When a new user signs up to your WordPress site, an email notification is sent to the “admin address” specified on
Settings > General > Email Address:
This email address is used for ALL notifications, and unfortunately, you can’t set a different email just for the “New User Registration”.
Luckily, there is a way to fine-tune the “new user registration” notifications and send them to a different email address other than the “admin email address”.
Open your theme’s
functions.php (Appearance > Theme Editor > Theme Functions):
In the example, we changed the email address to “[email protected]“, by using the
There are 4 variables you can use:
Let’s use the
headers to send the notification to “[email protected]” as a CC and keep the admin email as the recipient:
WordPress 4.8 and before:
This solution only works for WordPress 4.9+. For older versions, the filter
wp_new_user_notification_email_admin doesn’t exist, but you can redeclare the WP core function
wp_new_user_notification() as it is a pluggable function.
If you use the “WP_REST_User” plugin to create users via Ajax/REST, be aware that it doesn’t trigger a “wp_new_user_notification()” by default. So, you will need to add this:
both if you want to send a notification to the user too.
The user notification is different than the admin. You can fine-tune the user notification using the filter
wp_new_user_notification_email (same 3 arguments on function and same 4 customizable fields).