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I'm getting maybe 1-10 user registrations a day on my site. They all look like spam but maybe one in twenty.

I am using a plugin that integrates with my application that allows creating new user accounts so I don't need any client side pages that allow registrations. The plugin will do it.

How can I disable all client side registrations but allow my users to create new accounts through my plugin? I've listed some ideas below I've thought about.

Theoretical Method 1:
1. disable all new account creation using options on WordPress settings page 2. allow new accounts through the plugin. it calls standard methods wp_create_user()

  • the problem with that is will wp_create_user() work if account creation is turned off in WordPress?
  • if the api call still works will the new email account message be sent and then will the confirm email account activation link still work?

Theoretical Method 2:
1. Delete the wp-register.php page?

  • this may prevent the page from loading but my guess is that spam bots are posting to wp-login.php which I do not want to delete.
  • apparently there are three places where a visitor can register wp-login.php?action=register, wp-includes/wp-register.php and /wp-register.php.

Setting up Method 1 is possible but a lot of work with a lot of questions if I run into road blocks.

FYI I'm running a multiuser WPMU Network site.

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  • When you say you're running WPMU, do you mean plugins from premium.wpmudev.org or do you mean multisite? – Tom J Nowell Oct 14 '16 at 0:34
  • I'm running a network site. I'm guessing no one calls it WPMU anymore? – 1.21 gigawatts Oct 14 '16 at 0:39
  • WPMU and multisite aren't quite the same thing, even though multisite is based on WPMU the distinction is important ( one implies you're still using a fork of WP 3.0, the other implies a standard WordPress install ) – Tom J Nowell Oct 14 '16 at 0:42
  • e.g. WPMU vs multisite. If you're using WPMU I strongly advise you upgrade to a modern version of WordPress – Tom J Nowell Oct 14 '16 at 0:43
  • I'm using multisite. – 1.21 gigawatts Oct 14 '16 at 21:24

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