How to create a temporary login for WordPress (no passwords) / WordPress plugins

How to create a temporary login for WordPress (no passwords) / WordPress plugins

Ever need to create temporary WordPress accounts that automatically expire after a certain amount of time? Sometimes you need to create temporary accounts to get temporary access to the admin area. In this article, we will show you how to create a temporary login for WordPress without passwords.

If you need temporary login accounts for WordPress

Many of our beginners frequently hire developers to make small changes to their websites. These developers may need access to the admin area to edit or review something.

If you trust the developer, you can create an admin account for them and later delete them when they finish their work.

Similarly, you can add new users and authors in WordPress and later ban the user without deleting their account.

However, sometimes you can forget that you’ve added someone who has permission to make changes to your site. This leaves your website open to potential security threats and data security issues.

Temporary logins allow you to create temporary accounts that do not require a password and are automatically disabled after a period of time.

However, let’s see how you can easily create a temporary login in WordPress that doesn’t require a password.

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Add temporary login accounts in WordPress

First you need to install and activate the plugin for temporary login without password. Check out our step-by-step guide to installing a WordPress plugin for more information.

After activation you must visit User »Temporary Logins Click the “Create New” button to add a new temporary login account.

A form will appear asking you to enter information for the temporary login you wish to add.

First you need to provide an email address for the user, and then their first and last name.

Next you need to choose a user role for the user. Be careful when choosing a user role. If you’re not sure which user role to assign, take a look at our beginner’s guide to WordPress user roles and permissions.

Lastly, you need to choose the expiration period for this temporary account. This is the period after which the account will automatically expire.

Don’t forget to click the “Submit” button to save your changes.

You will now see a success message and a URL that anyone can use to log in to the temporary account you just added. Click the “Click to Copy” button to copy the URL and share it with anyone you want to access.

The temporary account will automatically expire after the period you selected.

Manage temporary logins

The plugin also makes it easier for you to manage temporary logins. Just visit the User »Temporary Logins This page shows the list of temporary subscriptions that you have added to your site.

For each account, you can see the user’s name and email address. You can also see their assigned role, last login date, and the time remaining until the account expires.

In the “Actions” column, you can expire a login before it expires, delete an account, or copy the temporary login URL.

Once a temporary account is permanently deleted, any content created by that user, such as posts or pages, will appear as the admin account as the author.

We hope this article has helped you safely create a temporary login for WordPress without passwords. You might also want to see our guide to monitoring user activity in WordPress with Simple History.

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