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Create A Front End Menu or Your Members With Profile Builder

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Earlier this month I published ‘25 Useful Free WordPress Plugins For Multi-Author Blogs‘ on Noupe. One of the first suggestions for plugins I missed out came from Christian of Cosmolabs, who is author of the useful profile plugin Profile Builder.

The plugin allows you to create a page where users can login and modify their profile on your live site rather than the admin area. You can do this using the shortcodes [wppb-login], [wppb-register] and [wppb-edit-profile].

Profile Builder Login Form

Unlike a plugin such as Register Plus, Profile Builder doesn’t actually change the default registration page. The plugin doesn’t allow you to change the default registration page at all. Instead, you need to create a page for users to register. It would have been good if the plugin improved the default register page too though I believe the whole point of this plugin is to keep the user on your live site rather than send them away to another page.

Creating a dedicated registration page does have some benefits. For example, you can add an information before and after the registration form.

Profile Builder Register

By creating a private area for members on your live site, members don’t have to enter the admin area to edit basic details of their profile.

Profile Builder Modify Profile

In the settings area you can hide the WordPress admin bar from certain user groups. You can also hide certain profile fields from your profile modification page (the plugin hides the fields rather than deleting them).

Profile Builder Settings

The free version of the plugin doesn’t enhance the profile area in any way. It simply allows you to place the login form, registration page and profile modification area on your live site.

There is a premium version of the plugin available for $39.99. That lets you add a host of additional fields such as Country selects, agree to terms checbox and time zone selection. It also adds avatar support, 2 additional CSS styles (black and white) and comes with 1 year of priority support and updates.

If you have registrations enabled on your website, it’s worth checking out as it keeps visitors on your live website rather than sending them to the WordPress admin area.

Thanks,
Kevin

Links: Profile Builder Free | Profile Builder Premium

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Comments (1)

Comment by Esinem says:

ONE TO AVOID!

I have been badly let down by Coding Futures over their YourMembers plugin. A bug appeared that meant YM and Zombaio were not transferring data properly so memberships were not being activated randomly. After 6 months, Tim failed to fix it. In fact at first, he blamed me for set up problems, in spite of paying them twice to do the job! He has a very unusual approach to customer ‘service’ as he seems well-versed in sales prevention techniques. I believe two of his developers have left (Dave Naylor set up his own support company but my experiences were not a lot better as sometimes emails would go unanswered for days). Rats leaving a sinking ship?

Coding Futures closed their support forum some months back alleging a ‘security issue’ but AFAIK it has never been re-instated.

YM is very full-featured and appears to do everything you would expect, plus more, with the notable exception of actually working! If it worked reliably, it would be a killer app. As it is, it’s a waste of time and has cost be deep in the purse in terms of time and money, not to mention members. l’m in the process of replacing the whole site with PornCMS from PKS Consulting. Ryan of PKS is a breath of fresh air after Tim. He delivers and understands customer service. My advice is not to touch YM with a barge pole!

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