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Custom Fields in WordPress User Profiles

Adding Custom Fields in WordPress User Profiles – Tip for Multi-Authors Blogs

Being running a Multi-Authors blog, I try to find ways and develop ideas to serve our blog authors. In this post I am going to talk about adding custom fields to user profiles in WordPress, this is a very simple to use code, and it can be very useful for Multi-Authors blogs that accepts guest posts.

The main reason that you should use this technique is to store the guest author’s data so you can easily display it wherever you want, for example: The Author Box that has information about the post authors below each post.

However, many other WordPress developers talked about this before, they even show different techniques. But, I need to publish this info on the blog for two main reasons; my first reason is to show you how we do it here at FamousBloggers.net, and the second reason is I will writing more about running and developing Multi-Authors blogs in the future, so I will be linking to this post as a reference.

Adding Custom Fields in WordPress User Profiles

These are the fileds I’ve added to the user profile by using the user_contactmethods filter, you can change it to whatever fits your needs:

Add this code to your theme’s function.php file, or custom_functions.php file if you are using Thesis Theme.

As you can see, it’s pretty simple to insert new custom fields into the WordPress user profile. Now, if you check your WordPress profile, it should look like this:

WordPress user profile

Note: If you are wondering how to remove the website field from the user profile, then just don’t! I am not able to find a working way to do it, if you know how that can be done without touching the WP core files, then I appreciate if you drop me a line!

Why adding the Blog Title Custom Field

You will notice that I’ve added a few custom fields to store social profiles, and a new filed for “Blog Title“, this is where the author should put the title of the best keyword for her/his blog, so instead of the traditional way of crediting the author’s link “author blog” or “visit blog” which is very static. In my case, I was able to present a better SEO experience for authors being linking to their blogs this way “visit <Blog Title>“.

Display the Fields Values

Now that you’ve added the new fileds, the next step is to display them on the blog, here is an example on how to display a field inside the loop (In this example I am adding a link to the author’s blog using the blog title as the keyword and title for the link):


If you are using Thesis Theme, then you probably should go and check:

If you want more tips, tricks and good advice on how to run and customize your multi-authors blog, then keep an eye open on the blog, or subscribe to our blog feed.

I create websites with WordPress, and I develop Thesis Skins. I am a social network lover. I am also the night creature who works hard to keep this project up. Owner and founder of the Famous Blog.

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  • irfanali December 26, 2012, 11:33 am

    Hi Francis,

    As far as differentiating, do you mean when you post a guest post on your blog?

    I created a new user account on my blog with the name “Guest Author.” Then whenever I publish a guest post, I change the author (in the blog editor) to “Guest Author” so that everyone can see that it was written by a guest and not me.

  • simon August 25, 2012, 3:58 am

    Remove fields:


    function extra_contact_info($contactmethods) {
    unset($contactmethods['aim']);
    return $contactmethods;
    }
    add_filter('user_contactmethods', 'extra_contact_info');

  • Craig August 15, 2012, 3:56 pm

    Is there a way to do this with an image upload field?

    • Hesham Zebida August 15, 2012, 5:13 pm

      I am sure there is a way, but I haven’t tried it. I prefer using gravarat.com’s image as it’s the most popular way to get author’s photo.

      However, maybe take a look to this resource at wordpress.stackexchange.com, it may give you some ideas!

  • Raaj Trambadia June 27, 2012, 1:49 pm

    Hey Hesham. Thanks for the code. I’d like to edit it a bit for THESIS USERS because I was having some problem putting it in my Thesis Author Box. Here’s what I changed –

    Adding —- —- after <?php (at the end). Before doing this, my custom_functions.php was messed up.

    Thought I'd share some coding knowledge :) Hope it helped. Thanks again!

  • James April 2, 2012, 6:46 pm

    I had a question would you know how I could email data collected in the custom profile fields? I am looking for customers to have the ability to provide information to us using the custom fields created in their profile. I was hoping to find a way to trigger an email each time new data was saved? There is currently not a plugin that you can get and store data that is unique to the user for this purpose.

  • Mike January 14, 2012, 1:59 pm

    First off I want to say thank you for this. I know enough html/php to get by but not the advanced stuff.

    I’m trying to add links to authors profiles like you show, however, when I try the if statement it doesn’t work correctly.

    *** code removed by editor.

    That works for me however I would like to use the if statement to take it off for authors that don’t fill in that information. I tried using the code in the example you gave however that didn’t work. do I need to add more to it?

    Thanks for the help

    • Hesham Zebida January 15, 2012, 9:56 pm

      Hi Mike, why don’t you try to learn how to write an if statement, it’s easy and you can find it by a simple search in Google!

  • Mika Castro December 12, 2011, 10:22 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I have seen what the custom field can do, but I am bit novice. I need to add a custom piece of text to each post. How do I do this? With custom fields I have to add the number and url each time as I can’t leave the value empty.

    • Hesham Zebida December 13, 2011, 12:01 am

      Assign custom fields to a post is a little different than the profile custom fields I am talking about here in this post!

      You can read about custom fields at the WP codex, this should help.

  • Chandan December 5, 2011, 11:02 am

    Hi Hesham, awesome tips. Is there any plugin available for custom field?

  • Jed P. December 4, 2011, 3:44 pm

    Finally ..I got what I wanted ….Thanks for this amazing short guide.

  • Azhar December 4, 2011, 9:03 am

    Thanks Hesham this post is milestone is learning wordpress at professional level. I am newbie in this field.

  • James December 4, 2011, 7:29 am

    great post, thank you, could you please write the post about best adsense options fro multiple author blogs.
    James

  • Raj December 4, 2011, 2:06 am

    I do agree that custom fields have always confused me! Thanks for this introduction, let me figure out if I can use it somewhere..
    Raj recently posted..The Definitive Guide to Developing a Social Media Marketing Strategy – Part 7: Measure the Effectiveness of Your Social Media Marketing StrategyMy Profile

  • Adrian December 4, 2011, 12:36 am

    Useful tutorials! I know few people who know how to use this custom fields WP. It would really be great especially if this actually offers great SEO benefit to the authors. At least their hardwork will pay off.

  • Mark December 3, 2011, 2:46 pm

    Hesham,

    That’s awesome Bro. I was recently wondering how to do that, but you know, its just one of those things that was on the back burner that I didn’t read about yet.

    And here you just delivered it to my door step ;)

    I love customizing scripts and Wordpress or its themes are no exception.

    Mark
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  • Devesh December 3, 2011, 5:32 am

    Hi Hesham,

    Awesome tip, man. Very useful for multi author blogs and this makes author profile even better.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Kostas December 3, 2011, 5:23 am

    Hi Hesham
    Even though I use blogskin which has these options it’s a great share for all our fellow bloggers who accept guest posts…
    Kostas recently posted..Top 5 Places to Find Inspiration for Blog PostsMy Profile

    • Hesham Zebida December 13, 2011, 12:09 am

      I am trying to free some time to write more information about building multi-authors blogs, so I needed to publish some basic posts that I will use to link at while we go more advanced.

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