I decided to check out my user page on my three-year-old website for the first time since I set myself up as the admin.

To my surprise, I saw that I had over 1000 users listed under the Role column as subscribers. The Email addresses ran from a to z. Is this normal? If so, how can this happen? If it is not normal, what do I need to do about this?

Thanks.

Edwin

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Zoopie Premium
Great question to ask, I’ve learnt something today.
Thanks Edwin.
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EdwinBernard Premium Plus
Me too Stephen!
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RajratnaS1 Premium
Hi Edwin, if you don't allow people to subscribe on your website then those subscribers are most probably generated by the bots. So you should delete them from your database.

If you want to secure your site from bots then use some security plugins.

Raj
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Feochadan Premium Plus
It’s often done when people have to log in to comment. They have to enter their info and set a password. You need do nothing as it is the norm for most themes.

Darlene
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EdwinBernard Premium Plus
Thanks Raj!

Edwin
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RajratnaS1 Premium
You're welcome!

Raj
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - if you go to Settings and General, you will see a box called membership (anyone can register). You must have checked that box, which you shouldn't do.

I would make sure its no longer checked and delete the users, they serve no purpose, and you can't use their email addresses.
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Feochadan Premium Plus
Every time you post, it goes to the subscribers. They serve no purpose???

Darlene
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - there are 2 types of Subscribers. One is the version that you show how to do in your training, you have collected their email address, and they have opted in to receive notifications from you. These are good subscribers obviously, and what you want.

The other type, which I suspect that Edwin is talking about, is a WordPress subscriber and they are usually bots.

If you have the Membership box ticked, people can register. The way that they do it, is by trying to log in as an Admin, which immediately arouses suspicion, why would somebody do that?

So, they would have to type in https://mydomain.com/wp-login

They will then see the option to register, which they do, in the hope that the website owner has given new members the role of Editor or Admin. If so, then they can cause havoc and even bring down a website. See the screenshot below.

If their only role is that of a Subscriber, they can't do anything. The WordPress Subscriber role by default provides no email notifications of new blog posts or anything like that.
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Feochadan Premium Plus
They cannot login as users in the way you are saying.

There is only one place in your back office for users. I get them the same as Edwin and through a subscription box. They are all there in one list of users. These ones get notifications each time you blog.

This is what Edwin told us they were - users not subscribers. There is no list of subscribers. The users list ARE those subscribers list. I could show you my friend’s email address there. She is a user. She gets notified of every time I post.

I’ve proven this by using a her to test it out.

Darlene
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EdwinBernard Premium Plus
Hi Diane,

Here is a subscriber list of the a names on my first page:
ID #133: aaronjenks25
ID #586: abbyisabel216
ID #78: adacottman0
ID #1061: adamdemaistre
ID #909: adelaidewalker8
ID #105: adelasmart165
ID #1142: adelasturgess
ID #642: adele060629
ID #506: adelinenewquist
ID #381: adellsikes4207
ID #787: adolphstradbroke
ID #600: adriannemarcello
ID #816: adrienneannis
ID #611: aghhallie92
ID #65: aileennathan15
ID #648: aisha49o888846
ID #634: akilahgoderich4
ID #985: albertoars
ID #1132: albertwirth95

Noe of these are email addresses. They are of no value to me.

You were right. When I set up my website I checked the box that anyone can register. In the pull-down menu checked Subscriber.
Now, this all makes sense. I'll follow your advice on what to do.

Thanks Diane.

Edwin
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Feochadan Premium Plus
OMG! I was going by your original post that said you had email addresses!
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EdwinBernard Premium Plus
Glad that I was able to clear that misunderstanding up Darlene. When I clicked these links I got the message that they were invalid. I deleted 1780 of these in groups of 20. Took a while. My user page looks much better now!

Cheers.

Edwin
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Feochadan Premium Plus
This is EXCELLENT! There are plugins that allow people to subscribe to your site. They may also have had to sign up to leave a comment. These are NOT bots, these are people interested in your website!

Each time you post, they will get a notification of it. You WANT these people!

Here is a training that I did on it: Darlene
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EdwinBernard Premium Plus
Hi Darlene,

I have created an Aweber sign-up form that I use to give away freebies in exchange for a subscriber's Email address. I need to build my traffic up higher for that to be effective.

Thanks for all your comments.

Edwin
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phil1944 Premium
You must have (accidentally?) allowed visitors to join up as subscribers. They are probably bots and should be deleted. It's not the way to create an email list :-)
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