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How to Create Temporary Login for WordPress (No Passwords)

Have you ever need to create temporary WordPress accounts that automatically expire after a given time? Sometimes you may need to create temporary accounts to give temporary access to the admin area. In this article, we will show you how to create temporary login for WordPress without passwords.

Create temporary login in WordPress without passwords

When You May Need Temporary Login Accounts for WordPress

A lot of our beginners users often hire developers to perform small tweaks on their websites. These developers may need access to the admin area to edit or check something.

If you trust the developer, then you can create an administrator account for them and later delete it when they have done their job.

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

However, sometimes you may forget that you added someone with privileges to make changes on your website. This leaves your website open to possible security threats and data safety issues.

Using temporary, logins you can create temporary accounts that require no password to login and are automatically disabled after a given time.

Having said that, let’s see how to easily create temporary login in WordPress that require no passwords.

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Adding Temporary Login Accounts in WordPress

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Temporary Login Without Password plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit Users » Temporary Logins page and click on ‘Create New’ button to add a new temporary login account.

Adding a new temporary login in WordPress

This will show a form where you need to enter information for the temporary login you want to add.

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

Adding a new temporary account in WordPress

Next, you need to select a user role for the user. Be careful when selecting a user role. If you are unsure about which user role to assign, then take a look at our beginner’s guide to WordPress user roles and permissions.

Then, you need to choose expiry duration for this temporary account. This is the period after which the account will automatically expire.

Lastly, you can also select the language for the new user. This is the language the user will see the WordPress dashboard in.

Don’t forget to click on the submit button to store your changes.

You will now see a success message and URL that anyone can use to login to the temporary account you just added. Click on the ‘Click to Copy’ button to copy the URL and share it with anyone you want to have access.

Click to copy the temporary login URL.

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

Managing Temporary Logins

The plugin also makes it easier for you to manage temporary logins. Simply visit the Users » Temporary Logins page, and you will see the list of temporary logins you have added to your site.

Manage temporary logins

For each account, you will be able to see the user’s name and email address. You will also be able to see the role assigned to them, last login date, and time remaining till account expires.

Under the actions column, you can expire a login before its expiry, delete an account, edit the user, and email or copy the temporary login URL.

Once a temporary account is permanently deleted, all the content created by that user like posts or pages will show the administrator account as the author.

That’s all, we hope this article allowed you to safely create temporary login for WordPress with no passwords. You may also want to see our guide on how to how to monitor user activity in WordPress with Security Audit Logs.

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11 CommentsLeave a Reply

  1. Thank you for such an easy to follow article! I need temp admin access for a tech person–this is perfect.

  2. Hi, I set up a temporary login account for help with my wordpress site. I want to now delete the user account but there is not option to delete it – just the option to “view” and “edit”. I have searched and searched but cannot find out how to delete that account. Can you help please?

    • If created using the plugin, ensure you’re checking under Users>Temporary Logins on an admin user for your site.

      Admin

  3. Actually, i need the same for wordpress.org. When I am on computer that isn’t mine but want to leave a comment on a wordpress.org integrated comment section, it detects my email address has an account of forces me to the wordpress login screen,

    But I make really complex password that I store in a password safe which I cannot use when on a work or other computer that isn’t mine. Any ideas on how to have an easy to remember, read only wordpress.org login?

  4. Hello.

    Thank you very much, instructions were useful, you people are great help, I’m grateful.

  5. Hello Jason,

    We have noted down your request. It will be incorporated in future release.

    Just want to update you that now you can also create a temporary login with custom expiry date.

    Hope that helps.

    If you like this plugin, please consider giving us 5 star ratings on WordPress.

    Thanks!
    :Malay

  6. Need to be able to extend and existing temporary login. Can you please add this feature.

    At the moment the only way is to delete and reset up with new date.

    • Hi Jason.

      It’s already implemented into latest version of Temporary Login Without Password plugin.

      You can update the plugin from WordPress installation or download the latest version.

      Hope that helps!

  7. Thanks for the detailed guide about the plugin. We developed it because we wanted to create a safe way for our clients to give us access to their WordPress admin for trouble shooting.

    Hope many others find it useful!

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