Kyle 0

For my user registration form should I require a username, an email, and a password, or just ask for an email and password, and the email would be used for their username?

Just asking for two things is simpler and quicker, but what are the pros and cons to each?

2 answers

danwellman 5600

Asking for a username gives people the opportunity to keep their email address a little more private, ie, when they post content or perform some action, their username will be displayed and not their email address...

Answered over 9 years ago by danwellman
  • Note: With the proper security methods in place (such as SSL encryption over https), neither their username or email address would be public. Gary Hepting over 9 years ago

What Dan said is totally right, but I also think it really depends on the group of users, too.

If users rarely visit a website (such as an annual tax sign-in, etc.) it is easier for them to remember their proper credentials if it is just their email address and not a "johnsmith10398124398" because they couldn't get their preferred one... :)

Always think about the audience needs when making these decisions.

Answered over 9 years ago by Gary Hepting