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[Guide] WordPress Member Directory With Profile Links

Guide to AccessAlly's WordPress member directory feature with profile linksWith AccessAlly, you can create a searchable WordPress member directory that showcases custom user profiles.

This is a powerful feature that can be used solely for your logged-in members or as a public-facing directory that you show to the general public.

This guide will walk you through each step of the setup process, and link out to the corresponding in-depth tutorials so you can get your own member directory designed and set up in no time.

An Overview of the AccessAlly Member Directory Features

Screenshot of WordPress Member Directory Page

As a membership site owner, online course creator, or course participant, the more opportunities you have to engage with the course material – and other participants – the more likely you are to follow through and commit to actually completing the course or training.

One way to establish this community and increase engagement is with AccessAlly’s WordPress member directory. Use it to create a socially engaging environment for active membership subscribers.

When someone becomes an active subscriber and receives their own unique login info (either by signing up for a free course or purchasing to access a paid one), they can customize how they want their profile to appear in the

The member directory then compiles the profiles each WordPress user on the site, displaying select information from each user’s profile.

Each member can then sort through the results and find members to connect with.

Before we dive into the how, let’s look at what you can do with AccessAlly’s member directory functionality:

  • You can have any number of different directories, both public facing or private for members-only
  • Set up tag-based filters that people can select to show only certain groups of members
  • People can search any field you make “searchable” in member profiles
  • Members can edit their own profiles, as well as opt out by applying or removing their own tags as needed
  • You can set up a “second level” of filtering
  • You decide in which order to list the members: alphabetical, random, based on credit system points, or based on tags

As you can see, this is a pretty powerful WordPress member directory implementation, that’s fully integrated with your CRM’s tags. Now let’s take a look at how we can accomplish these things (many of which are optional if you just want a simple member directory to start!).

Step 1: Set Up User Profiles

Screenshot of WordPress Member Directory Profiles

When using AccessAlly’s searchable Member Directory, you can customize what information is shown in the profiles that appear in the search, and allow users to update their own information

Learn how to set up your user profiles in this tutorial: How to Set Up Profile Pages (For Use With Member Directories)

Step 2: Create Filters

Screenshot of Searchable Directory

Next, you need to designate which of your members you would like to appear in the directory itself–and how it can be searched.

An example use case of this feature is if you wish members to be able to search the directory by location… in which case you would set up filters so that the searcher can simply check which location (State, Province, etc.) they’d like to see results for.

Learn how to create these filters in this tutorial: How To Set Up the Filters For Your Searchable Member Directory

NOTE: We’ve received many questions from clients who wish to create a location-based directory. If this is something you wish to do, please review this tutorial first to understand the parameters of what may or may not work for you.

Step 3: Create Your Searchable Directory

Finally, it’s time to put all the pieces together and configure the directory itself. Here you can customize the appearance of search results, add your filters from Step 2, and create a beautiful member directory page.

Learn how with this tutorial:

Remember: Enable the link to profile page setting (tutorial here), if you want your user directory to be interactive.

Click here to see membership directory examples and get inspired for your own member directory.

Updated on February 11, 2020

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