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Preventing new user signups
You can prevent new user signups on a permanent or temporarily basis. That may be useful for cases where you are only allowing new signups for a limited period of time, or when you only want to create the accounts through Single Sign On with your website, register the users yourself, or invite the users yourself.
The Register link on your forum will be hidden so that new users will not be able to register a new user account on your forum. Existing user accounts will not be affected.
You can prevent new user signups by following the directions below:
Note that the New Signups option will not appear on the Settings page if your forum is invite-only since only invited users would be able to register in that case.
Alternatively, you can allow new signups and then approve new users before they can begin using their account.