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.
A User Directory That Links to User Profiles
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.
How to Create Your WordPress Member Directory With Profile Links
Step 1: Set Up User Profiles
When using AccessAlly’s searchable Member Directory, you can customize what information is shown in the profiles that appear in the search.
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
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.