WordPress User Name Limitations

The question:

I need to know what the wp specifications for the usernames are. Like allowed minimum and maximum length, are special characters like ü,ö,ä,ß accepted,..?

Unfortunately I couldn’t find any insight on this in the interweb. Do you have any?

The Solutions:

Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.

Method 1

I think the answer is in the source.

$username = wp_strip_all_tags( $username );
$username = remove_accents( $username );
// Kill octets
$username = preg_replace( '|%([a-fA-F0-9][a-fA-F0-9])|', '', $username );
$username = preg_replace( '/&.+?;/', '', $username ); // Kill entities

// If strict, reduce to ASCII for max portability.
if ( $strict )
     $username = preg_replace( '|[^a-z0-9 _.[email protected]]|i', '', $username );

So, the code strips tags, octets, and html entities. And it replaces accented characters with unaccented ones via the remove_accents function, which is fairly lengthy. Other characters get through unless $strict is true (default is false), in which case only ASCII characters are allowed.

The maximum login name length would be the database limit for the user_login column— 60 characters. The minimum, as best I can tell, is 1.


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