If you are an instructor using WordPress for a student project, talk to the Educational Technology team about whether it would be helpful to have a WordPress administrator add students to the site, which they can do while skipping the confirmation email step.
Privacy settings in WordPress can be found in the Dashboard, under Settings > Reading.
Wordpress allows you to choose between five privacy settings, as seen in the image above.
The first two options make your site available to the general public.
The remaining three settings limit visibility to members of the MHC and Five Colleges community by requiring viewers to log in to commons before viewing.