Multiple Admin Emails Add-On for Profile Builder

You may be well aware that WordPress sends by default a notification e-mail to the address that is set in the General Settings page of the Dashboard whenever a new user registers to your website. If you have a website where you manually approve new users this feature comes in handy .

But what if you have a whole team at your side that deals with new users? How do they get notifications? You may have a forwarding system in place, so that every time a new user registers, the notification email you receive is then sent to the others, or in a very worst case scenario you manually forward the emails yourself. In any case, there is now a better solution. Meet the Multiple Admin Emails Add-On for Profile Builder.

How it works

This little add-on adds a new option in the General Settings page of Profile Builder where you can type a list of email addresses that you wish to send notifications regarding users. Therefore when a new user registers notifications will be pushed to these addresses instead of the WordPress default.

Download and activate

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Please note: The Multiple Admin Emails Add-On requires Profile Builder version 2.0.6 or higher.

When your download is complete, you can upload the .zip file in the Add Plugins page of the Dashboard or you can unzip the file and copy its contents in the wp-content/plugins directory. Then simply navigate to the Plugins page and activate the Add-On.

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Add the email addresses

You are almost done at this point. Navigate to the General Settings page of Profile Builder and you will see the new option named “Admin Emails”. Here you can type as many email addresses as you need, separated by comma. By default when you activate the plugin this option will be populated with the WordPress default email address.

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Try it out

All done. From now on notifications regarding users will be sent to the addresses you’ve entered.

Maximum Character Length Add-On for Profile Builder

How can I limit the maximum number of characters a user can type in a field?

You may find yourself in the situation where you want your users to provide a postal code that is at most 4 characters long, or a description of themselves in less than 140 characters. In these cases the Maximum Character Length Add-On for Profile Builder comes in handy.

So to answer the above question, let me walk you through the 3 easy steps of getting this feature up and running.

Download and activate

icon-150x150First of all, click on the button below to download the add-on. Unzip the downloaded file and copy the contents in the wp-content/plugins directory.

Download The Maximum Character Length Add-On

Please note: The Maximum Character Length Add-On requires Profile Builder version 2.0.5 or higher.

Once the files are moved, head over to the Plugins section of the Dashboard and activate the add-on.

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Set the maximum character length

Once the add-on has been activated head over to the Manage Fields page in Profile Builder. If you select an input field, a textarea field or the default biographical info field you will see that a new property named Maximum Character Length appeared below the other properties. All you need to do is set the desired value, in my case it was 10. You can also modify this value when editing one of these fields.

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See it in action

Too see your work in action head over to the page where you display the register or edit form and type something in the field that has a maximum value set. Did it stop you from typing?

Breaking the barrier

The language barrier that is. I’m sure many of you have tried to translate a WordPress plugin, some even Profile Builder or WordPress Creation Kit, just to find out at the end of the process that it was a difficult thing to do. I’m sure many of you wanted to help out with a translation and did not have the know-how in achieving this.

Moreover, as new updates from these plugins rolled out, the management of the translations would get out of control and the end result would be an incomplete translation that would make the plugins inconsistent.

At this point I’m asking. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a place where translations are accesible, easy to mantain and always up to date with the latest version of the plugins? Well, starting today, for Profile Builder and WordPress Creation Kit there is such a place and it is called CozmosLabs Translate.

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Translate is a new tool, powered by GlotPress, that is designed as a collaborative work environment where anyone can help with the translations. It has a simple and easy to use interface, where you can edit translations and view their progress.

As certain languages get fully translated, or are close to that point, they will be added in plugin updates, but if you feel confortable using some languages before their official release you can download them in advance.

All you need to do is to register an account and have fun translating.

WordPress 4.0, What You Need to Know

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WordPress 4.0 “Benny” is now officially out and available for download.

As with every major WordPress release it’s a good idea to first get a glimpse at all the new features added to make sure you use them at full potential.

In that sense here’s what you need to know about WordPress 4.0:

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WordPress 3.8 – The Best Redesign Since Ever?

WordPress 3.8 is just around the corner and I can honestly say it’s THE most exciting release since ever! With the WordPress 3.8 RC2 available for download, we’re only days away from the excellently polished WordPress 3.8 UI.

Much more than just a new skin

You can see by the title of this post that I’m quite excited about this release. The old design has been around since 2.7 with only minor improvements across the board (was back in 11’th of December 2008 when 2.7 was launched, 5 years ago!). While the new, WordPress 3.8 UI, keeps most of the elements in the same place, it’s clearly the biggest thing to happen visually in the last 5 years.

WordPress 3.8 UI is stunning to look at and work with, but it also represents the best responsive/mobile implementation we’ve seen for the WordPress backend so far:

  • the top and sidebar menus have been re-envisioned for small resolutions
  • the sidemenu is now hidden by default and can be much more easily extended on small devices.
  • the Add New Post works wonderful for resolutions under 600px
  • every button and link is just a little bit larger, so you can tap them even if you have big thumbs
  • comes with its own flat vector icon font for the admin UI, called dashicons
  • it’s not just a refined implementation of what was before, it was created with devices of all sizes in mind

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WordPress Testimonial Page Template with WCK

Having testimonials displayed on your client’s website is a always a nice bonus, and helps to highlight the brand’s personality and keep up with its audience.

The scope of this tutorial is to build a WordPress Testimonial Page Template with the help of WCK – Custom Fields and Post Type Creator plugin.

How you choose to do this is a matter of preference. You can opt for one of these options:

  • choose from a list of plugins that make only testimonials
  • you can also use Custom Post Types, that attaches your testimonials to a particular page
  • or, our very own favorite, choose to get your hands on by using Custom Fields that are attached to a certain Page Template.

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For us, the most flexible and intuitive way to create a WordPress Testimonial Page is by using Custom Fields and create our own Page Template.  We’ll use the WCK – Custom Fields Creator to speed things up.

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WPNuggets is live!


We are happy to announce the new launch of WPNuggets.com , our site for WordPress plugin reviews, dedicated to all WordPress lovers and users.

In WordPress Community there`s a plugin for almost everything, but sometimes, they are not so easy to understand. So here comes WPNuggets.com!

For now, we have three WordPress plugin reviews on the site: prettyPhoto Media, WordPress SEO by Yoast and Gravity Forms, but there are more planned for the near future.

With the promise that we will keep you informed about the latest plugins and we will offer you relevant information about why and how to use WordPress plugins, we hope that you will enjoy reading our reviews and we would be enchanted to hear opinions and suggestions from you.

So stay tuned, great things are coming!

Profile Builder version 1.1.21: fully customizable userlisting!

It’s been quite a while since we released a new version, but this is due to the complexity of the new feature this version of Profile Builder comes with: a fully customizable userlisting.

For those who just met up with WordPress, Profile Builder is WordPress registration done right; it lets you customize your website by adding a front-end menu for all your users, giving them a more flexible way to modify their user-information or to register new users.

Besides the new features and functionalities I will describe later on, we also added some minor bugfixes, and improved the query times a lot!

So what is userlisting, and what can it do?

Listing registered users to your blog/site has never been easier: to create a page containing a userlisting, insert the following shortcode in a (blank) page: [wppb-list-users].

For instance, to create a userlisting shortcode listing only the editors and authors, visible to only the users currently logged in, you would use:
[wppb-list-users visibility=”restricted” roles=”editor,author”].

The back-end has two textareas which lets you write your own html code for the front-end userlisting design: one for the “all-userlisting”, and one for the “single-userlisting”. Using the added, built-in extra functions, you can create a personalized userlisting easily.
Don’t have any ideas or coding knowledge? No problem! – we added html codes for a default userlisting for just such cases.

For more info regarding this, please visit the description page of this feature.

All in all we hope you take benefit of this cool new feature, and as always, if you have any ideas on improving this feature (or any other part of the plugin), or just want to report a bug, either ask about in the forum section, or write an email to [email protected].

Redesigning Cozmoslabs

I’ve been working lately on a redesign / re-branding of Cozmoslabs. Designing for your self is one of the most annoying things I’ve ever done. It’s hard to say “this is good, let’s leave it like that”. There’s always that feeling that something better can exist.

And I’m sure it does exist… so I’m going to save this iteration and continue work on the redesign.

What I’m trying to achieve

As it happens I’m not redesigning Cozmoslabs just as a design exercise.

With Profile Builder we started a journey into more complex plugin development. Besides that, we’re currently alpha testing three new plugins based on our WordPress Creation Kit api available on Github. Counting the free themes available for download, wpMail.me newsletter and Reflection Media (Custom WordPress Solutions) things just got crowded.

We needed a fresh start, an umbrella brand that will hold under it all our released projects for now and the future.

Here’s some of the things I’m trying to achieve with this redesign:

  • Transform Cozmoslabs into a recognizable brand.
  • Bold and Simple.
  • The website redesign should support all our projects without complicated menus.
  • Bring focus to our forums / registered users.
  • The blog and articles will still be an important part of the redesign.

With those in mind I present you the future Cozmoslabs.com (this won’t be live for another month at least. Still lots of things to do here.)

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On the website design part of things, I’ve already started that but I’ll post some mockups once I have a clearer idea of what I want from it. Still a little bit fuzzy on that end :).

So let me know what you think, do you like it, do you hate it? Just be blunt.

Profile Builder version 1.1.6 has arrived

The latest version includes a few small, but important features if you wish to customize the plugin.

For those who just met up with WordPress, Profile Builder is WordPress registration done right; it lets you customize your website by adding a front-end menu for all your users, giving them a more flexible way to modify their user-information or to register new users.

We’ve also put together a short presentation video where you can see Profile Builder in action.

Now back to features. Firstly, we have completed the front-end registration plugin with a password recovery page. Just like every other page, this feature includes a shortcode ([wppb-recover-password]). Use this, with fully customizable emails and messages to skip the default WordPress forms all-together.

Also, by using the new (and now complete) custom redirects, your users will only have access to where you want them.

The second biggest feature of this release is the fact that you can mark the fields (both default and extra) as required. This means the user can’t register without having completed these fields, and neither can he delete this info later on from the edit profile page (the information can be modified but he/she won’t be able to submit the new data if it’s not filled out properly).

NOTE: at the moment this feature only works on the front end, but using this in conjunction with the custom redirects, your users won’t have access to the dashboard anyway.

Last but not least, I would like to mention the most important feature of this release: filters, the crème de la crème for all plugins.

We redesigned the plugin and added to every notification/content/values a filter to let you easily customize the layout for your own needs, without the fear of loosing the data after a new update.

You can find a detailed list of all the filters here.

We hope you enjoy the new features, and if you have any questions, just post a new topic over at the forums.

Also, there have been many interesting feature requests, which will be included in the next release(s), so stay tuned!