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As your site becomes more popular and begins to attract new members, you may want to set up an activation system before new members are approved. This can keep your site from becoming infested with fake accounts that people will use for spam. At the very least it can ensure that members signing up are using legitimate emails when signing up. Below are the steps on managing your new member activation on your phpBB site.

Managing new member activation

  1. First, log into your Administrative Control Panel (ACP).
  2. From the ACP, click on the General tab from the row of tabs at the top of the page.
  3. user registration menuFrom the General Settings tab, click on the User Registration Settings link from the Board Configuration category on the left hand menu.
  4. activation options dropdownThis brings you to the User Registration Settings page. From here, look to the topmost setting named Account Activation. There are several settings for you to consider:

    Disable RegistrationUsed when you do not want to allow new users, or you want to enter them yourself.
    No Activation (immediate access)No confirmation required, users can immediately access the site by signing in.
    By User (email activation)Sends an email to the email address used by the member to confirm.
    BY AdminPlaces the new user in a list where the Admins will manually confirm.
  5. Once you have set the Account Activation setting to your desired option, click on the Submit setting located at the bottom of the page. Your new setting will then take effect.
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n/a Points
2016-04-26 4:55 am

when "dissable Registration" option is selected, how can admin add new users

10,734 Points
2016-04-26 8:23 am
Admin can still add new users under the "Registration" section even when new registration is disabled.
n/a Points
2015-01-07 10:16 am


I have no option "by user" or "by admin" at all listed. how do i get them? (i'm flooded by some automatic spammers, added reCAPTCHA but it didnt' work at all)

my board version is 3.0.12


Please help

42,247 Points
2015-01-07 11:22 am
Hello Agata,

Sorry for the problems. The tutorials for phpBB are based on the 3.1 version. If you're not seeing a menu that shows a screenshot, then you may need to upgrade your phpBB version to 3.1. Also, please make sure to review the phpBB guide on stopping spam.

I hope this helps to answer your question, please let us know if you require any further assistance.

Arnel C.
n/a Points
2015-01-07 12:14 pm

Thank you for answer.

i hoped not need to update my forum. 

Seems i will be forced to do it anyway.

thank you again

2014-12-20 2:39 pm
How does the Admin confirm? Where is the message sent? I need hep finding the page to set the email to receive messages.
31,313 Points
2014-12-20 3:00 pm
Hello jjpearce,

Thank you for your question. If you set the above setting (in Step 4) to by By Admin, you will see a notification when people register. Click it to see the user's profile.

Choose a group for the user, then click the Go button.

You can get to the Email settings for phpBB by doing the following:
  1. Login to your phpBB Administrative Control Panel (ACP).
  2. Make sure you are on the General settings tab. Then click the Email settings link in the CLIENT COMMUNICATION section.

You can view your specific email settings in cPanel at any time.

Here is a link to our full guide on How to Setup SMTP Settings in phpBB.

Thank you,

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