Fake Users on WordPress
I recently wrote an article in which I talked about fake WordPress user registrations and how they have become a blight for bloggers across the globe. This post is intended as a guide on the removal of these spam users on your site. So, how do you delete fake users from your WordPress Website?
Log into your site’s backend
The first thing that you need to do in order to delete spam users from your WordPress website is log into the backend of your site.
On my own website, which is hosted by InterServer, I can do this either by using the login details that I got from my web host, or by logging into my WordPress account.
The next thing that you need to do in order to delete fake users from your WordPress blog is click on the “Users,” button. This can be found on the menu panel on the left of your screen. On the above screenshot, its the second bottom item, after “Tools.”
List of Users
Clicking on the “Users” button takes you to the Users screen.
As you can see in the screenshot below, this is where all your site’s users are listed.
I currently have 34 users on my site. As far as I can tell, all of them, other than the Admin, are fake.
I should mention here that this is not the first time that I have removed bogus users from my site.
This current action was prompted by the fact that I, today, noticed an uptick in the number of registrations. In fact, I got around nine today alone, which is something of a record.
Remove Fake Users
To delete fake users from my site, all that I need to do is highlight the ones that I wish to get rid of. In my case, its everyone, other than the admin. Clicking on the Bulk Actions drop down button brings the “Delete option.” In order to delete the spam users from my site, all that I need to do now is click on the “Apply” button. This takes me to another window where I need to confirm that I wish to remove the listed users from my site. As you can see in the screenshot to the right, all the fake registrants have been removed.
Stop Fake Registrations
I have been exploring several solutions to the fake user registrations problem on my WordPress website. The solution that I am trying out now involves the use of the Disable WP Registration Page plugin. I will tell you in a few days whether or not I have success with that.