Looking for the best WordPress member directory plugin to showcase the users at your site in a public list? This articles compares 5 of the most popular options.
Looking for the best WordPress member directory plugin to showcase the users at your site in a public list? In this post, we go hands-on with 5 great options to help you find the plugin that’s right for your unique situation.
Beyond sharing each plugin’s key features, we’ll also take a look at important criteria like:
Filtering and search options – how much control you and visitors have over finding specific members.
Templating and pagination options – how much control you have over how your member directory’s looks and what information it includes.
Integrations – what other plugins you can integrate your member directory with. For example, can you show a user’s bbPress post count in your user list?
But first, let’s cover a quick rundown on what you can use these plugins for.
Use Cases for a WordPress Member Directory Plugin
Wondering what you can use these plugins for?
With a flexible WordPress member directory plugin, there are a lot of different ways a WordPress member directory can help you. You can create directories for:
Subscribers at your membership site or online course
Team members or employees of your business
Senior Backend Engineer, Zach Owens, shows readers a process for debugging WordPress with Local by Flywheel in this tech-savvy blog post.
Introduction Local by Flywheel is a popular tool for getting quick and reliable WordPress installations running on your computer. One of its lesser-known features is the inclusion of xdebug support. xdebug is a PHP extension that allows for real-time debugging of PHP code. Today, we’re going to go over how to get both of these working together within vim to provide a powerful interface that allows for some successful debugging of WordPress.
Firstly, this tutorial is intended for users of vim or neovim. If you aren’t familiar with how to use vi-like editors, but want to learn, I would recommend running vimtutor in your command line and learning how to move and work in vim before continuing with this post.
Next, you’ll need Local by Flywheel. You can download it here. If you haven’t set up a site before with Local, it is pretty straightforward. You can find a guide for getting started on Flywheel’s blog.
For vim or neovim, henceforth referred to simply as “vim” (with distinctions for neovim if necessary), you will need the Vdebug plugin. Installation instructions are included on the plugin’s page. I use vim-plug to
Learn why Google Maps Widget is the best way to add a map to your site
This is part of the NEW Advanced Query Control that will supercharge your Posts, Portfolio & Products widgets. Use it to create:
Starting an online magazine or any other content-heavy site on WordPress is a challenging task. Featuring the right articles at the right time – that’s a big part of the challenge. To help you better cope with featured posts, we significantly improved the post filtering options available in our Post, Portfolio and Products widgets.
Introducing Advanced Query Control – WordPress post filtering tools which include:
At Elementor, we care about improving existing widgets and features just as much as we care about introducing new ones. Lucky for us, we have the biggest focus group at the tip of our fingers; over 2 million users who use our tools daily and constantly suggest amazing improvements.
The improvements being released are based on suggestions from users. This shows the power of our open source solution that constantly gets better thanks to the power of our community.
Let’s dive in and see how these upgrades give you powerful capabilities when featuring posts on your news, listings and advanced websites.
Remember spending 4 hours on YouTube, watching one cat video after another?
This happened because of YouTube’s intelligent
Our resident WordCamp expert shares tips and advice on making the most of your first WordCamp experience.
So, you’ve decided to attend your first WordCamp—a nonprofit, volunteer-organized conference about WordPress and related topics. That’s great! WordCamps are excellent places to learn a new skill, get up-to-date on design trends, meet potential clients and partners, and geek out about WordPress in general. Having attended countless WordCamps across North America, here are my top tips on how to maximize your WordCamp experience.
A laptop is *optional*
It may not be apparent, considering this is a conference about technology, but unless you are planning on using your laptop to actively debug or work on your website, such as at the Happiness Bar, or participate in a live workshop, consider leaving your laptop at home. It’s widely accepted that written notes result in higher comprehension levels than typed notes; some sponsors even give away notebooks and pens to use. Leaving your laptop at home means one less thing to carry around and think about all day. As a presenter, I’ll often take a minute to store my laptop back in my room for just this reason.
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Congratulations to Rich Tabor and crew. GoDaddy has proved a pretty good steward of its acquisitions so far. I suspect we'll see more larger companies snapping up block collections.
I’ve made a number of things as a WordPress “maker” — most notably ThemeBeans, CoBlocks, and Block Gallery. My mission and clear focus through building products has always been to deliver a phenomenal WordPress experience. It’s the foundation upon which my career is built. And while it’s been a fantastic experience so far, it almost feels like I’m just getting started — in such a good way.
A few months ago, GoDaddy approached me with an idea to build the next wave of WordPress innovation together. After getting to know the WordPress leadership at GoDaddy, I could feel the universal passion that every person I met shared for WordPress — and even more so for the folks who rely on WordPress every single day. That’s right up my ally, and something I could definitely get behind.
Today, I am thrilled to announce that CoBlocks, ThemeBeans, and Block Gallery have been acquired by GoDaddy, and I will be joining the team as the Senior Product Manager of WordPress Experience. Together, we’ll make a real difference on how millions of folks use WordPress everyday on GoDaddy’s Managed WordPress platform and beyond.
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Post from me on WPLift, on how Convesio's new managed WordPress hosting setup is what you've always wanted! Ideal for agencies.
Imagine this: You’ve been working hard to build up your agency, and have steadily accrued a decent portfolio of clients. But naturally, as your business grows, so does the pressure. Then one Sunday night, your phone rings and it’s a major client. Reluctantly, you take the call. They’re far from happy and want to know why their site is down.
No matter how great your agency is, if your hosting is bad, it reflects poorly on everything else you’re doing.
As the five client sites you were working with suddenly become 50 or more, perhaps you’ll find that the little tasks you were once able to comfortably manage starts costing your business time and money. From dealing with erratic server performance to speaking to unhappy clients at the weekend, you shouldn’t need to deal with these problems.
The Unicorn of Hosting: Convesio understands and fixes these problems
When Convesio founder Tom Fanelli had his own design agency, he came up against the same hosting problems time and time again. Not only was it frustrating; it also damaged his relationships with clients.
He went on the hunt for “unicorn” hosting that could provide what he needed to support
In this second part of our ‘WordPress Products, Audited’ series, we take a deep-dive into the ‘GS Team Members’ plugin that features organizations’ team members on a website. We go through a number of details of their marketing strategy, from their pricing structure to layout of their website, and offer our best advice to help increase conversions and a sustainable recurring revenue stream for WordPress plugin and theme sellers.
This is the second part of our “WordPress Products, Audited” series, where we try to help WordPress plugin and theme developers optimize their products for more sales & conversions in all possible aspects. We noticed that many WordPress theme & plugin creators and sellers are repeating the same mistakes, when it comes to the way they present, position and price their products, so we decided to launch this case-study audit series on the Freemius blog, in the hope that it will act as a source of valuable knowledge which product people can gain from and hopefully even use as action-items for their projects. Our next product audit came through thanks to Golam Samdani who agreed to have ‘GS Team Members’, his WordPress plugin, up for a public poke
Just because Tom McFarlin joined our team on April Fool's Day doesn't mean it was a joke! Read this interview with him to learn more about why this longtime WordPress community leader and WordCamp speaker made this surprising career move.
What seems like an April Fool’s Day joke, certainly is not. It’s true, folks. Tom McFarlin, longtime WordPress community leader, WordCamp speaker, and the person behind Pressware, has joined WebDevStudios (WDS) as a Senior Backend Engineer. (Pause for response.)
To set the record straight, Tom took some time during his first day of on-boarding at WDS and shared the story behind what propelled him to make this surprising career move and offered advice to anyone thinking about doing the same.
WDS: Hi, Tom. Welcome to your first day at WDS! What prompted your decision to make this big change in your career?
Tom: For the majority of the time I’ve worked with WordPress, I’ve known that I wanted to make a career out of it. In terms of how, though, I wasn’t sure.
Over the past few years of building custom solutions for small businesses and individuals, I wanted to begin applying much of that knowledge and increase my learning and experience in an enterprise setting with a great team who also allow me to pursue interests both inside the company and out.
This means that I can still moonlight on WordPress projects that are pertinent to Pressware, but I can focus
Freemius is meant for WordPress theme and plugin businesses who want an easy, pay-as-you-go solution to bring their freemium and premium products to market.
The post shares and compares five of the most popular user profile plugins.
Looking for the best WordPress user profile plugin to give your site’s members their own great-looking front-end profiles (and/or let them edit their profiles from the front-end)? In this post, we’ll share and compare five of the top user profile plugins that will help you do just that.
Here’s a quick comparison table so that you know what to expect, and keep reading for a lot more detail!
User rating (out of 5)*
Starting price for Premium
*According to WordPress.org or CodeCanyon user ratings
Profile Builder is a very popular user profile plugin that’s active on over 50,000 sites and has a 4.7-star rating on over 490 reviews at WordPress.org.
It comes in both a free version at WordPress.org, as well as a premium version with lots of extra functionality.
At a high level, Profile Builder helps you with everything “profile related”, including front-end…
The premium version also adds support for some more advanced features, like multiple forms/profile pages, WooCommerce sync, and lots more.
Profile Builder features
Let’s start with the
Curtis McHale says what many of us have been thinking and saying for a while now: the WordPress project is going may not feel "wrong". but it sure as heck doesn't feel "right".
Overall, I'm not happy with the direction that decisions in WordPress have gone. This is not the WordPress I fell in love with. # Links
- Jetpack adding search recommendations: https://wptavern.com/jetpack-7-1-adds...
- WP Tavern on admin notices: https://wptavern.com/please-stop-abus...
- WooCommerce adding suggestions: https://woocommerce.wordpress.com/201...
## My Gear
- My gear: https://curtismchale.ca/my-gear
- Patreon: https://patreon.com/curtismchale
- Music: https://curtismchale.ca/epidemic
Going beyond the whole Jetpack issue, the constant nagging messages within the dashboard are too much.
There are any number of things to love about WordPress. Chiefly among them is the fact that it’s open source and free to use in any way you like. For web designers and their clients, this keeps costs down and lowers the barrier to building a first-class website. For plugin and theme authors, it provides an opportunity to tap into and benefit from a large, existing marketplace. Everyone’s a winner, right?
Well, it’s not always that simple. There are times when the various interests who have a stake in WordPress collide with a difference of opinion (see: Gutenberg). And it seems that we’ve hit another one of those points of contention: The WordPress dashboard.
An Unseemly Tactic?
Recently, there’s been some fervor over a “feature” in version 7.1 of Jetpack (since removed, as of version 7.2.1), the venerable Swiss-Army-Knife of a plugin by Automattic (a driving force behind WordPress) that offers a ton of various functionality. The plugin had started to promote its own paid products on the WordPress plugin search screen, placing itself first in line over everyone else.
Funny enough, this did not go unnoticed by members of the community (which likely
An explanation with examples of how easy it is to use tools such as Dig and Nslookup to troubleshoot and test DNS configurations and issues.
When you buy a new domain for your WordPress site you have to configure the name servers and other DNS records. Configuring your the Domain Name System (DNS) for your domain is a simple process, and it becomes even easier when you understand how DNS works, what are Domains, Registrars and DNS records. However, a small mistake in the DNS configuration can lead to big problems – people won’t be able to access your website or send you emails. This article explains how you can use nslookup, dig and other DNS tools to test your DNS setup.
Nslookup and Dig DNS Tools
Both Nslookup and Dig are command line tools found on many operating systems. These tools are used to send queries to DNS servers. Nslookup is more popular with Windows users and Dig is more popular with Mac OS and Linux users. Both’s queries and commands are similar.
In this article we use both Nslookup and Dig to explain how you can use them to check the configured records on a DNS server. We also explain how to check the properties of DNS records, such as TTL. And last but not least, we will also see how to check the propagation of a DNS record and how to do other troubleshooting.
Querying a DNS Server with
Are you struggling with the local language support on your WordPress website? Check out these 10 popular translation ready WordPress themes and choose that suits you best.
Nowadays, All businesses are working globally with different people know different languages. The easiest way to reach your target audience is “Explain your work in their own language.” If your website is not able to translate in your customer’s known language then, it may be the biggest reason to lose your target customer part. WordPress is the most famous open source CMS globally. It is already localized in various distinctive languages. If you are going to start a brand-new multilingual WordPress website, then it requires definite multilingual or translation ready theme. Because WordPress themes have an enormous market so, it generates difficulty to choose the competent theme.
Don’t Worry, Here you can find topmost themes that are translation-ready. These are the best WordPress themes to start your multilingual website.
Biznetic is a simple, clean and multipurpose theme. It is a powerful WordPress business theme, and you can build whatever you like with this theme. It is fully responsive with any kind of devices desktops, tablets, and mobiles. It is specially designed for marketing, corporate and business websites. This is designed on the one-page
Is a retainer a better fit for your website project? WebDevStudios Director of Business Development, Jodie Riccelli, examines why it might be.
Is a retainer a better fit for your website development project? On the first day of class of my freshman year of college, our professor walked into the room and said something I will never forget:
Have you heard about this thing called the World Wide Web yet?
My classmates and I looked around the room at each other shaking our heads no. My only context in regards to the WWW was that the military used it and I could somehow magically send emails with my new college email address.
Fast forward, let’s say a few years (wink-wink), and here I am working in an industry that didn’t exist when I was in college. Moral of the story—technology changes fast. Developers and engineers are charting the course. Your users are setting the pace.
As the owner of a website, I believe you have a responsibility to keep that website up to date, in line with best practices, inclusive for all, and engaging. Given the speed that tech changes, in order to uphold your responsibility you must be ready for anything, i.e, “in omnia paratus” for all you “Gilmore Girls” fans out there.
If it seems overwhelming to keep up with your website responsibilities and, more importantly,
This guide provides a quick and easy way to improve how your WooCommerce products look when shared on social sites and displayed in search results. And having more complete and accurate Schema markup will also improve your search ranking — significantly in some instances. :)
WooCommerce is a popular e-commerce plugin that offers a lot of flexibility with a solid and well designed codebase. WooCommerce is not an SEO plugin or a social sharing plugin, so its Schema markup for search engines and social sites is minimal — and its social / SEO meta tags for Facebook, Twitter, and other social sites are non-existent.
You may have found your way to this guide after sharing a WooCommerce product page on Facebook, Pinterest, or another social site — or maybe testing a product page using Google’s Structured Data Testing Tool — and being unimpressed with the results. This guide provides a quick and easy way to improve how your WooCommerce products look when shared on social sites and displayed in search results. And having more complete and accurate Schema markup will also improve your search ranking — significantly in some instances. :)
Common Warnings for WooCommerce Markup
Google’s Structured Data Testing Tool and/or Google’s Search Console for site owners may report the following errors for Schema JSON-LD markup provided by WooCommerce:
The aggregateRating field is recommended. Please provide a value if available.
A recent post, in the Advanced WordPress Facebook group, asking how to get better has got me thinking so I've summarized a few comments into an article.
When you’re a developer working with any kind of software, you are striving to get better with years. Well, at least, that’s something I think we all as people are always trying to do (get better in any skill with practice). On April, 11th 2019, a developer has asked how he can become a better WordPress developer. He asked that in the Advanced WordPress Facebook group. And the reason behind that question is that he is still writing the same kind of code he wrote 3 years ago.
This is a sign of a developer who is aspiring to get better and wants to learn how to do it. I love that!
I’ll go over some answers that he got in the comments and then add my own view on it.
1. Code Reviews
Jason Bahl has suggested to ask for code reviews from other fellow developers. Here is a part of his comment:
When I started working at an organization that code reviews every pull request to the codebase I started learning a lot, often more so from reviewing others code than them reviewing mine.
Jason Bahl – WP GraphQL
He also mentions to read from open source projects. Since we are here talking about WordPress, he mentioned several big and successful plugins such as WooCommerce, Easy
User trust once violated is very hard to regain. Be mindful to protect the trust you have earned.
Negative reviews don't have to be all bad. Lyn shares 4 ways you can turn those 1-star lemons into lemonade.
Many businesses go out of their way to avoid receiving negative reviews. Some even have a poor approach when it comes to responding to such reviews. They’ll deliver canned responses, shift the blame to customers, and avoid correcting their own mistakes. Still, it’s perfectly okay for you to fret over negative reviews. After all, numerous studies have revealed data proving the importance of positive reviews and the influence they have on consumers. It’s only natural for a business to want to minimize the number of negative responses they receive.
It may surprise you, but negative reviews don’t need to be scary. It all boils down to the way you approach them.
In this post, we’re going to cover a few different ways you can turn negative reviews into positive marketing opportunities. First, let’s review why you shouldn’t sweat negative responses.
Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Negative Reviews
The world of business is a tumultuous battlefield that can be difficult to navigate without getting hit. It’s easy to become pessimistic about it all, especially negative reviews. Nevertheless, these types of reviews don’t need to lead to
Brexit may have wide-ranging effects for WordPress plugin and theme sellers with customers in the EU. Learn how the upcoming tax changes may affect your business and what you can do to prepare.
The UK’s imminent departure from the EU (European Union) has left businesses across Europe struggling to understand how this change will affect them. For WordPress theme and plugin businesses, it makes EU VAT collection and payment even more complex than it already is. If you’re accounting for VAT on your own, you may be dealing with hundreds of invoices, difficult requirements for filing in each EU state member, and generally wasting plenty of time and money on bookkeeping. We’re here to break down the upcoming changes and explain what Brexit means for developers selling software to consumers or businesses in the EU. Let’s get started with the basics:
What’s the current state of VAT collection in the EU?
When selling digital products to consumers in Europe, you have to manage and collect the correct amounts of VAT rates from each and every one of your WordPress product sales. Your specific tax situation for the EU depends on where your customers are located and you’ll have to collect tax for each sale depending on whether you’re selling to businesses or consumers. Here are the different possibilities:
If your WordPress business is based INSIDE
"LOL" and "WTF" the two most relevant comments. Are they ads, not ads, or just plain commercial overreach?
Jetpack 7.1 was released earlier this month with new blocks for WordAds, Business Hours, Contact Info, Slideshows, and Videos. This release also quietly added suggestions to the plugin search screen, a change that has not been well-received by the developer community. If a user searches for a plugin that has a feature that is already offered by Jetpack, the plugin will insert an artificial (and dismissible) search result into the first plugin card slot, identifying the corresponding Jetpack feature. Although these suggestions in plugin search results were not presented as a headline feature in the 7.1 release post, it was clearly listed in the changelog under enhancements. More people began taking notice after WordPress developer Mehul Gohil tweeted a screenshot of it on a live site:
Nowadays, plugin search in #WordPress admin suggests a product/add-on. I see the future of these suggestions to be used by plugin authors to keep their product first in certain plugin search terms for upsells like admin notices.
What do you think about this? #DontHijackWPAdmin pic.twitter.com/TERjrPgEt6
— Mehul Gohil (@mehul_gohil0810) March 26, 2019
Manipulating search results, even to insert an
How to save your time while writing a blog post? Here are 10 blogging hacks every serious blogger need to know. (You'll LOVE #8!)
If you are here, I am sure you know how much time demanding running a blog can be. Writing a blog is just a single part of the job. There are loads of other things that you need to give time to make your blog work. This becomes problematic mostly to the users who have taken up blogging as their part-time gig, and now they are having a hard time giving enough efforts and time in their day to day activities. Also, for those who took up blogging as a full-time career option, may find it hard to give enough time to their blog and this is something that needs to be sorted out before it starts hampering your daily routine and your end goal towards blogging.
So, how can you save time while blogging? There is no secret formula to it.
You just need to cut out some bad habits and time-wasting activities. These activities can add a lot of free time in your schedule, and you can utilize that time to do your personal work or just give more time towards your blog.
There are numerous blogs out there who claim to have the best “Techniques” to add more time in your blogging schedule, but they mostly do not work because they are not well tested and are just a product of the guesswork and
A detailed article with a video for making your own URL shortener in WordPress. All you need to do.
Having your own branded domain shortener can be very beneficial because you have control over the links and it is better from a visitor perspective. Having a shorter URL that visitors remember it is better than using long ones. With WordPress, you can have your own URL shortener created where you can store your affiliate links. There are also some free URL shorteners that exist like bit.ly or Google that can help you have shorter links but I prefer having my custom one to have more control. Also, some services can associate the bit.ly with spam and that’s why might be better to have your custom branded URL shortener.
One of the main advantages of having shorter links is increased CTR. In a report, it is showing that CTR is increased with 34%
One of the disadvantages is that you have all your links in one place and in case something happens with the domain or hosting your affiliate links will not work.
In these articles, I will show you step by step how WordPress and some tools can be used to create your own branded URL Shortener. What will be needed is below:
Domain Name – you need a short domain name that will be used. This will cost around 10$
Hosting – You already