I am still getting user registration emails. But the thing is, my site is set to "OFFLINE" (so only I as Super User must login to even access the frontend) and I have User Registration set to "No".

How are people still registering on my site?

I don't even have a login/registration module published on the frontend.

I am confused as to how I am getting user registration emails?

Any thoughts?


  • What joomla version do you have? Do you have any other component installed, that is able to override joomla registration process?
    – webchun
    Commented Nov 11, 2016 at 2:50
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    Is this site upgraded to 3.6.4? all version before allow to register users even if turned off.
    – jdog
    Commented Nov 11, 2016 at 5:51
  • As @jdog pointed, this should not be possible in newest 3.6.4
    – Mikan
    Commented Nov 11, 2016 at 10:17

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There is a nice document Users registering without a registration form being published at Joomla VEL (Vulnerable Extensions List) site, which explains it and have a few recommendations how to avoid it.

There are few very good answers to similar question here on JSE: How to stop (fake) users from registering on my website?

There is also official document on Setting user registration policy at Joomla Documentations site.

Now, I don't know what to make of the fact that you have site Offline, and still get registration emails. Only thing I can think of is that your Joomla is lower than 3.6.4, but you haven't specified it.

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