Plugin Review – BP Registration Options

Version Tested: V 4.3.3

BP Registration Options is a simple plugin designed to do two things: It enables moderation of new BuddyPress users, and it turns a BuddyPress site into a private network.

Installation is straightforward: Simply install and activate the plugin, this will provide you with a new Dashboard Menu item – BP Registration, from here you can both change the plugin settings and manage new user registrations.

Going to Dashboard>>BP Registration>>BP Registration takes to to the plugin settings, here you can enable new member moderation, set the network to private and edit the new emails BP Registration Options introduces and also arrange for new user notifications to be sent to admin.

Enabling New Member Moderation means that all new members following the registration process will receive an email informing them that they need to be approved by the site admin, this message is also displayed after they have registered and activated their accounts. Until they have been approved they will not be able to interact with any BuddyPress pages other than to upload a profile avatar.

For the site admin, new memberships now cause two emails to come out, one informs them that they have a new member to moderate and the other tells them that they have a new member on the WordPress side of the site. What this means is that users have access to the WordPress features but will not be able to join groups etc. The email from BP Registration Options includes a link to take the admin to the Dashboard>>BP Registration>>Member Requests page where they can view details of the new registrant and approve or reject their membership.

Enabling a private network means that any requests to access BuddyPress Pages from not logged in users will be redirected to the site home page.

Overall BP registration options works very well, it does what it says on the time. I do however this that it would be nice if new member registration could be extended to the WordPress side of things as well, so that unmoderated new members do not have the opportunity to create blog posts for example (depending on what the default new member roles is). Similarly it would be nice to have the option to make other site pages part of the private network – posts and some pages for example. I give this plugin 9 out of 10.

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I've been setting up and managing BuddyPress social networks for a few years. I moved from Ning and other platforms and have come to BuddyPress looking to make sites with similar features to them.


Sam · March 13, 2018 at 4:42 am

Hey Venutius,

I’m currently using buddy press and the social learner theme. I honestly hate the registration page that is built in. I was wondering if it’s possible to use a different registration plugin that will still integrate with the buddy press user profiles. Any ideas?

    Venutius · March 14, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Hi Sam, there are not that many alternatives. One is BP Better Registration, which splits registration over several pages. Another alternative is to use Buddy Registration Widget to put the registration page into a widget area. However neither of these is ideal in that they offer few customisation options for you just an alternative way of presenting the data. I guess the question is, exactly how would you like the registration to look/work?

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