How to Create a Frontend WordPress User Profile Page
Do you want to create a frontend user profile page for your WordPress site?
In a WordPress website that incorporates user registration and login functionality, providing users with a dedicated frontend user profile page can significantly enhance their experience. By allowing users to view and edit their profile information, upload profile pictures, and manage their account settings directly from the frontend, you create a more engaging and interactive environment for your website visitors.
In this article, we will guide you through creating a frontend WordPress user profile page. Whether you run a membership site, an online community, or an e-commerce platform, a front-end user profile page can be a valuable addition to your website.
Creating a Frontend WordPress User Profile Page
When you install ProfilePress for the first time, you are prompted to create pages for the smooth operation of the plugin. A custom user profile page is created for you during that process. However, if you dismissed that prompt or want to create a custom, frontend WordPress user profile page, you should follow these instructions.
The page you are creating will contain a user profile shortcode. This page will display users’ information on the frontend of the website.
Before we go into the tutorial proper, it is worth noting how the front-end user profile works.
The URL to a user profile with a username
demo is accessible via
https://yoursite.com/profile/demo. You can change the “profile” in the URL at Settings >> Frontend Profile >> Profile Slug.
If users are logged in to the site, accessing
https://your site.com/my-profile/ will reveal their profile, assuming the page with the user profile shortcode has a “my-profile” slug.
Building the Frontend User Profile
Follow the guide below to learn how to create a frontend user profile.
- Hover on ProfilePress and click on Forms & Profiles
- Click Add New and select “User Profile” as the form type.
- Enter a name.
- Select your preferred template.
- Design the profile.
You can preview how it will look by clicking on the “Live Preview” button.
In the settings, depending on the template you choose, you can change texts, headlines, colors, and more. You can also display social media links and profile menu tabs.
After saving the profile, copy the generated shortcode.
Creating the User Profile Page
- Navigate to “Pages -> add new” in your WordPress dashboard.
- Create a new page and give it a title.
- Add the shortcode you copied earlier to the page content.
- Save the page
NB: If you are using Gutenberg Block Editor, add the Shortcode block and then paste the shortcode in the field.
After creating the page, you need to set the page as the default profile page in the Frontend Profile settings section of ProfilePress.
- Hover on ProfilePress and click on Settings
- Select the Frontend Profile Settings tab
- Under the “Page with Profile Shortcode,” select the page you created above.
- Click on Save Changes.
Creating a frontend WordPress user profile page is a powerful way to enhance the user experience on your website. By following the instructions in this article, you can confidently implement a front-end user profile page that aligns with your website’s goals and meets the needs of your users.