I´m working on a front end registration form adn have gotten as far as getting the standard registration form to work, but... I´d like to add the oportunity to let the user choose his/her own password.

I´m a bit noob at this so could anyone plese help me? :)

Here is my code so far:

<?php if(!is_user_logged_in()) { ?>

if(get_option('users_can_register')) {
//Check whether user registration is enabled by the administrator


    //We shall SQL escape all inputs
    $username = $wpdb->escape($_REQUEST['username']);
    if(empty($username)) {
        echo "<span style='color:#FF0000'><strong>Error..</strong></span><br /><br />You have to fill in the username.";
    $email = $wpdb->escape($_REQUEST['email']);
    if(!preg_match("/^[_a-z0-9-]+(\.[_a-z0-9-]+)*@[a-z0-9-]+(\.[a-z0-9-]+)*(\.[a-z]{2,4})$/", $email)) {
        echo "<span style='color:#FF0000'><strong>Error..</strong></span><br /><br />please use a calid e-mailadress.";

    $random_password = wp_generate_password( 12, false );
    $status = wp_create_user( $username, $random_password, $email );
    if ( is_wp_error($status) )
        echo "<span style='color:#FF0000'><strong>Feil..</strong></span><br /><br />Username allready exist. please try another one.";
    else {
        $from = get_option('admin_email');
        $headers = 'From: '.$from . "\r\n";
        $subject = "Registration ok!";
        $msg = "Welcome, you are now registered. Here is your username and password.\Info:\Username: $username\Password: $random_password";
        wp_mail( $email, $subject, $msg, $headers );
        echo "<strong>You are now registered. An e-mail is now sent to you with your username and password..";


//Embed the register form and javascript here


<div id="result"></div>
<div style="padding-top:5px; padding-bottom:10px;">Fill in your info to register.</div>

<form id="wp_signup_form" action="" method="post">
<input type="text" name="username" style="width:250px; margin-bottom:3px;" placeholder="Username"><br />
<input type="text" name="email" placeholder="E-mail" style="width:250px; margin-bottom:3px;"><br />
<input type="submit" id="submitbtn" name="submit" value="Register" class="knapp" style="padding:8px;">
<script type="text/javascript">                         
$("#submitbtn").click(function() {
$('#result').html('<img src="<?php bloginfo('template_url'); ?>/images/loader.gif" class="loader" />').fadeIn();
var input_data = $('#wp_signup_form').serialize();
type: "POST",
url:  "<?php echo "http://" . $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'] . $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI']; ?>",
data: input_data,
success: function(msg){
return false;

// embedded




<!-- regskjema end -->
<br />
Allready registered? Login to your account with the form in the sidebar.
<?php } else { ?>
You are allready logged in...
<?php } ?>

2 Answers 2


Its Not has hard as you think it is :)

Add the password fields to your form :

password: <input type="password" name="pass1" style="width:250px; margin-bottom:3px;"><br />
repeat password: <input type="password" name="pass2" style="width:250px; margin-bottom:3px;"><br />

then in your if($_POST){ replace this line:

$random_password = wp_generate_password( 12, false );

with this:

$pass1 = $wpdb->escape($_REQUEST['pass1']);
$pass2 = $wpdb->escape($_REQUEST['pass2']);
if ($pass1 != $pass2){
    echo "<span style='color:#FF0000'><strong>Error..</strong></span><br /><br />please use a passwords don't match.";

$random_password = $pass1;
  • works like a charm!
    – Demilio
    Commented Sep 9, 2012 at 12:14
  • 1
    It also worked for me, so +1.
    – Ciprian
    Commented Mar 10, 2013 at 12:02
  • Which file is this?
    – Mugen
    Commented Jul 26, 2020 at 10:07
  • Also, any idea whether these changes would be lost once we upgrade wordpress?
    – Mugen
    Commented Jul 26, 2020 at 10:13

Note that you can use internal WordPress function for check email field. check this link is_email

$email = $wpdb->escape($_REQUEST['email']);
if( !is_email($email) ) {
    echo "<span style='color:#FF0000'><strong>Error..</strong></span><br /><br />please use a calid e-mailadress.";

Posted as answer due to few reputation.

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