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Restrict Usernames

Restrict the usernames that new users may use when registering for your site.

3.6 (2016-05-03)


  • This release largely consists of minor behind-the-scenes changes.


  • Change: Update plugin framework to 042:
    • Change class name to c2c_RestrictUsernames_Plugin_042 to be plugin-specific.
    • Set textdomain using a string instead of a variable.
    • Don't load textdomain from file.
    • Change admin page header from 'h2' to 'h1' tag.
    • Add c2c_plugin_version().
    • Formatting improvements to inline docs.
  • Change: Add support for language packs:
    • Set textdomain using a string instead of a variable.
    • Remove .pot file and /lang subdirectory.
  • Change: Amend description for max_length setting to indicate WP already enforces a max length of 60, which the plugin cannot increase.
  • New: Hook 'illegal_user_logins' filter to add in usernames explicitly prohibited by the plugin.
  • New: Add special note and FAQ item to readme indicating the likely lack of compatibility with membership plugins that have custom registration handling.
  • Change: Declare class as final.
  • Change: Explicitly declare methods in unit tests as public or protected.
  • Change: Minor code reformatting.
  • Change: Minor improvements to inline docs and test docs.
  • Change: Prevent web invocation of unit test bootstrap.php.
  • New: Add LICENSE file.
  • New: Create empty index.php to prevent files from being listed if web server has enabled directory listings.
  • Change: Note compatibility through WP 4.5+.
  • Change: Remove support for versions of WordPress older than 4.1.
  • Change: Update copyright date (2016).

3.5.1 (2015-04-16)

  • Bugfix: compatibility fix for versions of WP older than 4.1; $error->remove() was introduced in 4.1

3.5 (2015-02-20)

  • Fix error message handling to override misleading default WP registration error message
  • Update plugin framework to 039
  • Add more unit tests
  • Explicitly declare activation() and uninstall() static
  • Reformat plugin header
  • Change documentation links to wp.org to be https
  • Minor documentation spacing changes throughout
  • Note compatibility through WP 4.1+
  • Update copyright date (2015)
  • Add plugin icon
  • Add Russian translation. props Kolya Korobochkin
  • Regenerate .pot

3.4.1 (2014-01-15)

  • Bugfix to prevent plugin from causing admin error/notice messages to appear twice

3.4 (2014-01-14)

  • Fix to display settings page update messages and username test tool results
  • Add setting to optionally enforce minimum length for usernames
  • Add setting to optionally enforce maximum length for usernames
  • Improve display of username test tool results:
    • Display as list
    • Color-code results as green or red
    • Make 'valid' and 'invalid' translatable
  • Add is_buddypress() to determine if BuddyPress's user validation checks are being used
  • Move descriptive text from top of settings page into Help panel under new 'About' tab
  • Add unit tests
  • Update plugin framework to 037
  • Better singleton implementation:
    • Add get_instance() static method for returning/creating singleton instance
    • Make static variable 'instance' private
    • Make constructor protected
    • Make class final
    • Additional related changes in plugin framework (protected constructor, erroring __clone() and __wakeup())
  • Add checks to prevent execution of code if file is directly accessed
  • Use explicit path for require_once()
  • Discontinue use of PHP4-style constructor
  • Discontinue use of explicit pass-by-reference for objects
  • Minor documentation improvements
  • Minor code reformatting (spacing, bracing)
  • Note compatibility through WP 3.8+
  • Drop compatibility with version of WP older than 3.6
  • Update copyright date (2014)
  • Regenerate .pot
  • Change donate link
  • Update screenshot
  • Add banner


  • Fix bug with partial username restriction
  • Add setting page tool for testing multiple usernames for validity
  • Add filter c2c_restrict_usernames-validate to allow adding custom restrictions
  • Add contextual help 'Advanced' tab to explain new filter
  • Add Filters section to readme
  • Use square bracket notation for string character index reference
  • Regenerate .pot
  • Re-license as GPLv2 or later (from X11)
  • Add 'License' and 'License URI' header tags to readme.txt and plugin file
  • Note compatibility through WP 3.5+
  • Update copyright date (2013)
  • Remove ending PHP close tag
  • Create repo's WP.org assets directory
  • Move screenshot into repo's assets directory


  • Add support for Multisite
  • Update plugin framework to 034
  • Remove support for 'c2c_restrict_usernames' global
  • Note compatibility through WP 3.3+
  • Drop compatibility with versions of WP older than 3.1
  • Change parent constructor invocation
  • Create 'lang' subdirectory and move .pot file into it
  • Regenerate .pot
  • Add 'Domain Path' directive to top of main plugin file
  • Add link to plugin directory page to readme.txt
  • Tweak installation instructions in readme.txt
  • Update screenshots for WP 3.3
  • Update copyright date (2012)


  • Add support for BuddyPress
  • Add bp_members_validate_user_signup()
  • Fix to properly register activation and uninstall hooks
  • Update plugin framework to 023
  • Save a static version of itself in class variable $instance
  • Deprecate use of global variable $c2c_restrict_usernames to store instance
  • Add __construct(), activation()
  • Note deprecation of 'c2c_restrict_usernames' global
  • Note compatibility through WP 3.2+
  • Drop support for versions of WP older than 3.0
  • Add more FAQ questions
  • Minor code formatting changes (spacing)
  • Fix plugin homepage and author links in description in readme.txt


  • Update plugin framework to version 021
  • Explicitly declare all class functions public
  • Delete plugin options upon uninstallation
  • Note compatibility through WP 3.1+
  • Update copyright date (2011)


  • Re-implementation by extending C2C_Plugin_016, which among other things adds support for:
    • Reset of options to default values
    • Better sanitization of input values
    • Offload of core/basic functionality to generic plugin framework
    • Additional hooks for various stages/places of plugin operation
    • Easier localization support
  • Full localization support
  • Fix to display custom error message rather than the incorrect WordPress default validation error message
  • Store plugin instance in global variable, $c2c_restrict_usernames, to allow for external manipulation
  • Rename class from 'RestrictUsernames' to 'c2c_RestrictUsernames'
  • Remove docs from top of plugin file (all that and more are in readme.txt)
  • Note compatibility with WP 2.9+, 3.0+
  • Drop compatibility with versions of WP older than 2.8
  • Add PHPDoc documentation
  • Minor tweaks to code formatting (spacing)
  • Add Upgrade Notice section to readme.txt
  • Remove trailing whitespace
  • Update screenshot
  • Update .pot file


  • Fix to add accidentally omitted get_option_names()


  • Add option to disallow use of spaces in usernames
  • Add option to allow requirement of any of numerous substrings as part of usernames (including start with and end with requirements)
  • Add reset button to reset options
  • Move initialization of config array out of constructor and into new function load_config()
  • Create init() to handle calling load_textdomain() and load_config() (textdomain must be loaded before initializing config)
  • Return immediately if username being check is already invalid
  • Use strpos() instead of stristr()
  • Changed invocation of plugin's install function to action hooked in constructor rather than in global space
  • Extract settings saving code into maybe_save_options()
  • Extract settings display code into display_option()
  • Update object's option buffer after saving changed submitted by user
  • Add support for localization
  • Add .pot file
  • Add PHPDoc documentation
  • Note compatibility with WP 2.9+
  • Drop compatibility with versions of WP older than 2.8
  • Update documentation
  • Update copyright date


  • Added 'Settings' link to plugin's plugin listing entry
  • Used plugins_url() instead of hardcoded path
  • Noted compatibility with WP2.8+
  • Minor code formatting tweaks


  • Initial release

Requires: 4.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.5.5
Last Updated: 7 months ago
Active Installs: 1,000+


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