I have checked forums and haven't quite found my scenario so I hope someone can help me.
I will be setting up a private members' only WordPress.org site in the coming weeks for my community organisation. All content will be private and membership will be by invitation only (there will be about 70 members). Ideally I would like for members to be able to login on their first visit using their membership no as username and either their date of birth or email address as the password (or some similar method). They would then be required to change their password for future use. I assume I would need to send each potential member an email with a link for them to login using the method above.
Does anyone know of a plugin that would be able to do this or else have advice on how to achieve it? I have no expertise in creating plugins myself.
If I was able to set up the registration process as above I assume that I would just then follow the procedures for making the site private as has been outlined in various other forums threads?
I currently have a public site (which I set up for a different organisation) but my knowledge of WordPress is pretty basic.