Help > Forum > Users > User Accounts
User accounts are the primary means of access for users to the forum, and these accounts help you in identifying the actions taken by different users on your forum. Every person accessing your system should have a unique user account.
The User Accounts option allows your users to create an account on your forum. If you do not want the users to create an account, you can disable the User Accounts option using the instructions below and then set the appropriate permissions for guest users to post. Note that it is also possible to simultaneously keep User Accounts enabled and still allow guest/anonymous posting on specific or all categories. Turning User Accounts off is not required to allow guest posting.
Please follow the directions mentioned below to enable or disable User Accounts on your forum:
Turning off User Accounts will hide any existing accounts that have already been created. Alternatively, you prevent new user signups on a permanent or temporarily basis.
Note that we don't recommend turning off User Accounts. A lot of very useful functionality depends on user accounts. For example, user profiles, liking posts, user reputation, viewing all posts made by a user, a user automatically being taken back to the point in a topic where they last left off reading, private messages, weekly email digests for users that haven't visited the forum recently, and much more.