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New User Approve

New User Approve allows a site administrator to approve a user before they are able to login to the site.

6 reviews
Average Rating
3.6 out of 5 stars
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Bypasses Registration Error Checks, Preventing Anti-spam Plugins from Working
By , for WP 4.2.1

I really hate to post a 1 star review, but unfortunately in this case it's necessary.

I posted a support request here 5 days ago, and emailed the author through his website, but with no response.

This plugin will prevent any other registration anti-spam plugin from working (CAPTCHA or otherwise) because there is some code in the plugin that needs a bit of fixing. Until this is fixed, this plugin actually causes more spam registrations (even though they still have to be approved).

Line 51 of version 1.7.2:

add_action( 'register_post', array( $this, 'create_new_user' ), 10, 3 );

Please see the documentation for the register_post hook.

From the documentation:

This action hook can be used to handle post data from a user registration before the registration_errors filter is called or errors are returned.

Please note that this hook should never be used for custom validation. Any custom validation rules should be performed using the registration_errors filter.

The effect of doing this is that it will end up bypassing any other registration anti-spam plugins, and add a new user into WordPress even if the user registration is blocked by another plugin.

This plugin creates a new user before errors can be processed by WordPress, thereby negating any error processing. (See above.)

So, as it stands, this plugin is actually increasing the amount of registration spam people are getting.

This isn't the right place to be hooking into the code, and I would recommend not adding a new user manually, and instead letting WordPress do it.

I hope this info will help the author fix the issue, and help improve the plugin to make it better for its users.

Use to like it
By , for WP 4.1

Liked it but you cannot integrate it with recaptcha.

Plenty of problems
By ,

Users 'disappear' from user manager. Client was complaining that it didn't work for them. Freezes Chrome when you go to 'approved users'.

poor
By , for WP 4.0.1

Email notifications don't work,

Emails not working
By , for WP 3.5.2

emails not working. Seems great, but if the emails aren't sending/receiving and this is the cause, it's getting deleted. Several reports on comments w/ no answers, so the plugin is not very good for me if this is the case. Otherwise, it seems like it could be promising and it would be great to use. Using w/ the most current version of Gravity Forms and the User Registration Add On.

No longer supported
By , for WP 3.5.1

Email notifications don't work, and there's no support available in forums.

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