BuddyPress – How to Enable Registration on your BuddyPress Website

by Elaine on January 13, 2012

Facebook Clone – How to Allow new users to Register on your BuddyPress Site

I just finished installing BuddyPress on my Wordpress website and first thing I was looking for was how to allow new users to create an account on my BuddyPress site.  I didn’t see any registration links anywhere and was puzzled since this is a multi-user platform and should allow new signups.  I realized that I just needed to enable a feature in the settings and it worked. Below is a screenshot of the BuddyPress New User Registration Form.

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Steps are below:

1.  Login to your Wordpress administrator account

2.  Along left navigation, Click on ‘Settings’

3.  Under ‘General Settings’, set the following value:

  • Membership = check this box to ‘Anyone can register’

4.  Click on ‘Save Changes’

5.  Refresh your BuddyPress website and at the top left, you should see a ‘Signup’ button now available.



 BuddyPress   How to Enable Registration on your BuddyPress Website


Elaine is the founder of CmsMind, an online blog providing Joomla and Wordpress tutorials. Elaine lives in Toronto and when she is not online, she is either Marathon and Triathlon training or travelling and racing somewhere in the world. Find her also at: Save Money, Premium Themes and Templates, and at Webhosting Tips.

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Tobias February 1, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Thank you! this is painfully missing from the setup instructions and I just spent 20 minutes trying to figure it out.


Elaine February 2, 2012 at 2:15 am

Hi Tobias,
No problem, glad I could help.
Thanks for your visit,


Dino Dogan (@dino_dogan) February 12, 2012 at 3:26 am

exactly what I needed…thnx so much 🙂


Elaine February 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Hi Dino,
No problem! Thanks for your visit,


guiding February 16, 2012 at 7:10 am

Thank you thank you, as Tobias said, this step is PAINFULLY missing from all the instructions and I spent 2 hours yesterday looking for a solution. God bless all internet angles like you….


Elaine February 16, 2012 at 11:29 am

Hi Guidling,
No problem, glad I could help!
Thanks for your visit,


Fortune June 9, 2012 at 9:06 am

I already passed this stage, but the problem is that after sign up, user is required to activate their account by clicking on a link in an email that should have been sent to their email, but the particular activation email isn’t being sent to their email, so they can’t have their accounts/profiles activated.
Any idea on how to resolve this issue?


Tess June 10, 2012 at 8:39 am

Thanks so much for this fix.

Do you know how I create a separate login/register page from the homepage?

I want a link from my homepage to the register page but I created a page called “Register” but am not sure what shortcode to put here to display the page (as in your screenshot) on this page and not the homepage.



Gabriel Del Fiaco September 5, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Thanks!!! i was getting crazy trying to find it 😛


Elaine September 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Hi Gabriel,
No problem! I’m glad I was able to help.
Thanks for your visit,


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