WordPress Flaw

One of the nice features of Worpress (used for this blog) is that people can register as a user which lets themreceive notifications whenever I add new content.  Whenever this happens, I receive an email notification that they’ve registered – and as you can imagine, I like receiving emails like this.

Today though, this all changed! 

One of the things that I’d never checked is exactly HOW the process works.  There’s a setting that allows me to select the role that a new subscriber will take:

Worpress - New User Role

Imagine my shock then, when I found a new subscriber this morning, with a role of ‘Administrator’!  Of course, I deleted the user (it was clearly a random email address!) and any content that may have been associated with them, and looked at the settings in order to restrict the roles that a new user could take.

There is NO SUCH SETTING! I can find nothing allowing me to restrict the role through the administration interface!  This is not to say that I couldn’t do it through code, but it seems like a major flaw in the design of WordPress!  My only option given the time that I have available today was to remove the option for users to register.

For the time being, if you want to subscribe to my site, please use my RSS feed.  I’ll also be adding a proper RSS feed link on one of the sidebars to make this easier (which I seem to have overlooked…!!!!)

Also, watch out for my newsletter which should be launching soon.  This will be the best way to keep up to date with the news and reviews as it will contain more in-depth articles than I typically include on the blog!  If you’d be potentially interested in reading a newsletter from me, why not leave a comment below and let me know?

In the meantime, protect your WordPress blog!

About The Author


John is a Senior Solutions Engineer for a U.S. IT company, specialising in Software Defined IT Infrastructure. He has an extensive background in IT and spends way too much time sitting at his PC's, making videos for himself and other Internet marketers and dreaming of spending more time boating. He's also passionate about Jesus.


  • Willem Kossen

    14th October, 2008


    Have you checked with the wordpress people what this is about? I think they may have some ideas on this topic. Since I also use wordpress for my blogs I want to know!!!


    Willem Kossen

  • John

    14th October, 2008

    Hi Willem,

    Thanks for your comment! 🙂

    Since this was easy for me to work-around, and since I don’t need others to register in this way, I didn’t follow-up on the issue. I’m looking now at having people subscribe via a separate system which I hope to integrate into the blog in the near future. Plus, it seems that the majority of subscribers use RSS in any case! 🙂