Have allowed users to register their own website and at the same time this adds them as a user to that site.

However, is there a way to default them to a subscriber of the site they are signing up for rather than automatically adding them as a administrator.

I've looked around in the mess that is wp-signup.php and wp-activate.php and it doesn't look to specify them as an admin anywhere.

Thanks, Tom

  • What would be the point of that? Why would anyone start a site if he can do nothing in it? – Mark Kaplun Jan 2 '17 at 18:23
  • There are plenty of use-cases. But thanks for questioning my question. – CHEWX Jan 2 '17 at 19:45
  • so many, you can't even list one..... doing something contrary to how core is designed to work is rarely a good thing. If you spell out your use case someone might offer you an alternative – Mark Kaplun Jan 2 '17 at 19:51
  • It's a SaaS app. Different levels of service. The basic level only allows them to set-up a read-only website. Not that this will help the opening question. But for your curiosity. – CHEWX Jan 2 '17 at 19:53
  • and how do they change the site, via user profile? – Mark Kaplun Jan 2 '17 at 20:01

Ok, so this isn't possible to do by default.

As I already had a hook for wpmu_activate_blog() I just created another with a lower priority which will be fired after. This function also has the 2 parameters I need. So upon activation of the account I simply remove Admin role and set a new role based of the subscription service level.

add_action( 'wpmu_activate_blog', array( $this,'set_new_user_role' ), 15, 2 );

public function set_new_user_role( $blog_id, $user_id ) {
    $user = new WP_User( $user_id, '', $blog_id );

    $user->remove_role( 'administrator' );

    // @NOTE - Set this role depending on user subscription level.
    $user->add_role( 'subscriber' );

You will need something like the multisite role management plugin. It allows you to define the user roles to have by default on a per blog basis, in a multisite setting

  • And assuming I have the plugin, how do I use it to achieve what the question asks for? – Mark Kaplun Jan 2 '17 at 18:22
  • Thanks @codiiv , unfortunately it still requires manual role change. I guess I'll just write some PHP that converts back to subscriber. Currently having difficulty finding the hook that I would need. wp-activate.php doesn't have any after activation, only before. – CHEWX Jan 2 '17 at 19:59
  • wpmu_create_blog can be used to hook a function that updates the user's role – codiiv Jan 2 '17 at 20:01
  • That is only called for existing users. This is pre-user set-up. The process would be completed all at once, site and user. – CHEWX Jan 2 '17 at 20:08
  • If I am correct, the right logic would be : 1) Sign up for blog (Wp registers the blog and adds admin access) 2) Demote from admin to subscriber. I don't think I pre-user setup wouldn't work – codiiv Jan 2 '17 at 20:11

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