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Create communities and member-based sites with ease using Ultimate Member

March 25, 2015

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If you want to create a community-based website where visitors can register and become members, then I’d like to introduce you to a great new plugin called Ultimate Member that was released in January.

Ultimate Member is a powerful community and user profile plugin which can be downloaded for free from the WordPress repo. The plugin comes with a lot of features and functionality, but despite this, it is still very lightweight and easy to use. Since there are too many features to cover in just one post, here are some of the main features of the plugin.

User Roles

One of the best features of the plugin is that it allows you to create your own custom roles and apply unique permissions to each role. For example, you can easily create a dating site (male and female user roles); a professional network site (job applicants and employer roles); or an education site (students and teachers roles). This really opens up the possibility of what can be built with the plugin.

Front-end login & registration

The plugin provides front-end login and registration forms so users can login and sign up to your site. The forms are fully customizable and you can collect any type of information from users before they can register. For user registrations, you can decide to allow users to automatically register, require email activation, or be manually approved by the site admin. It is also possible to create multiple registration forms and assign a user role to each registration form.

User profiles

ultimate member profile

User profiles are at the heart of this plugin and the profile design offered by the plugin is beautiful. Everything about the profiles can be customized (e.g., change profile photo shape, turn on/off cover photos, etc.). This way you can easily design the profiles to meet your exact requirements. You can even create multiple profile forms for each user role where every role can have a unique profile with different fields.

Member directories

ultimate member directory

The plugin also includes the ability to create member directories that allow you to add search filters, restrict which user roles are shown, decide what user information to display, and much more. You can create multiple directories which is useful if you want to show one user role in one directory and another user role in a second directory.

Other features

Other main features of the plugin include:

  • Custom form fields
  • Conditional logic for form fields
  • Image cropping
  • Drag and drop form builder
  • User account page
  • Custom email templates
  • Content restriction
  • Conditional menus
  • Multi-site compatibility


ultimate member extensions

Ultimate Member by itself is very robust and feature-rich. It contains all the core elements you need to create a site where users can register and login. However, the plugin also comes with paid extensions that allow you to add extra features and functionality to your site.

At the moment, they have the following extensions:

  • Social login
  • MailChimp
  • bbPress
  • myCRED
  • Notices
  • Google reCAPTCHA (free)

They are using the same plugin model used by highly successful plugins, such as WooCommerce, Easy Digital Downloads, and Ninja Forms. Therefore, you should see the possibilities of what can be built with Ultimate Member grow as more extensions become available in the future.

Final thoughts

Overall, Ultimate Member is a fantastic plugin and by looking at the plugin’s reviews, it is clear users of the plugin feel the same way. The developers have created a very solid plugin and it will be exciting to see how the plugin develops in the coming months as more extensions become available.

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Ahsan Parwez

Ahsan is the Community Team Manager at Cloudways - A Managed Cloud Hosting Platform. He loves to solve problems and help Cloudways' clients in any aspect he can. In his free time, you can find him playing RTS PC games.

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