Create Custom Fields to User Profiles with ProfileGrid
If you have a membership website where you welcome registered users, you should be able to add profile fields to enlist information about your users. The more data your users get to enter, the more robust becomes the profile pages. Moreover, you can create custom fields to user profiles to make your users more attached to your site.
The WordPress ProfileGrid plugin makes it really easy to create custom fields to user profiles. The key lies in creating a customized registration form. So, let’s proceed by first installing the ProfileGrid plugin.
Creating Custom Fields for User Profiles
Right after installation, open up the ProfileGrid Dashboard menu.
From the ‘ProfileGrid’ option on the menu, we will land on the ‘Group Manager’ page.
Here, the admin gets to create groups and manage its consisting users.
However, the first step to create a user profile is to create a group where you want to welcome users. The ‘Add New’ option on the top left corner allows you to create new groups. Once the new group is formed, you start adding information fields to it.
Click on the ‘Fields’ option on the bottom corner of your newly formed group. The page where you will land is called the ‘Custom Fields Manager’ page. It has an option on the top left called ‘New Field’. By clicking on this option, you will see a list of fields opening up; from here you can add your desired fields.
The list contains predefined fields like Username, Password, Biographical info and many more. When you click on any field, you will land on a page called the ‘New Field’ page. Here you can determine the description, position, privacy etc. of this field.
In the above picture, you can see I have selected the ‘Facebook’ field. All the fields that are added on the backend, first appear on the registration form. Furthermore, a user fills up these fields in the form and these sets of information appear on the frontend profile.
The above picture shows the frontend view of a user profile. In this profile, we have added the username, profile image, first name and gender fields. Similarly, you can take your pick from the list of options provided under ‘New Fields’.
You can add new fields to an existing group as well. In that case, the existing users of that group can edit their profiles to insert data into the new field space. The advantage of being able to create custom fields to user profiles opens up a host of opportunities.
ProfileGrid allows an admin to maintain multifarious groups through one membership website. He/she can then create custom fields to user profiles that are suitable for a particular group. For example, not all groups might require the terms and conditions field or the paragraph or the radio button field.
Similarly, if a group consists of performing artists, then the admin might add the ‘YouTube’ field. This will allow the artists to add their YouTube channel links to their profiles. Offices or organizations can register their staff members under one group in this manner. By adding the ‘Date’ field, admin can seek the date of birth or joining date of these members. Moreover, users can add one field more than once in a profile. One can utilize a single field many a time, with different descriptors.
Therefore we saw, how easy it was to create custom fields to user profiles. With ProfileGrid, many such jobs become a cakewalk. This is due to the fact that this plugin can be used by amateurs as well as pro developers. One does not need to associate coding to perform such jobs. Moreover, users can perform most of the work with the help of the features, provided under the ProfileGrid menu. This is one of the main reasons behind its rising popularity.