Customize User Display Name in Membership Sites with ProfileGrid
Once you have setup the fundamental architecture of your membership site, the next step is to start making it more visually appealing. Themes can dictate how the overall site design will appear. But they can’t really control how to display the member information on their user profiles. One such important thing is to customize user display name in membership sites.
In order to customize users’ display name on your membership site, you just need to power it up with the ProfileGrid plugin. This plugin provides a host of extensions, among which is the User Display Name extension. And this extension is available in the free version itself.
Features of the User Display Name Extension
This extension offers various name patterns for users to mix and match. They can add prefixes or suffixes to add more value. There are both global and individual group options. This allows customization of display names in different groups. Usernames can be displayed in the following patterns:
- FirstName LastName,
- LastName, FirstName
- F. LastName
- FirstName L.
Apart from the predefined display name patterns, there is option to add prefixes and suffixes to usernames.
Activating Display Name Extension
The WP ProfileGrid plugin comes with plenty of features like shortcodes, extensions, global settings etc. It provides an entire page of extensions. Among them, the WooCommerce Integration and bbPress Integration come with the free pack. Along with the User Display Name and User Profile Custom Slugs extensions.
Therefore, to customize user display name in membership sites we just have to activate the Display Name extension from the ‘Extensions’ page.
Once activated, the extension appears in the ‘Global Settings’. By clicking on it, users land on the ‘User Display Name Settings’ page.
Customizing Display Names On Individual Groups
ProfileGrid is a membership plugin. It provides users with the necessary tools to create multiple groups. Where they can take in registered users. It also makes it quite easy to customize user display name in membership sites for individual user groups.
From the ‘ProfileGrid’ menu, you can visit the ‘Group Manager’ page.
From here, users need to select the ‘Settings’ option in the bottom left corner of any group. Then they will land up in the ‘Group Settings’ page.
After activation of this extension, along with various editing options, the display name toggle also appears here. It is the same customization module that appears on the ‘User Display Name Setting’ page. Whatever customization we do here is specific to the selected group.
You can see from the above picture, I have kept the name pattern ‘FirstName LastName’. The style is ‘Uppercase’. The Prefix is ‘Mrs.’ and the Suffix is ‘Co-Founder Sunshine Corps’. Let us see in the frontend if this customization is successfully executed.
So we see, as per our customization on the backend, we could modify the display name of ‘Erica’ under the ‘Workspace’ group.
We can also try some other display name pattern in some other group.
Just to check the efficiency of this extension, I selected a new group and started customizing the display name. I selected the name pattern FirstName L., the style is ‘Underlined’, the Prefix is ‘Dr.’ and Suffix is ‘Guest Lecturer’.
True to the backend customization, the display name of the user ‘Regina A’ has appeared successfully. However, users need to keep in mind one thing. For customizing display names, the ‘Username’ or ‘Nickname’ field needs to be added to a group.
Therefore, we saw how easily PG made it possible to customize user display name in membership sites. On one hand, this plugin helps users create membership sites easily. On the other hand, it does not need any third party plugins to make further customizations. It is the plugin to rely on if you are not a pro developer yet wish to create a professional site. This is one of the main reasons for its rising popularity.