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Why have readers log-in? (3 posts)

  1. Cassie Beyer
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Why have readers log-in to a site? The meta widget gives the option. Jetpack's offers a WP single sign-on. Jetpack site stats configuration asks about what kind of registered users should be counted in page view counts (does that mean non registered users aren't counted at all?). Various plug-ins offer ways of people to register though other accounts such a facebook.

    What is the purpose of having people log-in? How would you encourage them to do so, other than make them register to comment? Seems like an extra hoop to jump through.

    Sorry if I put this in the wrong topic. It was the closest I could figure.

    Thanks

  2. Some sites have functions tied directly into registration, like commenting, article submissions, subscriptions, private pages, etc.

    Basically, WordPress is incredibly customizable, and if you want to require registration for something, WordPress has a registration system built-in. If you don't need it, you don't have to use it. You can switch off registration via Settings -> General, and don't forget to remove that Meta widget. ;)

  3. Nile Flores
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    The purpose of this for some is actually to try to:

    - Reduce spam
    - Gain subscribers
    - Allow registered users access to certain information as a reward for registering.
    - Ability to later allow multiple authors from your own registered user pool.

    The biggest issue I've seen this used for is to reduce spam. Some sites won't allow you to comment unless you're a registered user. There are so many plugins out there, even reputable ones that help against spam, but they often don't catch them all.

    Like macmax said, you can turn it off if you don't want to require people to register in order to comment.

    As for JetPack, it will track users, but you can exclude specific users in tracking like your own username, or any other authors on your site.

    If you want to encourage them, you will have to build a section, maybe a page, or a sidebar widget that emphasizes on signing up. As for incentive, it's up to you the site/ blog owner to decide what sweetens the pot when signing up... like special tips, graphic, or even an exclusive ebook.

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