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How do I edit the user confirmation email? WordPress

I am going through the wp-core files trying to find the file where I can edit the instructions that comes in the user confirmation email. The text looks a little like this:

Dear User,

Your new account is set up.

You can log in with the following information:
Username: MrWp
Password: thepasswork


Where can find this?

Answers (7)


Ross Wilson answers:

There is a good plugin for editing the emails:

I haven't tried it, but the original e-mail is setup as a filter. Try adding something like this to your functions.php

function new_welcome_user_msg_filter( $text ) {
if ( !$text ) {
return __( 'Dear User,

Your new account is set up.

You can log in with the following information:
Username: USERNAME
Password: PASSWORD


--The Team @ SITE_NAME' );
return $text;
add_filter( 'new_user_email_content', 'new_welcome_user_msg_filter' );

Thanks to John below for correcting my filter name :)

LeTune comments:

but the plugin only edits the look of the email, not their content.

LeTune comments:

Will the the username and password fill in automatically?

Ross Wilson comments:

This is the exact function from wp-includes/ms-functions.php. I am assuming it is going to fill in the username/password for you.

LeTune comments:

Any particular reason I cannot just change wp-includes/ms-functions.php?

LeTune comments:

hmmm...tried editing ms-functions.php - no change
tried adding the function to functions.php - no change

still the same ol' message.


Giri answers:

You can try this function which is working great. Add it in your functions.php file

// Redefine user notification function
if ( !function_exists('wp_new_user_notification') ) {
function wp_new_user_notification( $user_id, $plaintext_pass = '' ) {
$user = new WP_User($user_id);

$user_login = stripslashes($user->user_login);
$user_email = stripslashes($user->user_email);

$message = sprintf(__('New user registration on your blog %s:'), get_option('blogname')) . "\r\n\r\n";
$message .= sprintf(__('Username: %s'), $user_login) . "\r\n\r\n";
$message .= sprintf(__('E-mail: %s'), $user_email) . "\r\n";

@wp_mail(get_option('admin_email'), sprintf(__('[%s] New User Registration'), get_option('blogname')), $message);

if ( empty($plaintext_pass) )

$message = __('Hi there,') . "\r\n\r\n";
$message .= sprintf(__("Welcome to %s! Here's how to log in:"), get_option('blogname')) . "\r\n\r\n";
$message .= wp_login_url() . "\r\n";
$message .= sprintf(__('Username: %s'), $user_login) . "\r\n";
$message .= sprintf(__('Password: %s'), $plaintext_pass) . "\r\n\r\n";
$message .= sprintf(__('If you have any problems, please contact me at %s.'), get_option('admin_email')) . "\r\n\r\n";
$message .= __('Adios!');

wp_mail($user_email, sprintf(__('[%s] Your username and password'), get_option('blogname')), $message);


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LeTune comments:

didnt work either, the email i am referring to is the second one, after the activation email.

Giri comments:

I'm not sure, But just check this plugin and give it a try.


John Cotton answers:

Ross is almost correct...

The filter line should read:

add_filter( 'new_user_email_content', 'new_welcome_user_msg_filter' );


Arnav Joy answers:

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Arnav Joy comments:

it is not best practice to edit wp core files...


Julio Potier answers:

Viruthagiri Thirumavalavan got the right answer.
@Ross, your filter is used to email address changed, not user confirmation email.


Gabriel Reguly answers:

Hi LeTune,

Maybe you are looking for a database entry, in a multisite install you should search meta_key <em>welcome_user_email</em> inside table <em>wp_sitemeta</em>.

Otherwise you can change function wp_new_user_notification(), which is located in wp-includes/pluggable.php.

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