How to exclude user & roles from the WordPress password policies

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By default the password policies you configure in the Password Policies for WordPress plugin apply to all users on the website. However, you can exclude users, or all users with a specific role from the policies. When you exclude users they can use any password, including easy to guess ones. This post explains how you can do it.

Note: It is also possible to configure different password policies for different roles on your WordPress website.

Excluding a user or users from password policies

To exclude a user or users from the password policies:

  1. Login to the WordPress dashboard
  2. Navigate to Settings > Password Policies
  3. Click the Settings tab
  4. Specify the username or usernames in the Exempted Users setting.
  5. Click Save Changes to save the new settings.

Excluding a user or users from the password policies

Excluding all users with a role from password policies

To disable the password policies for all users with a specific role:

  1. Login to the WordPress dashboard
  2. Navigate to Settings > Password Policies
  3. Click on the tab of the role you’d like to exclude (in the plugin you will find a tab for every role on your site, even custom roles)
  4. Enable the setting Do not enforce password policies for this role
  5. Click Save Changes to save the new settings.

Exclude all users with a role from the password policies

If instead you’d like to configure different policies for users with a specific role, read configuring password policies for specific WordPress roles for more details on how to do so.