This is a beginner’s guide on how to create an easy membership site using a FREE plugin called Ultimate Member.
I will take you through step by step on how to:
- Set up user profiles
- Add user profiles
- Adding Ultimate Member menu pages to your menu
- Logging in
Just to note I’m doing this on my local WordPress. The site ‘Ada Design’ is my fictitious design agency
On to the first step we go…
1. Install Ultimate Member and activate it
Click on Plugins > Add New and search for ‘Ultimate Member‘
Once the install has finished click Activate
2. Access the dashboard
Now that you have installed the plugin it will appear on your side menu, hover over the Ultimate Member text then click on Dashboard
The dashboard allows you to keep track of all your users.
3. How to add users
Click on the Add New button on the dashboard page.
After clicking the button you’ll be taken to the Add New User Form. Fill in your new user credentials and change the role to Administrator so the user is unrestricted viewing pages.
Click the Users link on the dashboard to view the user you just created. I had already had created a user with admin privileges below.
4. Take a look at the new pages created automagically
Ultimate Member plugin makes life easier for you by creating pages. Click on Pages to see them, anything appended with UM is a new page that Ultimate Member has created.
5. Add Login & Register pages to the Menu bar
In order for users to access your membership site, you need to add the newly created Login & Register UM pages to your menu bar. Go to Appearance > Menu
Once you are there you will need to click on the create a new menu link, call your new menu an appropriate name like Ultimate Member just so you know exactly what it is for.
Have a look at the Pages section and select the pages you want to be displayed on the Top Nav. The below screenshot shows that I ticked Register & Login pages and that the display location is set to Top Nav. Depending on your theme, you may have different options as to where the navigation can be displayed, so just keep that in mind. Lastly, click the Save Menu button!
Visit your site and see that the register and login pages are displayed, positioned correctly and clickable.
6. Login as your new user
Navigate to your Ultimate Member Login page, by clicking on the Login link you just added to your homepage. You can also access it by going to Pages click on the Login – UM Login page then click the permalink.
Now Log in with the user credentials you created previously.
Click the Login button!
Note: If you are redirected back to the WordPress dashboard click “Visit site > Login” and then you will see this page
7. Add Account Information
Once you click on the Your account link displayed will be account information for the user to fill.
Note: it’s best practice to not add a space in your username, unsure why I did this!
Click View profile and upload a cover photo.
To upload a profile photo click on the faceless grey circle and click upload photo
This looks much better