Create user accounts on a WordPress site with a user registration form. Unsurprisingly, the User Registration Add-on is one of the top three in the Formidable Forms suite of tools. It's especially helpful for sites that are membership-based or subscriber-based.
Is one of your New year’s resolutions to better manage your internet passwords? If so, you’re not alone. As of 2020, Google searches for “password manager app” are at their all-time peak.
The rise of password manager app searches is indicative of another rising trend. A trend that definitely hasn’t peaked yet: website user registration. Lots of passwords means lots of registered users!
Does your site allow users to create user accounts? If not, read on to see how this can increase engagement on your site.
Why user accounts are important for a WordPress website
Websites used to be fairly static places to go and get information. Web 2.0 changed that with the shift to dynamic pages with user-generated content and social sharing. Effective websites are sites that “know” their users and facilitate relationships through digital “conversations.” These conversations don’t just talk to users; they allow users to talk with you.
Online conversations are facilitated through forms. Contact forms are fine enough for their purpose, which is transactional. A user typically only sends a contact form through when a transaction is required (help needed, etc).
But what if you want more than just a transactional relationship with your users? For sites that go beyond transactions, you need registered users. The User Registration Add-On to Formidable Forms is what you need to build this form. This post looks at the benefits of user registration forms.
👉 Read more: How to Edit WordPress User Profiles on the Front End
Sites that can benefit from a user registration form
Any site that utilizes user-generated content can benefit from user registration. Generally speaking, the following types of sites should allow users to register themselves or sign up in some way:
- Membership sites
- Subscription-based sites
- Sites where users should only see their own content and not the content of others (such as an online journal)
- Sites that need to restrict content to users who are signed up and logged in
- Sites that encourage user commenting, voting, or rating
- Sites that rely on user-generated content, such as job postings or classifieds.
- Sites that allow guest blog contributions
- Sites that segment their users for marketing based on user profile meta.
- Sites that give a better user experience in the form of pre-filled meta in their offer or purchase forms.
Subscriber and member-based websites depend upon increasing numbers of members. That’s a given. But as we’ve seen above, nearly every website that wants to provide a better user experience, better segmented marketing, or allow for user-generated content can benefit from adding user registration.
A word about guest blog contributions: we looked at the benefits of guest blogging. With only a few guest contributors, it’s not a big deal for you to create user accounts on your WordPress site for them. If you have more than a few, however, you could save yourself time and provide a better experience for them by allowing guests to register themselves.
What can be done with user registration?
The Formidable Forms User Registration Add-On allows you to create user accounts on your WordPress site. What you do with these user accounts is dependent upon your particular site, but here are some things you can do with this add-on:
- Add a login form to any page or widget on your site.
- Allow users to create their own accounts on your site with a sign-up registration form.
- Allow users to be logged in automatically after they submit the registration form.
- Allow user to upload a profile pic or avatar.
- Allow users to update their profile and change their password. (Note: At this time, users can’t change their usernames since WordPress doesn’t allow this by default, but they can change their password and any other profile values.)
- Confirm user’s email address before registration is completed.
Create user accounts on your WordPress site
There are a few different ways to enable user registration.
If users will be added manually, you can go to the WordPress Users page and click Add New. On this page, you'll have options to set the email address, autogenerate the password, and send an email to the new user.
On the other hand, you can also let visitors create their own accounts. First, download and activate the User Registration add-on. We've got helpful instructions in the docs for you to create user accounts on your WordPress site.
Formidable Forms makes it easy to build user registration into your form. First, set up your fields for your user registration form. The only field Formidable Forms requires for this form is an email field.
Not sure what information to ask for? One of the biggest factors for converting website visitors to members is ease of registration. A registration form that is simple and user-friendly is vital. If you must collect a lot of information from subscribers, do it incrementally. Otherwise, it could look like a tax form! You don't want it to be taxing. ? For more on this idea of progressive profiling (gathering information incrementally), check out this post from IronPaper Insights.
Access User Registration settings in the Form Actions section of the Form Settings. The Form action is called Register User.
There are numerous options in this Register User Form Action. Below is a screenshot of the fields available to you.
If your goal is to make it as easy as possible for a new user to immediately begin accessing content or functionality restricted to members, perhaps you’ll want to check the box Automatically log in users who submit this form.
More and more websites are moving to increase user engagement and provide a better user experience with user registration. Keep your site competitive. Get started with the User Registration plugin today and begin building your site membership in minutes.
If you already have User Registration enabled, we'd love to hear how you utilize User Registration on your site!
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