I'm using the Wordpress's built-in forgot password reset form and views.

I want to limit the number of reset password email attempts. By default Wordpress allows you to send unlimited reset password emails and I want to set a limit. How can I do?

This feature is only available in the Wordfence security plugin. I don't want to use Wordfence. I searched for other plugins but could not find them. I can actually write code. You can write a suggestion.

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You need put the attempts on user meta, then do check every time user hit reset passwords.

add_action( 'password_reset', 'my_password_reset', 10, 2 );
function my_password_reset( $user, $new_pass ) {
    $limit=5;// Set the limit here
    $attempts=(int) get_user_meta($user->ID,"reset_attempts",true);
       //Do something in here, example redirect to warning page.
       wp_redirect( "/warning" );
  • Tested and it did not work as expected, any updates please?
    – Matthew
    May 15 at 9:11
  • @Matthew: this comment is not very useful, because it's unknown what your expectations are.. If you need more info you could ask a new question, like this one: stackoverflow.com/questions/72246946/… , or here on wordpress.stackexchange.com)
    – Luuk
    May 15 at 9:20

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