Daryll Doyle WordPress Development and Consultancy in Cornwall

Why I hate the WordPress signup page


I’ve been working with WordPress multisite a lot recently and whilst all in all it’s not too bad, there is one thing that really pisses me off about it, wp-signup.php. No matter how many times I try and get my head round the contents of this file, I still struggle.

It just seems like this file is a complete cluster-fuck of functions, html and css. On top of that, I feel there are insufficient hooks and filters to allow you to customise it properly without hacking the file to pieces.

I’ve had to style up a few signup pages recently for a project of ours and it was that much of a pain in the ass, I ended up using Gravity Forms to create a custom signup page that was 100 times better looking and easier to style.

Now, I’m not saying that wp-signup.php is useless, it does it’s job and it seems to do it well, my only gripe is that it’s so unstructured and hard to customise. That’s something that can be fixed though and it’s my hope that someone will address this in time for WordPress 4.4. I think I may have a crack at it this week and see what happens, we’ll see though.

About the author

Daryll Doyle

Daryll is a Staff Engineer at 10up.

With a deep passion for web development and open-source technology, Daryll is the original author of the SVG sanitization plugin Safe SVG, which boasts over 900,000 installs from the WordPress.org plugin directory and is now proudly maintained by 10up.

Throughout his career, Daryll has demonstrated expertise in SVGs and WordPress, sharing his knowledge through public speaking engagements, including a notable talk at WordCamp London 2018.

Beyond his professional life, Daryll enjoys spending quality time with his family and diving into research on Developer Experience, constantly seeking ways to improve the workflow and productivity of fellow developers.

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Daryll Doyle WordPress Development and Consultancy in Cornwall