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Adding custom profile fields in WordPress (fully automatic)

By admin | October 17, 2011

Custom profile fields are additional custom-defined fields in the WordPress usermeta database that permit us to store additional information about a user. To add custom profile fields, add the following line to your functions.php in your theme folder:


Now create a new file called customfields.php in the theme folder (the same folder as function.php) with the following contents:


function get_extra_profile_list() {
return Array(
/* Add your custom fields, here like follows:
'slug_of_the_field_here' => 'Field name for display',
'address' => 'Address',
'favouritecolour' => 'Favourite Colour'

add_action( 'show_user_profile', 'extra_user_profile_fields' );
add_action( 'edit_user_profile', 'extra_user_profile_fields' );

function extra_user_profile_fields( $user ) { ?>
<h3><?php _e("Extra profile information", "blank"); ?></h3>

<table class="form-table">
foreach(get_extra_profile_list() as $key => $value) {
<th><label for="<?php echo $key; ?>"><?php _e($value); ?></label></th>
<input type="text" name="<?php echo $key; ?>" id="<?php echo $key; ?>" value="<?php echo esc_attr( get_the_author_meta( $key, $user->ID ) ); ?>" class="regular-text" /><br />
<span class="description"><?php _e("Please enter your $value."); ?></span>
<?php }

add_action( 'personal_options_update', 'save_extra_user_profile_fields' );
add_action( 'edit_user_profile_update', 'save_extra_user_profile_fields' );

function save_extra_user_profile_fields( $user_id ) {

if ( !current_user_can( 'edit_user', $user_id ) ) { return false; }

foreach(get_extra_profile_list() as $key => $value) {
update_usermeta( $user_id, $key, $_POST[$key] );

Now if you go to “Users” under your administration and edit a user, the additional profile fields will show up at the bottom of the edit page.

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Topics: PHP | 5 Comments »

5 Responses to “Adding custom profile fields in WordPress (fully automatic)”

  1. Pancho Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 15:24

    Thanx for the code, but how can I show the new field of the profile on the theme? but just the new field.


  2. admin Says:
    December 19th, 2011 at 23:03

    The following snippet

    $id = $user->ID; /* the user ID here */
    $key = 'address'; /* Key here e.g. 'address' */
    echo esc_attr( get_the_author_meta( $key, $id ) );

    Looks like it should do the job – but you probably need to tweak it πŸ™‚

  3. Ahmed Says:
    September 26th, 2012 at 11:22

    that was very useful, helped me a lot


  4. Cindy Says:
    December 13th, 2012 at 17:47

    Great information! I was wondering how to ensure that an Editor user role would be able to see the custom fields that I added? Right now I can only get Administrators to see them.

    Thank you!

  5. admin Says:
    December 15th, 2012 at 20:24


    Change the “edit_user” to “edit_pages” in the line

    if ( !current_user_can( ‘edit_user’, $user_id ) ) { return false; }