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Decrease or Disable the Strength Required for your WooCommerce Passwords

Today we are going to show you an easy way to decrease or disable the strength required for your WooCommerce Passwords without the use of a plugin.

Disable the Password Strength

The first thing I will point out here is that this method is not necessarily advised but it’s one of those requests you might come across from time to time. Forcing strong passwords on your WooCommerce store can sometimes deter customers from processing their order which is one of the main reasons you are probably reading this post. For the average person, the strength at which WooCommerce/Wordpress require their passwords to be is above and beyond anything the customer will remember. Personally, I use LastPass to generate and store all of my passwords, so this is not an issue for me, but your customers may not be as tech-savvy.

Disabling strong passwords should be done at your own discretion, but until WordPress make the password strength parameters editable, I imagine many people will want to do it. You can add the following code to your theme’s functions.php file to completely remove the password strength check:

 * Remove password strength check.
function iconic_remove_password_strength() {
    wp_dequeue_script( 'wc-password-strength-meter' );
add_action( 'wp_print_scripts', 'iconic_remove_password_strength', 10 );

Decrease the Password Strength

It is actually possible to just decrease the strength required for your customer’s passwords. This is a much better option than disabling it completely, in most scenarios anyway.

The default strength is 3, and can range from 0 (non-existent) to 5 (ridiculously strong). You can change this by adding the following filter in your functions.php file:

 * Change min password strength.
function iconic_min_password_strength( $strength ) {
    return 2;
add_filter( 'woocommerce_min_password_strength', 'iconic_min_password_strength', 10, 1 );

Pretty simple right? If this has helped, leave a comment below, we’d love to hear from you.


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Posted by: Nathan da Silva

Nathan is the Founder of Silva Web Designs. He is passionate about web development, website design and basically anything digital-related. His main expertise is with WordPress and various other CMS frameworks. If you need responsive design, SEO, speed optimisation or anything else in the world of digital, you can contact Silva Web Designs here; [email protected]

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2 thoughts on “Decrease or Disable the Strength Required for your WooCommerce Passwords

  1. Removing the streength meter works but doiesn’t seem like a very good idea.

    Unfortuantely the decrease script isn’t workign for me.

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