I recently had a user ask how he might be able to push a user to PayPal without the need to click the “Continue to PayPal” button. Since the extension relies on the PayPal IPN system and is intended to avoid the need for setting up payment gateways and the headaches of managing user’s financial transactions, the primary thing you give up is reducing the steps to complete the transaction. So I thought the question was an interesting challenge. This post provides the code snippet that was the result. [Read more…]
This code example is similar in both the code used and the concept as what was outlined in Force User to Update Password from Randomly Set Password. The main difference here is that we are looking for the user to update required user fields that may not yet be complete.
This may be useful in situations where user data is imported into the site but may not be fully complete and you need the user to update (or confirm) their information before continuing to use the site. [Read more…]
This tutorial is an extension of the tutorial Generate Random User Display Name and Nickname that describes a process to generate random display names for users. In this tutorial we will explore how to add a process to the User Profile page that would allow users to select a new randomly generated display name from a list of choices.
The concept here is that we don’t want users selecting their own display names so that they fit within a specific rule set. Preventing the user from choosing their own display name that fits the rule set makes it easier to manage.
This is a good tutorial for anyone that wants to build more complex user dashboards, but to implement it you should familiarize yourself with the part 1 of the tutorial as this will only be extending that process. [Read more…]
This process is similar to the customization Redirect User On First Login. The difference here is that this forces the user to change their password from the randomly set password prior to being able to continue using the site. This would occur for initial password sent when registering as well as if a forgotten password is reset. [Read more…]
One thing I love about WP-Members is how versatile it is. Because of this it gets used in many applications that I did not really envision when I first released it in 2006. Recently, I had a support user ask about something that I am surprised has not come up before involving using alternate display names and/or nicknames for users because the user base is made up of minors (children).
This made total sense to me and I understand the needs of sites that have to protect identities of users, especially minors. In this particular case, the suggestion was made to create random values for the user’s display name and nickname that was used on the site.
Here is a set of scripts that will allow you to generate random display names for users. The given example uses colors and numbers creating results such as red22 or blue99, but this can be adapted to use as many different words as you would like and can also use more than two digits. It tests for name uniqueness, not allowing duplicate results, and also includes scripts for allowing users to update their name as long as it remains unique. [Read more…]