I want to create a user via a standalone script. I want an activation email to be sent out, in the same way that it is when a user is created from the Add User screen. An email is set out with a link to create the password. There is no password in the email.

There seem to be various functions for creating new users.

There's also

  • wp-admin/user-new.php

Below is the code I have. It creates a new user, but it isn't the notification email. I've checked that wp-mail() and php mail() are working correctly.

I'm not sure that this is the right direction. I feel there might be an easier way to do it. If this is the right direction, any pointers on why the notification is not being sent?


define( 'SHORTINIT', true );
require_once( '/var/www/html/mysite/wp-load.php' );
require_once ('/var/www/html/mysite/wp-includes/user.php');
require_once ('/var/www/html/mysite/wp-includes/formatting.php');
require_once ('/var/www/html/mysite/wp-includes/capabilities.php');
require_once ('/var/www/html/mysite/wp-includes/pluggable.php');
require_once ('/var/www/html/mysite/wp-includes/kses.php');
require_once ('/var/www/html/mysite/wp-includes/meta.php');
function __() {}
wp_create_user ( 'testuser8', 'apsswd', '[email protected]' );
wp_new_user_notification ( testuser8,null,'both' );

2 Answers 2


You should read the codex page re wp_create_user.

You don't describe the context in which your code runs. You shouldn't need all those require_once calls.

Anyhow, in this line wp_new_user_notification ( testuser8,null,'both' ); what is testuser8 ? It's not a variable, it's not a string, it's just some text that probably throws an error.


$user_id = wp_create_user ( 'testuser8', 'apsswd', '[email protected]' );
if( is_wp_error( $user_id ) ) 
    var_dump( $user_id );
    wp_new_user_notification ( $user_id, null,'both' );
  • Thanks for the help. I did have the username in quotes in my tests, but as you point out I was passing in the username, not the id. I would like not to have all of the require_once calls, and in fact I've had to add some more to get it working. The script is run outside of the WP environment. It's a standalone script on the server. I haven't seen any description of how to load the entire environment, so I added them one-by-one as the script was failing with undefined function calls. Oct 24, 2015 at 21:24
  • I've got rid of the require_once calls by using this, instead define('WP_USE_THEMES', false); require('/var/www/html/andaluciamia/wp-blog-header.php'); Oct 24, 2015 at 21:54

Use WP-CLI's User Create and put in a script.

wp user create - Create a user.

$ wp user create testuser8 [email protected] --user_pass=apsswd--role=author --send-email
Success: Created user 3.

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