UserPro Review – Detailed User Profiles and Improved Registration
Want to turn your WordPress user profiles from boring to awesome? All while enhancing your registration and login processes? UserPro provides a complete revamp of your WordPress site’s profile structure to accomplish just that.
You can display beautiful profile pages, add profile fields, and create new front-end registration and login forms. That’s not all, though. You can also add social networking, gamification, and more to your WordPress site.
If you’re interested in improving how your WordPress site handles users and their profiles, keep reading to learn all about the UserPro plugin from DeluxeThemes.
UserPro Feature List
Here’s a list of all the community-building features you get with UserPro:
- Integrates with BuddyPress and WooCommerce
- Custom front-end registration forms.
- Ajax front-end login with social logins
- Custom profile pages – add new profile fields.
- Profile/author cards
- Easily display lists of members
- Restrict content to members/user roles
- Front-end post publishing
- Display currently active (online) members
UserPro can handle essentially all aspects of user management – from signing up users, logging them in, displaying unique profile pages, and allowing users to connect with each other.
Next, I’ll take you through some of the highlights of the plugin in more depth.
Customizable Front-End Profiles
One of UserPro’s main draws is that it allows you to create engaging, detailed front-end user profiles. So instead of some generic author page, your profiles can look something like this:
Users can edit their profiles from the front-end – no need to force them to go digging around wp-admin:
Adding New Profile Fields
By default, WordPress doesn’t require much data when users sign up. UserPro changes that. With UserPro, you can include up to 30 different fields for profiles. You can choose whether or not these different fields are required and when users should be able to edit/set them.
For example, you can show a limited number of fields on the registration form so as to not lower your conversion rate, but then you can give users access to more fields on their Edit Profile page. Adding a new field is as simple as dragging it over from the right:
See all those icons next to each field?
Toggling them on or off allows you to go deep into how that field functions. Here’s what each icon means:
You can allow HTML in fields, make fields hideable, and lots more.
Overall, this section gives you lots of control over what data you collect from users and when you collect it.
Managing Registration Forms
Once you’ve configured which profile fields you want, your next step will probably be to allow your users to register and use those fields.
To help, UserPro lets you set up as many different registration forms as you want. For each form, you can configure exactly which fields are available during registration:
Having multiple registration forms is especially helpful if your site has different types of members. For example, say you have an online marketplace which includes both sellers and buyers. It’s much better to have a separate registration form for each type of user as the data you need to collect for each user is different.
You can always edit your forms at a later date and they’re easy to insert anywhere on your site with a shortcode:
And once you add a registration form, users can register entirely from the front-end:
Social Integration and Badges/Achievements
UserPro isn’t just a registration plugin – it also helps you create active communities by adding social functionality to users’ profiles.
For example, you can allow users to subscribe to other users. Then, you can choose to showcase “Activity Streams” to allow users to stay up-to-date.
This also allows users to get email notifications whenever an account they follow publishes a new post. It’s a good way to bring users back to your site and get them engaged:
Another way to get users more engaged in your site is social badges and achievements. These can add some gamification to your site and push your users to be more active.
For example, you could give users badges for hitting specific numbers of comments or posts. You can also give lifetime badges like “has been a member for one year”.
Adding them is super easy and you can customize pretty much everything about each badge:
Both of these features will help you with community building/engagement. And put together, they help you create a rudimentary social network for your site.
Member Directory/Profile Displays
Another way to get your users engaged is to help them find interesting profiles to follow. UserPro can help you do this in a few ways:
First, you can showcase a searchable member directory:
You can filter this directory by custom fields or user roles to decide which pool of profiles to pull from. If we go back to the seller/buyer example, this would allow you to only showcase sellers. And you could go even further and divide sellers into different categories.
Second, you can showcase your latest members, as well as your currently active members:
Again, a nice way to showcase your users’ profiles and drive engagement.
The last major feature I want to discuss is content restriction. UserPro lets you restrict content to members, verified accounts, or specific user roles. While this feature is not detailed enough to create a full membership site or something, it is nice for smaller things.
For example, you could restrict certain information to seller accounts. Or you could restrict content to verified authors only.
You can also choose to restrict your entire website for guests. If enabled, all users will need to sign up/log in before they can view any content.
Other Notable Features
Finally, I want to round out this review with some minor features that I think are still worth mentioning.
You can set up redirects for when users sign up/ log in. You can set these redirects based on specific criteria. For example, you can redirect all users who choose a specific country during registration to a unique page. Definitely some cool uses for this one.
UserPro lets your users publish posts completely from the front-end. No need to force regular users to use the internal WordPress interface.
UserPro integrates with MailChimp, AWeber, and Campaign Monitor to help you send out newsletters to your members.
UserPro Pricing and Documentation
UserPro costs $29 at Code Canyon, which I think is more than fair for all of the features you get.
They also have a very detailed knowledge base if you need any help with the plugin.
Overall, UserPro is a great way to enhance the functionality of WordPress profiles/members. You can overhaul your registration and login process, add beautiful and detailed profiles, and incorporate social network aspects and gamification into your site. All for just $29.
If you’re running any kind of open registration WordPress site, I think UserPro is a great way to make your site feel more like its own website, rather than “just another WordPress website”.
You can purchase UserPro by going to Code Canyon.