Add Existing Users

Quickly bulk add existing users from across an entire network and set user roles.

Version 1.2.1


    March 4, 2014 - version 1.2.1

      January 10, 2014 - version 1.2
      • Completely recoded.
      • Table dropped. Users are added instantly.
      • Better WP UI integration.
      • Other fixes.

      February 20, 2012 - version 1.1.2

        February 25, 2011 - version 1.1.1
        • Enhancement: compatibility with WordPress 3.1
        • Enhancement: internationalization

        Downloads 15,277

        Compatibility Multisite 4.1 BuddyPress 2.2

        add existing users lets you quickly bulk add existing users to any site on your network.

        Adding existing users to a site is now as simple as entering the email address attached to their existing username and selecting the level of access you want to grant them.

        Use nice simple forms, so it can be easily used by anyone.

        Add Existing users panel
        Simple forms easy for everyone

        Perfect for importing multiple existing users into new and existing sites.



        Start by reading Installing plugins section in our comprehensive
        WordPress and WordPress Multisite Manual
        if you are new to WordPress.

        To install:

        1.  Download the plugin file
        2.  Unzip the file into a folder on your hard drive
        3.  Upload /add-existing-users/ folder to /wp-content/plugins/ folder on your site
        4.  Login to your admin panel for WordPress Multisite
        5.  Visit Network Admin -> Plugins and Network Activate the plugin.

        That’s it! No configuration necessary!

        To use:

        A new menu item called Add Existing Users should appear under the Users navigation menu in the site admin dashboard.

        It is designed for quickly adding existing users to a site in batches of up to 15 users.

        Use Add New Users plugin if you want to create and add new users in batches of up to 15 users

        Please note:

        • The users are immediately added to the site and automatically listed as users on theUsers page.
        • They can only access features in the site’s administration panel based on the role they’ve been assigned
        • Spam filters, especially strict ones for institutional email
          addresses, often block the emails that the login details.  If unsure
          use free webmail accounts such as gmail, hotmail that don’t block these
          invitation emails.

        To add the existing users, administrators simply enter:

        1. The email address attached to their existing username
        2. Assign their role – you can find out more about different levels of access here.
        3. Once added they’ll be sent an email with their login details — their password will be blank since they just need to use their existing password

        Adding existing users to a site