A simple registration form already comes by default with WordPress. However, with the right tools, advanced customizations are plentiful, whether you add a logo to the form or include that form on a more public page.

Each website requires a different version of the user registration module and that’s why it’s important to learn how to add and manage a custom WordPress registration form.

The good news is that a registration form comes in many shapes and styles. You have the option to build and manage a custom WordPress registration form with a user registration plugin, adding membership profiles and branding elements.

As an alternative, you may want to integrate with a third-party registration tool or stick to the basics and slightly customize the default registration module from WordPress.

Regardless of your needs and desires for a custom WordPress registration form, various solutions are available for activating more simplistic registration forms, or advanced login and registration pages with features for user messaging and logging in with social media accounts.

Keep reading to learn more about user registration in general and the basics behind adding a new, and fully customizable, WordPress registration form to your website.

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What Is User Registration?

User registration is the simple process of a website visitor creating an account on your website.

This registration, or sign up, involves a new customer on a site like an ecommerce store, or a member joining a forum, or a reader registering on a blog, just to name a few.

The user registration process requires a person to type in some sort of contact information to make an account. Sometimes it’s as simple as creating a username and password. However, it’s more common to at least have an email address field to ensure that a password recovery process is possible.

The standard WordPress registration page asks for a username and email. After that, a password is requested.

WordPress Registration Form

Example of a WordPress Registration Form

As an alternative, you may find far more extensive user registration forms, with fields asking for information like gender, address, or birthdate. It’s not uncommon to see in-depth forms like this from places like dating sites or social networks. Even sites like Netflix offer optional user registration questions to hone in on the types of videos you like to watch.

A user registration form isn’t necessary if you’re not offering anything special to those users or if you’re uninterested in managing a user database. However, a website visitor is a rather valuable part of running an online business, so it’s often better to figure out reasons to have users.

User registration also opens up possibilities for setting user roles, where some users have different capabilities or access to your site compared to others.

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User roles for WordPress Registration Form

In general, a user registration module tends to lead the person to an online space for that user to understand their standing and activity on your site. A site like eBay, for example, shows past bids and purchases in the user profile. And this is only possible if someone walks through the user registration form to make that profile area.

Now that we’ve talked about the basics of user registration, and the function it serves, keep reading to learn about why you may consider adding a WordPress user registration form to your site.

Advantages of WordPress Registration Forms

When building a site, you may wonder about the purpose of adding a WordPress registration form. Overall, a registration area shows visitors that they may find some sort of benefit from creating an account. Sometimes this means they’ll open up access to a forum, or maybe it lets them log all past purchases or interactions with other users.

Registration forms add value for the users making the accounts. As a bonus, the site owners gain significant returns in the form of organization and data collection.

The benefits are many, but here are the primary ones:

What’s the Best Way to Offer a Registration Form on WordPress?

There are technically hundreds of ways to add a registration form to your WordPress site. The way you go about designing your form makes each process entirely unique, especially once you start adding unique custom fields.

However, four primary methods exist for adding a user registration form, all of which are possible with the right knowledge and tools.

You can activate a registration module with the following methods:

The big question is, which of the methods is ideal for your situation?

It’s tricky to choose which path you should take, but your business format and feature-set desires do play a role in which one to consider:

How to Create a WordPress Registration Form Without a Plugin

It’s possible to add a registration form to WordPress without having to seek out and install a new plugin. The reasoning for this approach varies, but in general, site owners can either opt for the built-in registration form from WordPress or consider a more advanced route with third-party software or custom coding.

We’ll cover the steps on how to approach each method.

Activating the Default User Registration Feature in WordPress

WordPress already provides a registration form and user management area when you install the Content Management System. The registration features aren’t necessarily turned on by default, so there are some steps to walk through in order to ensure that your site visitors have the ability to make an account.

Keep in mind that this version of a registration form is the bare minimum when it comes to designing forms for registration and login modules. However, it does the trick for blogs and smaller communities that only need to obtain users and give people a way to login with a username and password.

To begin, go to your WordPress dashboard.

Click on Settings > General.

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WordPress settings

As you scroll down in the Settings, find the Membership heading. Check this box to ensure that anyone who comes to your site can register as a new user.

After that, modify the New User Default Role field so that each new user is assigned a role with permissions.

The Subscriber user role is the most common for members and customers. Contributors and Authors have access to some content creation tools, like blog posts, while the Editors can publish and the Administrators maintain control over every aspect of the website.

Be sure to save the changes.

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User roles

This activation turns on a unique registration and login page for people to go to when they’d like to gain access to your website.

By default, the form is reachable at: myexamplewebsite.com/wp-login.php. It’s possible to change this URL, but all WordPress login and registration pages usually start with the wp-login.php subdirectory.

You should see a form that asks for the visitor to login with a username or email address, along with their password. The page also includes a link to register for the site, recover a forgotten password, and go back to the site’s homepage.

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Default URL for a WordPress Registration Form

Now that you’ve activated user registration, it’s time to place a registration form on the frontend of the site.

The easiest way to install a registration form on WordPress is by adding a widget.

Go to Appearance > Widgets in the WordPress dashboard.

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The widgets tab in WordPress

The list of Available Widgets shows several options to choose from, including custom HTML, images, and a Meta widget. These widgets are all provided by default in WordPress, so you don’t have to install anything else.

Look for the Meta widget. It activates a module for users to login, register, and click through some other WordPress links.

Select the Meta widget.

meta widget

The meta widget in WordPress

All themes vary, so you may have a footer, sidebar, header, or some combination of those widget areas. You’re able to place the Meta widget in any of those.

Our current test theme only has a few footers, so we’ll place my Meta widget in the first one. This way, site visitors see the login and registration form no matter which page they end up at.

Select the widget area of your choice and click the Add Widget button.

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Adding a widget

The Meta widget is now placed and saved in the footer area, or whichever widget area you decided.

When you click on the Meta widget, you’ll notice that it doesn’t contain much content or any customizable fields. It’s all configured for you.

However, the Meta widget allows you to adjust the Title if you’d like. Make sure to save the widget if it didn’t save automatically.

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Editing the meta widget

Go to the frontend of your website to view what the registration link looks like:

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Registration form on the frontend

Once you log out of your test account, you’ll notice a Register and Log In links are presented for users to click on and either log in to their previously created accounts or to make new ones.

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Register links

Similar to what we saw before, clicking through the Log In or Register links brings the user to the standard WordPress registration page, asking them to make a username, type in their email address and create a password.

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Default WordPress Registration Form

How to Change the Registration and Login Form

Outside of custom coding, several options are available for customizing the default WordPress login and registration page.

Changing the design of the WordPress login page helps with branding and security. It makes sense to have your own logo and colors on the registration page, especially when it comes to customer-facing online communities where the login page is one of the first areas a customer sees.

The other reason you may decide to change the structure of the login page is to prevent intruders from gaining access. This can be done by changing the URL of said registration page (since anyone can think of and go to the /wp-login.com URL) and by adding additional protection like a spam security check.

Changing the Registration Page Logo and Design

Quickly removing the WordPress logo and swapping it out for your own on the registration page adds a hint of your own brand when users attempt to log in and register.

You also have the option to completely modify the design of that page with a plugin, incorporating unique styles and colors that look different from the standard WordPress designs.

Some people only want to add a new logo and get rid of the WordPress logo. That’s simple enough and doesn’t require a plugin.

To do so, upload the logo to your WordPress media library. This is done by going to Media > Add New.

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Adding a new logo

On that page, you upload the logo from your computer by clicking on the Select Files button and selecting the logo from your computer files.

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Uploading a new logo for your custom WordPress Registration Form

Once it’s uploaded, find and click on the Edit link for that logo image.

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Edit the new logo file

Copy the image’s File URL to the clipboard. Save that for later in a text editor or something similar.

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Copying logo URL for WordPress Registration Form

Moving forward, navigate to the site’s functions.php file. Paste the following bit of code into the functions.php file. It’s usually best to paste the code at the end of the file:

function wpb_login_logo() { ?>
<style type="text/css">
#login h1 a, .login h1 a {
background-image: url(http://your-logo.png);
height:200px;
width:600px;
background-size: 600px 200px;
background-repeat: no-repeat;
padding-bottom: 20px;
}
</style>
<?php }
add_action( 'login_enqueue_scripts', 'wpb_login_logo' );

Find the text that says “http://your-logo.png” and replace it with the image URL you saved from before.

You also have the option to change the height and width of your logo based on the actual size of the file. Feel free to play around with the code and preview the result until you render it to a perfect display.

Check out the official WordPress documentation on customizing the login form if you have any questions or would like to tackle any other customizations.

Using a Plugin for Further Registration Page Customizations

As an alternative, several plugins are available for changing the login page logo.

In fact, the LoginPress Customizer plugin provides a complete system for swapping out the logo and customizing just about every aspect of your registration page.

LoginPress for WordPress Registration Form

LoginPress for WordPress Registration Form

To utilize LoginPress, install the plugin and go to LoginPress > Customizer in the WordPress dashboard.

The plugin offers additional settings but we’re mainly looking at the customization tools.

This brings you to the regular WordPress Customizer, but with a special page just for modifying the registration form and page.

The plugin has several prebuilt themes in the premium version, but most of the design capabilities are provided for free.

As you can see, settings are available for adjusting the logo, background, login form, and more. It already automatically incorporated a background that looks drastically different than the default background from WordPress.

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Theme builder for WordPress Registration Form

The plugin has a visual builder. So to change the logo, all you have to do is scroll over the logo and click the Change Logo icon.

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Changing the logo in a registration form

Upload a logo from your computer and move the logo width and height settings to ensure it looks good.

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Customizing your logo

Next up, go to the Background tab to either select a provided background from LoginPress or upload your own. You can also go with a blank white background or a solid color.

With the click of a button, you can switch the flowery background to one with leaves.

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Setting a background

Quite a few other tabs are provided for you to tweak the registration page settings.

We recommend looking through all of them, including the option to completely transform the size and location of the form. You can modify everything from welcome messages to Google Fonts, all without having to touch a line of code.

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Additional settings for your WordPress Registration Form

Changing the Registration Page URL

It’s important to decide if you’d like to make a new URL for the registration page. We discussed earlier that the registration page is reachable at myexamplewebsite.com/wp-login.php.

Since WordPress uses the /wp-login.php subdirectory for all login pages, it’s not difficult for a hacker to know the exact location. Although they still need to brute force attack the login form, you add a layer of security by minimizing the chance of them getting to the page in the first place.

Your best bet is to install and activate the WPS Hide Login plugin to get the job done. The plugin instantly handles the redirect and hiding of your old registration page, only asking you to decide on the subdirectory name.

WPS Hide Login plugin

WPS Hide Login WordPress plugin

We have a tutorial for installing and using the WPS Hide Login plugin right here. Please follow those steps to change your login URL. Essentially, it’s an almost completely automated process where you type in a new sub-directory for the login URL and the redirection URL (if you want to adjust that).

Then, the plugin does the rest of the work for you, creating something like in the following screenshot.

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Secret URL

How to Create a WordPress Registration Form With an Advanced Plugin

The previous tactics to activate and customize the registration form work by modifying the already implemented login form from WordPress. That WordPress form has the basics, but it’s not for everyone.

What if your website requires additional fields for collecting phone numbers or physical addresses? Wouldn’t it be nice to generate your own custom fields so that the limits on registration forms are virtually non-existent?

Although a custom coded registration form is the most effective way to get the most unique design for a form, a WordPress plugin is the next best thing.

In addition, you don’t have to spend all that time and money developing a form that could potentially be created with a plugin.

Best WordPress Registration Form Plugins

Take a look at our article on the best WordPress user registration plugins. It covers a large collection of plugins that are suitable for designing and formating registration modules without much coding knowledge at all.

Some of them provide unique tools for utilizing large collections of custom fields, while others immediately activate member directories for organizing your membership base.

We highly recommend reading through that article to decide on the best registration form plugin for your situation, but below is a list of our favorites:

These plugins focus on building membership login forms and niche registration areas to move your users through a smooth process when signing up for your website.

As an alternative, you could use a general form plugin so that you don’t get stuck with a plugin that’s limited to a certain industry or function.

For instance, it’s possible to make a custom WordPress registration form with the Contact Form 7 and Gravity Forms plugins.

We’ll cover those steps in the sections below.

Making a WordPress Registration Form with Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 offers the most basic of contact form tools on WordPress. It’s extremely popular, reliable, and simple enough so that it looks nice on any website. Not to mention, this basic design ensures that any developer can go in and customize with their own code.

Contact Form 7 plugin

Contact Form 7 plugin

A standard form could very well serve as a registration solution, but those form submissions go to a different database and don’t actually register new users into your WordPress user database. Instead, you receive emails with the contact form submission and whatever user data you asked for in the form. You could log that user information in a spreadsheet, but that’s not always ideal.

For some, this may work just fine. You can import your list from Contact Form 7 into any contact management plugin or software. You also have the option to import that list into the WordPress user section.

However, we’d like to make it a little streamlined by linking Contact Form 7 to an extension that converts your Contact Form 7 forms into the actual user registration form for WordPress.

There are two methods for turning your Contact Form 7 creations into legitimate user registration forms:

As with many tasks in WordPress, we often like to stick with plugins if it becomes too complicated with custom coding.

Therefore, the first step is to install the Contact Form 7 plugin and an extension plugin called Frontend Registration – Contact Form 7.

Frontend Registration

Frontend Registration

Once both are activated, go to your WordPress dashboard menu and navigate to Contact > Contact Forms.

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Contact forms button

Either click on the Add New button to make a new form or select the default form already created by the plugin.

form 1

Creating your first form

In Contact Form 7, all forms are created with a simple template using bits of coded tags. For each field, the label tag is the text shown above each field on the form.

The form tag – or the bit of text between the [ ] brackets – generates the actual form field where the user types in the information.

The premade form from Contact Form 7 includes a field for Name, Email, Subject, and Message. This makes sense for a regular contact form, but there’s no reason to have a Subject and Message field on a registration form.

Remove those.

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Removing needed labels

The buttons above your form creator are there for incorporating additional field tags.

For instance, you may want to also collect telephone numbers from your new users. In order to do so, select the “tel” tag and place it into your form. Other tags include the URL option for websites and checkboxes or radio buttons to ask specific questions.

tel field

The tel tag

The plugin adds the field, but you have to place the Label tags in there manually. You can simply copy these from one of the other fields and change the label to something like “Your phone number.”

Make sure you close the label with </label>.

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Closing the tag

Save the form.

You’ll notice a shortcode assigned to each of the forms you create in Contact Form 7. This is to place the form anywhere you want on your site, from sidebars to regular pages.

the shortcode

Contact Form 7 shortcode

Feel free to copy that shortcode if you plan on using a shortcode to display your form.

There’s also another option to use a block through the Gutenberg editor.

Now it’s time to add your form to a page. Click on the Pages tab in WordPress, then either add a new page or go to one that you already created.

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Adding a new page

For this tutorial, we’re calling this page “User Registration.” It serves as the primary location visitors come to for signing up and registering on the test site.

In the visual editor, click on an Add Block button.

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Adding a block in the Block Editor

Locate the Contact Form 7 block and select that.

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Contact Form 7 block

This provides a dropdown menu with all of the contact forms you’ve generated in the Contact Form 7 plugin.

We only have one right now, so let’s choose that.

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Choosing the right form

An alternative to using the Gutenberg Editor blocks is inserting the form’s shortcode into the page. You can either do this in the traditional WordPress editor or with the Gutenberg Shortcode block. Both accomplish the same goal.

Publish this page to ensure it’s available on the frontend of your website.

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Adding a shortcode for your WordPress Registration Form

Next up is activating the user registration features for Contact Form 7. That’s where the Frontend Registration plugin comes into play.

As of right now, the form is still a standard contact form, where the user would click the Submit button and an email sends out to the admin of the site.

We’d rather have the submission register a new user in the WordPress database.

Therefore, navigate back to the contact form editor. After installing the Frontend Registration plugin you should now see a tab called Registration Settings. Click on that.

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Registration settings tab

Toggle the switch for all three items under the Registration Settings.

The first one enables registrations on the form, making it the most important of the three.

The second setting skips sending out any emails for that form. Therefore, you don’t receive a contact form message as you would before.

The last one isn’t required but it’s nice to make for a smooth registration process. It logs in the user so they don’t have to go through the steps twice.

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Registration settings for WordPress Registration Form

Below that, choose the field names that register into WordPress user elements.

For instance, a WordPress user must have a user name and email for their account to work. You can set the “your-name” form field to be made as their username and the “your-email” field to be used as their email address.

The last step is to choose a default user role, like Subscriber. We typically recommend the Subscriber user role for most websites seeing as how any permissions above that provide intimate access to website settings.

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Frontend fields settings

Go to the frontend of that page and test it out and click the Submit button.

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Testing your registration form

It appears to be working. The only problem is that the success message makes it sound like the user just submitted a contact form.

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Success message

We need to change that. To do so, go back to the form editor in the WordPress dashboard.

Click the Messages tab and find the Sender’s Message Was Sent Successfully field. All you need to do is modify this message.

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Tweaking messages in Contact Form 7

An example is to say thank you for joining or registering with the site.

change sender message

Changing the sender’s message

Finally, we should check to see if that user was in fact registered into the WordPress user database.

If you’re logged into the website as the test user, you’ll see an error message like this when trying to check on the user list. That’s because Subscriber user roles can’t check or manage users on your site.

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Warning for WordPress Registration Form

When getting logged back into the admin account, it’s clear that the new user information is stored in the Users database list!

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The new registered user

Making a WordPress Registration Form with Gravity Forms

Gravity Forms is a well-known, reputable form builder that generates many unique types of forms and links to its own plugins for advanced capabilities.

Gravity Forms is a premium solution, but you can test out the entire interface and build your own forms with the free demo. Gravity Forms starts at $59, but the User Registration add-on is only included in the Elite plan, which is $259.

Yes, it’s a bit pricey, but Gravity Forms is one of the best options to consider when trying to customize your user registration area and incorporate other elements, like payments with your gateway of choice.

To begin, go to the Gravity Forms website.

Once there, choose to sign up for the Elite plan in order to activate the User Registration add-on. Download the Gravity Forms plugin file, upload it to your WordPress dashboard, and activate the plugin to begin the form creation process.

By default, Gravity Forms has options to construct standard website forms. They’re absolutely beautiful, but there are a few settings to adjust if you’d like to achieve a user registration form where each submission gets placed into your WordPress user database.

Once active, the Gravity Forms plugin reveals a Forms tab in the WordPress dashboard.

Go to Forms > Add-ons.

Locate the User Registration Add-on and click on the Activate button.

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User Registration add-on

Once a Gravity Forms add-on is activated, it shows up in your list of plugins, just like Gravity Forms itself.

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List of plugins

Moving forward, click on Forms > Settings.

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Gravity Forms settings tab

Locate the User Registration tab in the Settings. Here, you’ll want to enable the custom registration page option.

Check the box to ensure that all registrations through your form are added as regular WordPress users.

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Enabling custom registration page

You’ll also need to select a page to serve as your registration page. The default WordPress registration page redirects to the custom page if this is enabled. If you already have one, feel free to select the page from the dropdown menu.

If not, we’ll walk through making the registration page below.

Always make sure you click the Update Settings button whenever finished changing settings in Gravity Forms.

user registration example

User registration example

Go to Forms > Forms or Forms > New Form. The Forms page reveals a list of all forms you’ve created in the past with Gravity Forms. It could be blank if you haven’t made anything yet.

If you haven’t made a form yet, opt for the New Form button.

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Creating a new WordPress registration form using Gravity Forms

Make a Form Title and a Form Description. Click Create Form.

form title

Adding title and description to your form

Gravity Forms provides a visual, drag-and-drop editor with a module on the right side for including field elements.

Since we’re currently looking at a blank user registration form, we’ll begin by dragging the Name module into the form itself. This is done by clicking on and moving the module to the left.

WordPress Registration Form builder

Form builder

Once any module is dropped into your form you should see it rendered in the preview.

For instance, we now see the Name fields, with First and Last name fields shown by default.

the modules

Fields

For a user registration form, it makes sense to also include the Username, Password, and Email fields.

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Adding advanced fields to a custom registration form

Once placed into the form, the Email field shows the option for users to type in their email addresses.

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Adding name and email

The Username field is for making a brand new username for the site, while the Password module asks for the user to type in their new password twice.

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Adding username and password fields

It’s possible that your registration form requires other elements, like maybe a field for phone numbers or website URLs.

For this tutorial, we added a Section module to incorporate a section break and indicate that everything below that line is optional.

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Inserting a section break

We then added the Website and Phone modules under that Optional section.

Like mentioned before, these types of fields are optional for your own user registration forms. There are plenty of other fields to insert if you’d like.

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Adding more optional fields

As you place the Gravity Forms drag-and-drop modules into the form, you can click on each module’s dropdown button to expand the settings and edit options for the field.

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Editing the setting of each field

For example, the settings under the Website field ask for the Field Label and whether or not you’d like to make this field required.

Seeing as how we already labeled the Website field optional in the section headline, we’ll leave this unchecked so that users don’t have to type in a website in order to register for the site.

In general, the vast majority of the fields should not be required for a registration form.

required

Required vs non-required field settings

Fields for the username, email, and password are necessary to generate a WordPress user and log it in to the database. Therefore, it’s better to mark those as required.

Feel free to adjust the settings for each of the field modules you add to the registration form. It’s usually best to rename the Field Name and decide whether you’d like to make the field required.

You also have the option to adjust the field appearance and make advanced edits in the other settings tabs.

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Making the field required

Once you design the registration form the way you want, move to the Settings tab.

These are the overall settings for the entire form, not just for the individual fields.

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Editing the settings of your custom registration form

Under Settings, go to the User Registration tab.

Click on the Add New button.

For this step, you’re making a user registration feed that automatically creates a user for each submission and transfers the field submissions into the default fields in the WordPress user database.

add new

Adding a new user registration feed

Name the user registration feed for your own internal reference.

You have two options for making a feed, either to Create User or Update User.

The Update User feed option is more useful if you offer a page for users to update their current profile information. You can absolutely include this on your registration/login page, but for now, we’re more interested in creating a new user.

Click on the Create User option.

create user

Creating the user

The User Registration feed automatically generates most of the user settings for taking a field submission from the form and transferring it into the fields for a new user in the WordPress user database.

However, you may have to modify a few of them.

For instance, we want to ensure that the text typed into the Username form field is used as the new user’s actual username.

You could also make this the Email field if you’d rather just have your users log in with their email addresses.

The First Name and Last Name fields and user settings look good. So do the Email Address and Password settings. Go ahead and choose a Nickname reference and a Display Name if you’d like.

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Customizing user settings

One of the most important parts of this step is selecting a default user role when the user profile is created.

You probably don’t want every user being made into an Admin or Author (that would give random people too much control over your site,) so your best bet is to go with the Subscriber role.

subscriber

Choosing user roles

Scroll down to complete the rest of the user feed settings. If you have any optional, or additional, fields think about whether or not the default WordPress user profiles have any fields for this as well.

The WordPress user database has optional fields for websites. Therefore, we’ll link our form’s Website field to that of the WordPress user database.

The Additional Options section asks if you want to send out notification emails upon registration. That’s best practice to notify your users that they’ve successfully created an account.

The User Activation checkbox only generates a user when that person clicks through a verification link sent to their email address. That setting usually just slows down the registration process but it could help with cutting down on spam.

The Registration Condition is another setting that you must decide to use or not. The feature only allows a registration if it meets a custom condition, such as email addresses with the @ symbol in the address. Again, we like this for cutting down on spam and potentially stopping poorly filled out forms, but it’s not entirely necessary for your registration form to function properly.

Once your form settings are completed, click the Update Settings button.

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Additional options in Gravity Forms

That covers most of the form creation process for making a custom registration WordPress form with Gravity Forms. You’ll now want to feature the form on a page to replace the default login page from WordPress.

There are two methods for adding the user registration form on a page.

One involves utilizing a shortcode, while the other takes advantage of the Gutenberg blocks system.

If you plan on using a shortcode, take a look at the user registration form you just created. An ID number gets assigned to each form in Gravity Forms.

Write down or remember this ID.

id

Your form’s ID number

Go to Pages > Add New in your WordPress dashboard. Or, if you’ve already made a designated page for the form, navigate to that page.

For this tutorial, we’ll name it the User Registration page.

To utilize the shortcode option, paste the following shortcode anywhere on that page:

[gravityform id="#" title="true" description="true]

Replace the # sign with the ID number from your registration form.

After the shortcode is added, and the page is saved, you can go to the frontend of your published page to see the form in action.

Another option to consider is the WordPress Gutenberg block system. If you’re using Gutenberg, click on the Add Block button in your page editor.

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Adding a block to Gutenberg editor

Either search for the Gravity Forms block or scroll through the list to find it.

Select the Gravity Forms block. It’s labeled “Form” with the Gravity Forms logo as the icon.

Gravity Form block

Gravity Form block

Once the block is enabled, click the dropdown menu to choose a form.

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Picking your custom form

You may have a long list of forms or you may only have one or two. Find the one that you previously made for the user registration form.

In this case, we called the form User Registration Form 1.

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Choose the right form to be used

Selecting a form from the dropdown menu immediately renders a visual view of the form on your page editor.

As you can see, the User Registration Form we built before is shown in the WordPress page’s backend. If you see anything wrong with the form, go back to the Forms section to edit the fields in there.

view frontend of WordPress Registration Form

Frontend view of your custom registration form

Finally, go to the frontend of your website to view that specific page. The registration form is shown with all the appropriate fields. Not only that, but we’ve already set that form as the redirect from the default WordPress login page – and every form submission becomes a new WordPress user.

At this point, check the form for accuracy and that your labels are spelled correctly. Furthermore, fill out the form as a test user to see if it’s working and how the process goes.

After submitting the form, go to the Users section in your WordPress dashboard to check if that user has been correctly added to the user database.

You can also complete the testing for other reasons, like seeing if your optional confirmation messages are going out or if the form stops someone from registering if they don’t meet one of your conditions.

As one last reminder, be sure to go to Forms > Settings to ensure that you have the right page configured to function as your custom registration area.

In short, all you have to do is enable the custom registration form by checking the box and selecting the right registration page from the dropdown. For this example, the User Registration page is the right one.

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Selecting the correct registration page

Click on the Update Settings button to finish the process.

How to Install a WordPress Registration Form With a Payment Plugin

Gravity Forms has a multitude of potential add-ons to create incredibly unique forms. One of the reasons you may consider Gravity Forms is because of the payment add-ons.

Overall, a payment add-on turns your form into a payment processor, only allowing people to create user accounts if they pay a subscription or a one-time fee.

This comes in handy for membership sites and those with exclusive content where you won’t reveal the content, community, or entire website unless the user makes that payment right from the form.

If there’s any reason your registration requires a payment module, Gravity Forms provides several payment processing add-ons. You simply have to choose the one that’s most convenient and affordable for your brand.

It’s also worth mentioning that add-ons for PayPal, Stripe, and Square come with the $159 Pro plan from Gravity Forms. More advanced payment gateways like 2Checkout and Authorize.net are provided in the $259 Elite Gravity Forms plan. The User Registration add-on (covered earlier in the article) requires the Elite theme, so you technically should already have access to every add-on if you’ve decided to use Gravity Forms for your user registration module.

To get started, go to your WordPress dashboard and click on Forms > Add-ons.

This reveals a long list of add-ons to choose from, some of which include Square, PayPal, and Stripe.

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Payment add-ons in Gravity Forms

Although you can select any of the payment gateways, we’re sticking with PayPal Payments Standard for this tutorial.

Go to the add-on and click on the Activate button.

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The PayPal add-on

Once an add-on is in fact activated, it shows up in your Plugins section of WordPress.

All Gravity Forms add-ons are really just extra WordPress plugins that interact with the Gravity Forms plugin. Therefore, take a look at the Plugins section to make sure that the PayPal Standard – or your payment add-on of choice – is activated.

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Checking whether add-ons are correctly installed

To configure your payment add-on, go to Forms > Settings.

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Form settings

Choose the PayPal tab (or your other payment add-on). Each payment add-on has its own verification and connection process. You can typically walk through the unique steps provided on the dashboard.

For PayPal, it asks for you to confirm that you’ve configured the PayPal IPN settings. Check that box and click Update Settings.

You should also copy the provided Notification URL on this page.

PayPal IPN for WordPress Registration Form

PayPal IPN for WordPress Registration Form

Gravity Forms sends you to the PayPal configuration page. Again, this will look different if you’re using an add-on for Stripe or Square or any other payment gateway.

For PayPal, click on the Choose IPN Settings button.

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Instant Payment Notification settings

Here’s where you paste in the Notification URL from before.

It essentially activates the right steps and notifications to occur after someone tries to register on your form and pay through PayPal.

Click the Save button.

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Adding your notification URL

Just like the registration form configured earlier, a feed must be created for the payment add-on.

To do so, go to Forms > Forms in the WordPress menu.

Find that registration form from before. You need to not only connect the payment add-on to that particular form but also generate a feed for the payment add-on to function properly and associate each payment with a specific user.

Once you’re back to your registration form editor, click on the Settings button.

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The settings tab of your custom form

Locate the payment add-on tab, in this case, the PayPal tab.

PayPal tab

PayPal feeds

Click the Add New button to generate a new PayPal feed for this form.

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Adding a new PayPal feed

The Feed Settings for PayPal, and most payment gateway integrations, are quick and straightforward. Start by naming the feed and adding your PayPal email address. Choose the Test or Production Mode.

Test Mode is for running the payment processor during the testing phases of your site development. If you’d like to begin collecting real payments, go with the Production Mode.

Finally, you’ll need to select a Transaction Type.

In general, the Subscription Transaction Type often makes the most sense for an online magazine or community, but you can also choose a Product Type or something different.

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Tweaking your feed settings

Save your PayPal feed and go back to the form builder.

It’s essential to insert a field on the registration form that indicates to the system and the user that payment must be made.

We recommend the Product module, but you do have some other options for setting prices or tabulating totals.

Drag the Product field into your form builder.

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Product field

For this tutorial, we’re setting a subscription price. We’ll also show you how to configure multiple plans and a one-time payment for that subscription.

Change the Field Label to reflect what this field is all about.

Also, set the price for your subscription in the Price field.

We typically recommend going with the Single Product Field Type and sticking to a set price. However, many other organizations may have other plans.

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Field labels

We also recommend checking off the Required box under the Rules header. This way, someone can’t come to your site and make a user profile without paying for the content.

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Making a field required

Another field to consider is the Option module.

This opens up the opportunity to set subscription levels where you may have three or four plans based on the number of features or content delivered.

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Adding subscription levels to your form

For those using the Option field, set it to Subscription Price for the Product Field Mapping.

Go with whatever Field Type you want and set the Choices with their labels and pricing.

As an example, you may have three subscription levels, all of which increase in pricing as the levels go up.

Be sure to check off the Required box under rules, as this is also a payment field where you don’t want people making accounts without paying.

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Making subscription levels required

The type of payment module you decide on also affects the Feed Settings we configured before.

If you’d like to activate a subscription-based registration process, your PayPal Feed settings should also have the Subscription Transaction Type. As an alternative, you’re more than welcome to set the Transaction Type as a one-time product or service or even a donation.

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Choosing the transaction type

Also under the PayPal Feed settings, you’ll want to tell Gravity Forms where the Payment Amount is coming from in the form. For instance, you could have a Total Price field in the form and a Subscription Price field. Which one should PayPal use to process the transaction?

Use the Payment Amount dropdown to select the correct form field that dictates the total payment. Some people like to simply use the Form Total, but you could also go with the Subscription Price or whatever field you just implemented in the form.

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Setting the payment amount field

While still in the PayPal Feed settings, take a look at the Other Settings area.

Similar to the User Registration Feed configuration, you have to link the form fields to the correct fields for PayPal. This way, PayPal knows where to place the user’s first name, email, and other information when it gets transferred over to the PayPal interface.

Under the Other Settings area, go through every item on the Billing Information list. Some of these should be set by default, but make sure to double-check.

For instance, the First Name and Last Name fields on your form should correspond with the First Name and Last Name fields in PayPal. This may require you to insert a few more fields on your WordPress registration form. As an example, we didn’t include an Address field on our user registration form, but it would speed up the process by asking for all billing information upfront on the form.

These aren’t entirely necessary, but like mentioned before, they could speed up the registration and payment processes. All payment add-ons are different, and the PayPal connection will simply pull billing information from the user’s PayPal account or ask for those details when they get to PayPal.

Some other settings to think about include the Image URL and Cancel URL. Feel free to insert an Image URL for your logo or any image that represents the product being sold. The Cancel URL serves as a redirect that sends users to a specific page if they happen to cancel the payment prior to completing the process.

The Options area asks whether or not you’d like to prompt users to include a shipping address or note during the payment process. For many online services or communities, there’s no need to ask for a shipping address. Therefore, you may want to check that box to ensure a customer doesn’t get confused.

As for the note setting, that’s entirely optional and usually not necessary, unless you’re offering some sort of custom service or product where you want feedback or details from the user upon payment.

The Conditional Logic checkbox prompts you to add logic rules for accepting payments from customers. For instance, you could exclude users from getting through the payment process if they don’t opt for a certain payment plan or if their email address doesn’t look real.

Overall, conditional logic can assist with preventing spam and providing benefits to users who are in a certain user type or payment level.

 

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The other settings tab

The last setting to configure involves delaying the user registration. As with many of the settings covered above, this is optional. However, it’s not a bad idea to only consider processing the feed after payment has been received. This way, a user isn’t created in your WordPress database until you know for certain that the payment has been declined.

If you leave this box blank, you may find that several users are cluttering up your database even though they didn’t pay to gain access.

Click on the Update Settings button once you’ve decided on all the proper settings for your organization.

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Delaying user registration

To test out the payment configuration on your form, go to the Pages tab in WordPress.

Click back to the form you created before. In our case, that’s the User Registration form.

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Testing the user registration page

Seeing as how you’ve already generated a user registration form on this page, and linked the PayPal or payment gateway feed to the form, the payment fields should appear in the visual builder.

We have both a one-time subscription price and a field with different subscription levels to show the various options you can include in a form like this. In a real-world situation, you’d most likely choose one or the other.

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Testing the pricing field

It’s essential to test out a form with a payment option. The last thing you want is for a wave of customers to get stuck because of a misconfigured payment setting.

Fill out some test user information on the form, like a password, and maybe select a subscription level or buy an individual, one-time payment subscription.

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Click the Submit button to see the WordPress registration form and payment processing in action.

After the submission, the page redirects to PayPal, showing the total price and prompting the user to either log into their PayPal account or pay with a debit or credit card.

Remember, an alternative payment add-on like Stripe or Square or Authorize.net looks different than PayPal when it comes to processing the payment. Each one will bring the user to a new page to complete the payment, but they will all have slightly different steps.

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PayPal payment form

How to Add Users to an Email Marketing List Through a WordPress Registration Form

When a new user comes to your website, it makes sense to try to get them as a registered user. In addition to offering the user access to features or content, the registration form serves as an opportunity to instantly place that user data into your email marketing list.

The benefit of doing so revolves around automation. Yes, a WordPress registration form logs that person’s email and name in WordPress, but the process of getting that data into a respectable email marketing software requires a manual export from WordPress and an import to the email marketing tool.

There’s nothing wrong with that in theory. Imports and exports get the job done. Yet, it takes a significant amount of time out of your day to complete this task on a regular basis. Furthermore, your email marketing list doesn’t get updated in real-time. A user might provide their email and end up sitting in your user database for days, weeks, or indefinitely.

That’s why it’s essential to link an email marketing and design tool to your registration form.

Quite a few email newsletter builders are available for you to send out batch messages and categorize your email lists into different groups. The more popular ones offer integrations with many user registration plugins, allowing you to combine the two platforms into the email collection system.

You may have heard of companies like Mailchimp, Constant Contact, and Mailgun. All of these offer similar email design and segmentation features, and you can usually find a simple integration that achieves what we’re talking about.

Luckily, another category of add-ons within Gravity Forms offers direct links to email marketing platforms. As with most add-ons from Gravity Forms, the email marketing solutions require a premium plan.

Moving forward, the list of email marketing add-ons from Gravity forms is a long one.

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Mailing list add-ons for Gravity Forms

Each of them works similarly, yet all of them have their own distinct interfaces for sending emails and getting integrated with Gravity Forms.

For simplicity, we’ll use the Mailchimp add-on as an example, seeing as how it’s a rather popular and affordable email marketing app.

Ready?

Then, navigate to the Add-ons section in the Gravity Forms WordPress plugin.

Scroll down through the list of add-ons to locate the Mailchimp option. If it’s not already turned on, click the Activate button.

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Mailchimp add-on

We’re assuming a registration form has already been created (see above for steps to get that done).

Go to Forms > Forms in the WordPress menu.

Find the User Registration Form you created before in your list of published forms.

Click on the form to edit the fields.

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Go to Settings > Mailchimp. If you’re using an alternative mailing service integration, find the tab for that one.

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Mailchimp settings

The goal is to make a Mailchimp Feed that tells Gravity Forms to send submissions to Mailchimp in addition to the WordPress user database. But first, you must configure the Mailchimp Settings.

Click on the link that says Mailchimp Settings.

Configuring Mailchimp settings

Configuring Mailchimp settings

The next page requests that you paste in the Mailchimp API key. To find your API key, move onto the next step.

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Mailchimp’s API key field

Go to the Mailchimp website and either create an account or log into your already created profile.

The Mailchimp dashboard organizes campaigns, lists, and other elements in the menu. You should make an email list (also called an Audience in MailChimp) prior to setting up this integration with the API key. The reason for this is because you’ll eventually need to select an email list to send over the user registration information.

Once you have a list created, find the Profile icon at the bottom of the Mailchimp dashboard.

Click this to reveal a menu.

Select the Account tab to proceed.

Once in the Account panel, click the Extras tab. You should see a few items to choose from. Click on the API Keys option.

api key tab

API key tab

An API key is a code that offers the potential for linking multiple systems together. In Mailchimp, all you have to do is click on the Create A Key button to manufacture a key.

You can make as many keys as you want, but it’s a good practice to keep them to a minimum. The API key is shown in a list with a label and when it was created.

Copy the API key to your clipboard. Feel free to exit out of the Mailchimp dashboard.

 

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Getting your API key

Open the Mailchimp Settings again in your WordPress dashboard. Paste the key into the field that reads Mailchimp API Key.

Click on the Update Settings button to register the change.

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Adding your API key to Gravity Forms

Now it’s time to go back to the User Registration Form from before.

Go to Settings > MailChimp under the registration form menu.

This is the area that asks you to make a Mailchimp feed. Again, this is how Gravity Forms ensures that data is passed from one app to another.

Click the Add New button.

Adding a new feed for Mailchimp

Adding a new feed for Mailchimp

Name the feed something you can remember. That name is only for your own reference.

Under the Mailchimp Audience field, click the dropdown menu to choose the name of one of your Mailchimp email lists.

If you haven’t made an email audience list, you need to go back to Mailchimp to complete this process. Otherwise, there’s no database to start logging your email addresses.

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Choosing your audience list

An area for Map Fields appears, and it prompts you to link the form fields from the User Registration plugin to the forms that need filling in on Mailchimp.

This is fairly easy considering you would select Email to go along with the Email Address field, and the First and Last Name form fields for the First and Last Name Mailchimp fields.

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Map fields

Go down to the additional options.

These are entirely optional depending on how you’d like the email collection process to work.

For instance, you may want to activate a double opt-in situation, where the user must click on a confirmation email prior to getting registered into your list. This is both for security and because some areas of the world require it.

Other settings include the option to log subscribers as VIPs, set tags, and write a note. The note field could help with organizing where the email subscriptions are coming from compared to other forms you may have.

Once all of that is done., click the Update Settings button.

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Adding more options to your registration form

If you go to test the map fields (or other email marketing add-on) integration on the frontend of your site, you may notice that not much has visually changed. However, you can run a mock user test once again by filling in the user registration form and seeing if it works properly.

With this configuration, you should be able to go to map fields after the test submission and see a brand new user subscribed to your designated email list audience.

The standard fields to log include Name and Email, but you’re able to get creative and store even more than that with the help of the map fields and Gravity Forms features.

frontend WordPress Registration Form with MailChimp

Frontend WordPress Registration Form with MailChimp

How to Let Users Register to Your Website Using a Social Profile

The social profile login has become more common around the internet due to its quick login process and the fact that people don’t have to generate a completely new account for every website they want to join.

A community or membership site that needs every advantage in convincing users to sign up could definitely benefit from a social login, seeing as how it removes a few barriers to entry right from the start.

The User Registration plugin from WPEverest serves as the ideal plugin for customizing your user registration page and incorporating a social login option. The core plugin is free, but the Social Connect extension – which adds those social login buttons – requires you to sign up for a $69 per year plan.

We’ll show you how to install and use the plugin below, but keep in mind that several other similar plugins are available for you to consider.

To get started, install and activate the User Registration plugin and upgrade to the Personal plan to receive the Social Connect extension.

User Registration WordPress plugin

User Registration WordPress plugin

In your WordPress dashboard, activate the Social Connect extension as well. Both the User Registration and Social Connect items show up in the Plugins area of WordPress.

Go ahead and activate the User Registration Social Connect plugin.

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Activating the plugin and add-on

Now, go to User Registration > User Registration. The plugin has a few templates to start your registration form. If you’d rather begin from scratch, click on the Add New button.

Once you get to the form editor, utilize the User Fields area to drag-and-drop modules into your form.

The default registration form from the plugin includes the User Email, Username, and Password fields.

We’d recommend mimicking this if you’re building a form from the ground up. You can also incorporate other modules by selecting them from the User Field panel.

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Adding modules to build your registration Form

Each field has its own options for you to edit if you click on each one.

However, the most important part of activating the form for user registration is under the Form Setting tab.

Here, you adjust a wide range of settings to tell WordPress that you’d like this form to function as a new user creator. For example, you can set which user role is created and have each user either manually or automatically log in after the registration.

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Form settings

It’s time to place the user registration form on a page once all desired fields are implemented.

The User Registration plugin uses shortcodes to put forms on pages and posts. You’ll find them above your form builder.

Copy this code to your clipboard.

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Shortcode for the User Registration plugin

Go to Pages > Add New.

If you already have a registration page ready to go, navigate to that page instead.

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In the page builder section, paste that shortcode wherever you want it to show up on the page.

Make sure you save or update the page so that it renders on the frontend. As always, it’s better to test out the WordPress registration form and see if it’s working.

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Testing the registration form using social profiles

You may need to log out of your admin account to see the form as a regular user.

The whole point of this section is to show you how to insert social media login buttons. So, the next few steps cover that.

Click on User Registration > Settings.

We’re assuming that the Social Connect extension is already activated on your WordPress dashboard.

Therefore, you should find a Social Connect tab in the Settings panel. Click on that.

The Social Connect settings require you to check some boxes and enable the API settings for each social network you want to allow people to log in and register with.

If you want to have a Facebook button, check that box. The same goes for Twitter.

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Enabling social logins

Same thing for Google and LinkedIn.

Here comes the slightly confusing part.

Each social login button functions by linking to the social network’s API. The only way to connect to the API is by making an app and using elements like social App IDs, Keys, and Secrets.

It doesn’t matter if you have no idea what these mean. For each desired social button, scroll over the question mark next to each settings field. For this tutorial, we’ll only locate the Facebook App ID and Secret.

The question mark shows a popup with a link to Facebook. Click on it.

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Getting the app id from Facebook

This redirects you to the Facebook Apps page, where you’re able to create an App for running your WordPress registration form with social media connections.

Click the Create App button.

Go through the steps of making an app on Facebook, including naming the app and setting any app domains you may need.

Once the app is configured, go to the Settings > Basic page.

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Editing the basic settings of your Facebook app

Here you can find the App ID and App Secret.

Click the Show button to reveal and copy that App Secret. You’ll also want to copy the App ID at some point.

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App ID and App secret

Go back to those API Settings in the WordPress dashboard.

Paste the App ID in the appropriate field. Also, paste the App Secret in the corresponding field.

Save the settings to continue.

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Updating your API settings

There are a few remaining steps to not only activate the social media buttons but to customize how they look on the form.

Click the Advanced Settings tab, next to the API Settings tab you were just in.

The Advanced Settings contain a wide range of options to check off.

First of all, make sure you indicate that you’d like to enable the social registration.

Next, tell the plugin that you want to display social buttons for registration.

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Advanced settings

Click on the following Default User Role field to select a primary user role that gets created whenever someone registers for your site with a social profile. Subscriber is the standard for this situation.

Moving on, click on the next dropdown field to choose the form in which you’re using for your user registration. We created that from before, so make sure you locate the right one. In this tutorial, it’s named Registration Form, but you might have called yours something different.

Finally, move onto the other settings to adjust the physical appearance of the buttons. One of those settings is for showing the buttons near the top or bottom of the form.

The Social Login Templates provide a quick way for stylizing your buttons without any code or visual adjustments.

Pick one of the four styles.

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Social login templates

The Social Text settings indicate the wording that’s shown on the social buttons. You can typically stick with the default text, but feel free to change it if you want.

Finally, click the Save Changes button.

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Saving all changes

You can preview the WordPress registration form from your form builder or go directly to the registration page you made earlier. Either way, this allows you to view the form with its social media buttons.

To remove a social login option, or to change the settings, simply go back to the settings we just went through.

We highly recommend testing each of the social login buttons you offer on your registration form, seeing as how every social network has its own API connection and you at least want to make sure the apps and app keys work for all users.

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Social login buttons preview

How to Create a WordPress Registration Form With Rich Membership Profiles

Modifying the default WordPress user registration can be done with most of the plugins we cover in this article. Yet, what if your website is an actual community? Let’s say your site operates as a social network, dating site, or internal client hub.

You need feature-rich profiles for those users to customize their information, potentially upload photos, and even communicate with other users.

The average user registration plugins have profiles, but nothing too powerful.

That’s why we want to show you how to activate a membership-style user registration where the user receives a beautiful profile that they control.

To begin the process, install and activate the Ultimate Member plugin. This plugin provides custom user registration and login forms for free. Not to mention, you can add powerful user profiles to make for a quality membership or profile area. Quite a few similar plugins are available with this functionality as well, but we’ll focus on the Ultimate Member plugin for this tutorial.

Ultimate Member WordPress plugin

Ultimate Member WordPress plugin

The goal is to achieve a more useful customer area, with an in-depth profile experience for users, incorporating buttons for things like reviews, comments, groups, and much more.

The great part about the Ultimate Member plugin is that the vast majority of settings are already configured upon activating the plugin. It also creates pages for your profiles, registration pages, and more.

The plugin’s settings are consolidated under the Ultimate Member tab in the WordPress dashboard.

Click on the Create Pages button to continue.

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Creating pages in Ultimate Member

This activates the right pages and brings you to the Settings module of the Ultimate Member plugin.

You can change the pages that function as the corresponding registration and profile pages, but that’s only if you want to customize your own.

As of right now, the premade pages generated by the plugin will do. Therefore, you can typically leave all fields under the General > Pages tab untouched.

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General settings for Ultimate Member plugin

The next step is to customize the look of the profile pages and registration modules. As mentioned, the registration page is already configured for you, so there’s not much to complete in that area.

Every person that goes to the Registration page and makes an account will have a WordPress user profile.

In the Appearance tab, adjust the elements you find important. For instance, you may want to choose a different template for the form or decrease its width. There are also fields for adjusting the sizes and icons for buttons and text elements.

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The appearance tab

Scrolling down in the settings areas, the plugin asks if you’d like to have a default profile and cover photo in each profile.

You can also adjust items like the default cover size and whether or not you even want to have a cover photo.

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More settings for Ultimate Member plugin

While still in the Appearance section, click the Profile Menu link. This area shows the primary components that make up the user profile. Although you have the freedom to leave everything as is, there are some settings you may want to modify.

Consider keeping things like the About tab and the entire profile menu. We recommend having the Posts tab if your members contribute to your blog or function as your content creators.

The Comments tab is rather important for blogs and communities, considering the readers and members probably want the ability to go back and check on their comments.

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Profile menu

After all profile settings are configured, click the Save Changes button.

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Saving your changes

A few other settings panels provide options for the registration form, login form, and more. Make sure you adjust the emails that go out for new registrations and change many parts of your WordPress registration form, including the width and alignment.

Although we won’t cover all of these settings, it’s nice to know where they’re located to ensure all forms look suitable for your brand.

registration form and login settings - WordPress Registration Form

Registration form and login settings

A registration form is required in order to give your users a place to make their usernames and get to their profiles.

To create one, go to Ultimate Member > Forms.

Again, the Ultimate Member plugin provides several premade forms so that most of the work is done for you.

A Default Registration form is ready to go, as the Default Profile form is, or the hub where people customize their user profiles.

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Default forms

What’s more, is that the plugin automatically creates pages for you as well.

Go to Pages > All Pages to see options like the Account and Login pages. The Register page is where a user registers and logs into their account, while the Account page holds the Default Profile form, where they manage their profile.

All of the appropriate shortcodes for the right forms are already inserted into the correlating pages.

You can test them out by viewing the published page versions. For instance, click on the Register page to see it in action.

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Testing the “register” page

On the frontend, a visitor can type in their username and email and create a password.

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Testing a user demo account

You may want to look at the User page as well.

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The user page

The User page is the profile module we’ve been talking about. It’s a hub for users to manage everything from profile photos to potential groups and friends. The default features include a cover photo, profile photo, and a biography.

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Profile page on the frontend

It only takes a few clicks to incorporate those elements into the profile page.

Each profile page provides additional buttons for editing the profile and checking out the user account.

Other tabs include a Comments button and a Posts button.

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More options for the profile page

What about adding more advanced profile tabs for things like private messages and friends?

The Ultimate Member plugin has a fairly clean and powerful user profile feature already, but it allows you to expand upon those features with extensions. Most of the profile-oriented extensions require you to pay a fee.

To see the extensions and add them to your site, go to Ultimate Member > Extensions.

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Extensions for Ultimate Member

There’s a long list of potential profile features to include as tabs in your user profiles.

The Friends extension lets your users interact with other users and add them as friends.

The Notices add-on pings your users when a message comes through. You can also incorporate powerful profile management tools for private messaging, followers, and groups, just to name a few. Each one is added by making a payment and clicking on the Get This Add-on button.

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Ultimate Member’s list of extensions

It all depends on what type of profile features you’d like to provide. A membership website typically requires a place to make groups. A social network needs friend groups and messaging. An online course website might need reviews and notes and messages. There’s even a place to configure a job list if you want to provide an employment board for your users.

The example below is a taste of what’s possible with the Ultimate Member plugin, especially when you begin tapping into the advanced extensions.

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Example of a complete user profile and login page in Ultimate Member

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Summary

Overall, the WordPress user registration module provides the potential every website needs for creating users and receiving data from those users. The average blog or small online community may only need the default WordPress registration form.

If that’s the case, leave the login and registration form the way it is and maybe change the URL for better security. You can even add your own logo to make it look like your brand actually runs that page.

Plugins open up opportunities for customizing every aspect of your user registration form, especially when it comes to adding unique fields and redesigning the way your form looks.

It’s possible to add extra, advanced features to your user registration forms. Some of the options we covered in this article include forms that place new users into email marketing lists. You may also consider collecting payments for exclusive content or if you run a membership site.

It’s also not a bad idea to consider offering a social login form to speed up the registration process for users. Finally, an advanced user profile is a great way to expand upon your current user registration form so that the customer gets a chance to manage every aspect of their user profile.

If you have any questions about managing or customizing your WordPress registration form, or you’d like to suggest other plugins or techniques for customizing registration forms, let us know in the comments section below.


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