I'm trying to change the message users see after creating an account. It currently says:

Thank you for applying for an account. Your account is currently pending approval by the site administrator. In the meantime, a welcome message with further instructions has been sent to your e-mail address.

What's the best way of changing this? Would the String Overrides module help? A Rule, perhaps?

Many thanks.

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This is exactly what the String Overrides module is for.

If you only need just a couple strings, you can also use settings.php. See this section:

 * String overrides:
 * To override specific strings on your site with or without enabling locale
 * module, add an entry to this list. This functionality allows you to change
 * a small number of your site's default English language interface strings.
 * Remove the leading hash signs to enable.

You don't want to use Rules, because although you can add a new message with a rule, the old message will still be there as well (which isn't what you want, I assume).

  • Thanks for your help, Patrick. I'm trying my hardest to resist editing setting.php! Is this right? i.imgur.com/SVkS40N.png Commented Jul 27, 2013 at 12:51
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    It is worth noting that the string overrides module needs the exact text including the line breaks in the orginal message. See drupal.org/node/1261668 Commented Jan 21, 2015 at 13:16

I solved this with Rule module because this module was already used in my application but as Patrick Kenny said we can set new message with a rule but the old message will still be there as well. This problem I solved with the help of CSS (hiding message div with display:none property).

  • hm, how about further improving your rule, so that you would not need any CSS tweaks, and which should work for any theme also? Commented Jan 12, 2018 at 9:05

You can change those messages in Configuration>Account settings (admin/config/people/accounts). There is E-mails section where you can change messages used during account registeration process.

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    The OP is not talking about emails they are wishing to remove the on-screen notification Commented Jan 21, 2015 at 12:41

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