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    Hey hey,

    I’m wanting to require account activation for new members. Currently they don’t receive an account activation email with a link they have to click.

    I don’t know if i’ve turned this off or am required to turn it on, but I can’t find settings for it anywhere. What am I missing?

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  • Profile photo of David Cavins
    David Cavins


    Hi Craig-

    BuddyPress does require account activation for new users by default (as far as I know). You can verify this by looking in the wp_users table in your site’s database. Check to see if any of your users have a user_activation_key and what their user_status is. When a new user registers, they are given an activation key and a user_status of 2 (unverified). Once they activate using the e-mailed link, the key is deleted and the user_status becomes 0.

    Your web server does need to be able to send mail for all this to happen, though, and there’s a lot that can go wrong on that end.


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