Profile Builder Free version 2.0 released

After the newly launched version 2 of Profile Builder PRO, we focused on releasing an update to the Profile Builder Free version from wordpress.org.

Profile Builder Free v2 comes with:

  • a completely redesigned interface, more focused on flexibility
  • manage default user profile fields (add/edit/delete)
  • drag & drop to reorder profile fields
  • set a minimum password length
  • enforce minimum password strength (using the built in WordPress strength meter)
  • email confirmation for new users
  • allow users to login with email or username

Profile Builder Free Basic Information

New to Profile Builder?

If you’re looking to have a basic front-end registration for your website, you’ll find Profile Builder Free very easy to set up. It’s shortcode based, allowing you to set up register, login and edit profile forms in minutes.

More functionality (like Extra User Fields (Avatar Upload), Front-end User Listings, Custom Redirects or Multiple Registration Forms) is available in the premium versions.

WordPress Minimum Password Length and Password Strength Meter for User Registration

I’m quite concerned for the security of my site and content if I allow users to sign up with weak passwords.

That’s something we hear a lot from website owners. Chances are, if you run a WordPress membership site that allows user registration, your primary security concern is NOT to allow users to sign-up with weak passwords.

A short or weak password is one of the most used security breach by people trying to hack your site, so you try to avoid that at all costs. Cracking one password may sometimes be enough to lose access to sections or even the whole website, which puts your content, revenue and work in danger.

After hours of research you’ve probably realized that most of the plugins available go only half way. While some offer increased security by allowing you to set a minimum password length, they do NOT posses all the features you would need from a user registration plugin.

On the other side, even though there is a significant list of plugins out there that can help you with some aspects of the user registration part, the big majority fall short when it comes to security.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have an all in one solution that can help you with both the front-end user registration part, but also be able to set security restrictions when it comes to registration forms?

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WordPress Multiple User Registration Forms with Profile Builder 2.0

I’ve set 2 new roles for my site – “sellers” and “buyers”. Each role should have its own registration page with different fields.

I’ve searched for hours for a plugin that will give me the option to do this, but couldn’t find one. Does a plugin like this even exist?

This sounds like a pretty common configuration in membership websites with different role registrations. However, finding a user registration plugin that does this out of the box is where things get hard.

Plugins authors try to offer you workarounds, but the truth is you shouldn’t be required to mess around with the code trying to filter the fields that aren’t relevant on a specific form. Nor be advised to use CSS to hide fields, which of course can break stuff if you need some kind of validation for the extra fields.

Shouldn’t multiple user registration forms with different profile fields for certain roles be more easy to set up using a plugin that was designed exactly for this, to handle the front-end user registration part?

That’s the main reason we made sure that this process is really straight forward in Profile Builder 2.0.

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Profile Builder Pro 2.0 is out! See Full List of Features and Improvements.

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We’re happy to announce that Profile Builder 2.0 is officially released!

The 2.0 version includes important new features and improvements we know you’ll love:

Profile Builder 2.0 has been rebuilt from scratch into a more flexible and user friendly user registration and management plugin.

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Upgrading to Profile Builder Pro 2.0 (from 1.3.x)

All current Profile Builder 1.3.x customers will find the new Profile Builder 2.0 update available in their account page.

You will be able to update to 2.0 without losing any existing information or settings. However we won’t offer it as an automatic update for 1.3.x.

The main reason is that in 2.0, because of the restructuring we had to drop some of the filters from 1.3.x, therefore some of the plugin customizations may not work in 2.0.

However, most of the custom functionality that was added through filters in 1.3 can now be easily achieved using the UI of 2.0.

You will have to manually upgrade to Profile Builder 2.0 following the steps below:
Note: Make sure to create a full database backup first.

Steps to Manually Upgrade to 2.0

  • Access your account page and download the Profile Builder 2.0 zip file
  • Unzip the plugin files
  • (Via FTP) Delete the existing profile-builder-pro folder from the plugins folder on your server (which contains Profile Builder version 1.3.x files).
  • (Via FTP) Copy the new profile-builder-pro folder (containing Profile Builder 2.0 extracted files) to your plugins directory

This way, all your previous Profile Builder 1.3.x settings and data will now be recognized by version 2.0.

Get Profile Builder Pro Today!

People have been pretty excited about this release, so make sure you check out the most comprehensive WordPress user registration plugin, Profile Builder.

Profile Builder 2.0 is Coming! Sneak peak at New Features & Enhancements

Profile Builder is about to get even better. The past couple of months we’ve been working hard to improve and extend its functionality.

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Most of the architecture and UI of the plugin has been rebuilt from scratch for increased usability, focusing on the most essential tasks you would need from an all in one user registration and management plugin.

Since the official release is approaching soon, we thought we’d give you a sneak peak at some of the new things in Profile Builder 2.0.

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New improvements in WCK 2.0.5 and Profile Builder 1.3.23

We’ve just released an update for both WordPress Creation Kit and Profile Builder plugins. This update adds a couple of improvements and bug fixes listed below.

WCK 2.0.5

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Upload Field now uses the Media Manager added in WP 3.5

WCK 2.0.5 release was focused on improving the upload field as well as fixing the bugs reported by our users.

Now uploading media files via the Upload Field from the back-end or front-end (using WCK Front End Posting) of your WordPress sites will be really straight forward.

Features:

  • Upload Field now uses the media manager added in WP 3.5
  • Added progress icon on forms in WCK Front End Posting
  • Now we prevent “Meta Field” and “Field Title” to be named “content” or “action” in Custom Fields Creator to prevent conflicts with existing WordPress Fields

Hotfixes/Bugfixes:

  • Fixed bug in Front End Posting where a filter for posts_where wasn’t removed correctly
  • Fixed bug in Custom Fields Creator that didn’t display “0” values
  • Fixed bug in Front End Posting that didn’t display the right values if the Taxonomy had the label “Categories” (regardless of it’s slug). Now it won’t list the default Categories in WP.

Profile Builder 1.3.23

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Profile Builder 1.3.23 is a minor update focused on improving the Admin Approval performance when dealing with large number of users.

We also fixed existing bugs related to the hidden input field and “Remember me” checkbox that wasn’t displaying correctly on the Login page.

Improvements/Bugfixes:

  • Improved Admin Approval performance for large number of users
  • Fixed hidden input field on front-end
  • Fixed “Remember me” checkbox on the Login page

*The latest versions of WCK and PB will be available via automatic updates or you can download them from your account page.

If you’re new to Profile Builder or WordPress Creation Kit, there is a fully functional FREE version you can play with to get a feel of how they can help with your next WordPress project.

Eliminate User Registration Spam from your WordPress Membership Site with Profile Builder

User Registration Spam is becoming an important concern for many of the WordPress membership site owners. If your WordPress site is set to allow user registration, then it’s probably vulnerable to user registration spam from spam-bots.

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But, as we all know, user registration is a must have for any community or membership website. It’s what keeps the site alive and kicking and can also be an important source of revenue.
That’s why shutting down WordPress user registration is not an option for these types of sites.
But if you ever had to go through all the stress of deleting tens or even hundreds of users every day, you probably know that keeping your user list clean can be a big pain.

We built Profile Builder because we were convinced that WordPress user registration can be done better. Profile Builder, or “WordPress Registration Done Right” as we like to call it, is a plugin meant to pimp your site’s user registration by adding front-end registration, profile and login forms.

Since spam was also a recurring problem amongst Profile Builder’s users, we built into the plugin some cool features that will help you get rid of Spam once and for all.

Here are four features from Profile Builder PRO that will help you kiss Spam goodbye:

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Fixed and Improved WordPress User Listing

We have some good news for our WordPress User Listing feature from Profile Builder Pro!

Yes, as the title says it, we have fixed quite a few bugs on the WordPress User Listing feature.

Thanks to you, we received lots of feedback and there were a lot of edge case scenarios that broke the functionality.  This feature was rebuilt from scratch, now being a lot more stable and working as it was supposed to.

To get access to the latest Profile Builder Pro version please visit your account page, or wait top 12 hours for the automatic update to arrive to your WordPress installation.

As you know, this feature was created for you to ease the process of listing your registered users, and customize that list by your own preferences.

Writing your own html code for the front-end WordPress user listing design, can be done in the back-end, where you have two text areas to be completed: the one for the “all-userlisting’, and the one for the ‘single-userlisting’.

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The User Listing feature allows you to list users with only certain roles, to list users only with a certain meta-field/meta-value combination, to list only users who want their profile to be viewable by others or to list any a combination of the last three mentioned.

That’s pretty much of it, if you have any problem, or any other suggestion, please let us now, by asking in the forum section, or send an email to our colleague gabriel[at]cozmoslabs.com.

WordPress Login and Registration with Email

Do you have users that would like to Log In and Register into your WordPress site by email? Knowing what a hurdle can be reminding a username, Profile Builder comes with a new feature to fix that issue.

Reckoning that an email address is unique and more personal than just a random user name and since we all want happy users, as owner of your WordPress site, you can make it easier for your users to Log In and register , by enabling this feature on your site.

To activate the Log In with email feature of the Profile Builder, you just have to download,install and activate the plugin, if you don’t already have it.

As admin of your WordPress site, you have to enter the Dashboard menu, and select the Users field, and the Profile Builder subfield.

Now just go to the ‘General Settings’ field and all you have to do is to select from the tab the ‘Allow Users to Log In with email” choice.

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And that’s it. What’s left is letting your users be aware of the availability of the new option.

If it happens for you to be  an existing client of Profile Builder Pro you’ll automatically have access to the new feature via Automatic Updates or you can download the latest version via the Account Page.

WordPress Email Confirmation for New Users

WordPress Email Confirmation for new users has been around in Profile Builder for quite some time, however something was missing from it.

What do I do if the confirmation email doesn’t send? Is there a way to force activate it?

Since new users that didn’t approve their emails are stored in the wp_signups database table, they don’t appear in All Users section. That’s how WordPress Email Confirmation works.

That turns into a problem when:

  • the user deletes the WordPress confirmation email before activating his account
  • the confirmation email end up in the spam folder
  • the email doesn’t get sent at all due to a server error

When the above happens, there are three problems that appear:

  • the user can’t approve his account
  • the user can’t try to register again with the same email or user name (since WordPress is still waiting for the previous account to approve his registration)
  • the admin can only delete the un-confirmed email from the database and can’t manually approve the account

Imagine having the possibility to manually approve users or delete fake accounts from wp_signups table

WordPress Email Confirmation

Starting with version 1.3.4 of Profile Builder (Pro and Hobbyist versions), the WordPress Email Confirmation just got better by giving you the possibility, as an admin, to manually approve or delete users that haven’t confirmed their email addresses directly from the WordPress backend.

To do so, just go to Users -> All Users and click the “Users with Unconfirmed Email Address” link. That’s it folks!