Recently for a project it was necessary to restrict WordPress registration to a select few specific domains, for example: domains with an email address from a certain company, i.e. email addresses ending with

Rather than using a plugin to do limit domain access when registering, a few lines of code is all it takes to restrict access on sign-up, with a handy error message included to boot.

Here’s the code you’ll need – added to your site theme’s functions.php file.

// Allow Registration Only from email addresses

function is_valid_email_domain($login, $email, $errors ){
 $valid_email_domains = array("","");// allowed domains
 $valid = false; // sets default validation to false
 foreach( $valid_email_domains as $d ){
  $d_length = strlen( $d );
  $current_email_domain = strtolower( substr( $email, -($d_length), $d_length));
 if( $current_email_domain == strtolower($d) ){
  $valid = true;
 // Return error message for invalid domains
 if( $valid === false ){

$errors->add('domain_whitelist_error',__( '<strong>ERROR</strong>: Registration is only allowed from selected approved domains. If you think you are seeing this in error, please contact the system administrator.' ));
add_action('register_post', 'is_valid_email_domain',10,3 );

And that’s all it takes. Invalid email domains will produce the following result:

WordPress Registration from Certain Domains Only