How to Restrict Usernames and User Emails in WordPress

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Are you looking for a way to stop users from using specific usernames in WordPress?

If you allow people to register for your website, then there’s always a risk that people might register usernames that contain foul language, trademark words, official sounding names, or have other issues.

In this article, we will show you how to restrict usernames in WordPress.

Let’s see how you can limit usernames in WordPress.

Upon activation, you can head over to Settings » Restrict Usernames Emails Characters from your WordPress dashboard. Under the ‘General Settings’ tab, ensure that the plugin is enabled.

After that, you can scroll down to the ‘Not allow these names’ section in the plugin and enter words or phrases to restrict their use in usernames.

There’s also an option to ‘make lowercase equal uppercase’ in the plugin. By default, it will be enabled, but you can disable it from the dropdown menu.

Under the ‘Not allow these emails’ section, simply enter the email addresses that users can’t use when registering. This will help filter out spam emails, and users will have to use their actual email addresses.

Besides that, the plugin has more optional settings to customize the restrictions on usernames and email addresses.

There are even options to limit the use of spaces in usernames, don’t allow users only to use numbers in the username, stop uppercase usernames, and more.

Don’t forget to click the ‘Save Changes’ button when you’re done.

Next, you can go to the ‘Error Message’ tab in the plugin.

The plugin will already have pre-written error messages for different situations by default. However, you can customize any error message under this section.

Here’s what it looked like on our demo website when we tried to register using a restricted username and email address.

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