A WordPress user profile lets your website subscribers edit their personal information from the front end. Here is how to set it up:
A registration form can be a simple yet effective tool for encouraging repeat visits to your website, and perhaps even monetizing your content.
However, after some time, your users will need to edit the details they submitted initially. And they may be reluctant to contact your customer service department to get it done.
This is where a frontend editor comes in. By giving website members the ability to edit their personal information, you improve their overall experience.
In this post, we'll discuss the importance of a frontend profile page and how to let users edit their profiles via a simple website form. Let’s get started!
Why do I need a WordPress user profile page?
Creating a user registration form is a good way to improve visitor retention on your website. And if you plan to build a revenue-generating membership site, you will need registered users to return and edit their custom user profile.
The information that makes up this profile will change over time. This may be due to personal preference, such as adding a new profile picture. Or it may be more practical, like changing account passwords or changing the email address.
If your members cannot edit their profiles themselves, and need to email you anytime they want to change a small detail, they may abandon your website.
Thankfully, there are WordPress user profile plugins that can solve this problem. Formidable Forms gives your members frontend access, and lets them edit their user profiles as needed.
Providing a WordPress user profile page on your website improves user experience and reduces the strain on your customer service team.
How do I create a WordPress user profile page on the front end?
Now that we’ve explored the benefits of a WordPress profile plugin, let’s simulate the steps you need to set it up. For this tutorial, we'll use Formidable Forms, the most advanced form builder on WordPress.
Step 1: Create and customize a user profile form
If you don't already use it on your website, download and activate the Formidable Forms plugin.
Once done, go to your WordPress dashboard to create a form. Navigate to Formidable → Forms and click on Add New.
You can either choose a Blank Form and add fields to your user profile form, or select the Edit User Profile form template shown below:
In the subsequent popup, give the form a name. You may also enter an optional description to help you identify this form on your WordPress dashboard. Afterward, click Create.
Using the drag and drop editor, create custom form fields as you wish. For example, you may choose to give users the ability to update their phone number, email, and home address.
Step 2: Make your user profile form dynamic
Since the users who access this form will be editing pre-existing information, you need to automatically populate the fields with their details.
You can do this by using dynamic default values.
In the fields you want to auto-populate, add the [user_meta key="meta_name"] shortcode as shown in the image below.
Replace "meta_name" with the information that you want to display. For example, [user_meta key="home_address"] will display the user’s current home address.
You may repeat this action for the custom fields you want to let your subscribers update from the frontend. Doing so allows the user to update the old information.
Step 3: Let only logged-in members edit their user profile
Only members will need to edit their profile details. So, it's best to limit the Edit User Profile form to logged-in users only.
To set this restriction, navigate to Settings → Form Permissions.
Here, select the checkboxes labeled Limit form visibility to and Limit number of entries to one per. For both of these settings, choose Logged-in Users from the accompanying dropdown:
Afterward, select Allow front-end editing of entries.
When the Role required to edit one's own entries option appears, open the accompanying dropdown and select Logged-in Users.
Step 4: Map form fields to registration settings
Next, you need to map the fields in the Edit User Profile form to your registration settings. This ensures that as subscribers submit the edit profile form, the changes they make are updated immediately.
Go to Settings, select Actions & Notifications. Then, click on Register User:
If you haven’t already installed the Register User add-on, Formidable Forms will prompt you to do so. On the subsequent page, fill the form as follows:
Next, you need to choose the trigger action that will edit users' profile information. You can view all of your available options using the Trigger this action when dropdown:
We recommend selecting Entry is created and Entry is updated. This will update the user’s profile when they submit the form.
Step 5: Publish your front-end user profile form
When you’re happy with your form, click on Save. On your WordPress dashboard, navigate to Formidable → Forms:
Copy the shortcode for the Edit User Profile form you just created. Then, navigate to the user profile page where you want to display the form. You can create a separate WordPress registration page, or use the profile page for registration too.
Publish the form and remember to Save.
Your WordPress user profile page is now ready to use. Subscribers can edit their profiles from their desktop or mobile devices.
Read more: How to create a login page in WordPress.
As part of your user registration process, you’ll collect a lot of information. However, there's no guarantee these details will remain valid forever.
It is prudent to give users a way to update their profiles manually instead of always relying on your support staff. A WordPress profile builder plugin provides this functionality.
Here is a summary of how your site members can edit their WordPress user profiles with Formidable Forms:
- Create and customize a new user profile form.
- Make your profile form smart with default values.
- Let only logged-in members add and edit their user profiles.
- Map form fields to registration settings and custom fields.
- Publish your WordPress user profile page.
To create a membership profile for your WordPress site subscribers and leverage other advanced features, download Formidable Forms today.
Check out our pricing plans now to see which of our packages meet your needs.
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