plugin to add a Register Link to the login form in both the main content area and the sidebar widget. [See Page Shortcodes]


WP-Members offers a dropdown selector for choosing from the installed stylesheets.  The dropdown selector is extensible for developers and admins that want to include additional stylesheets.  The wpmem_admin_style_list filter allows you to add additional stylesheets to the list.

Custom Stylesheet

If you want to specify a custom CSS for the forms, specify the location of the stylesheet here.  If you put a URL in this setting, it will override whatever is selected in the Stylesheet dropdown. [See Customizing Forms]

Auto Excerpt

Now you do not have to use the ‘more’ tag for posts (although you still can for more control).  Suppose you have installed WP-Members on an existing site with many posts and you do not want to go back through all that content to set up ‘more’ tags on all of them.  Turn on Auto Excerpt and set the number of words for the excerpt to automatically excerpt post content.

If you use a ‘more’ tag in a post, WP-Members will default to the location of the ‘more’ tag for that particular post, instead of the Auto Excerpt set length.  This gives you extended control over excerpts.

It is important to note that the length of the Auto Excerpt INCLUDES any additional content in the content that might not show to a user, such as the HTML tags associated with images.  If you have an image in the excerpt, all of the tags will be counted as part of the word count.  It’s not a major deal – just make sure you account for this when setting the length.