Customize Your WordPress Login, Registration, and Profile Pages With These Plugins

Customize Your WordPress Login, Registration, and Profile Pages With These Plugins

The default WordPress registration and login pages are fine if all your building is a basic site with a handful of users. However, if you often work on client projects, creating custom pages is a great way to exceed their expectations and make life easier.

Ensuring users can sign up, login, and check their details, without ever seeing the back end of WordPress, provides a more comfortable (not to mention less confusing) experience.

On top of that, you get to control the style and function of these pages, ensuring their design matches the rest of your site.

You can also add in any extra bits and pieces you might need – such as extra profile fields to a barebones registration form.

In today’s post we’re looking at some of the best front end profile, registration, and login plugins for WordPress.

This way you can create fully customized pages, all without editing a lick of code! The most you’ll have to do is copy and paste a line.

So without further ado, let’s crack into it.

Starting with:

Plugins For Customizing The WordPress Login Page

The default WordPress login page is plain and boring.

Which is just how it should be.

After all, it’s the entry point for millions of sites around the world (all with their own designs) so it has to be ready to accommodate any kind of site.

Unfortunately, WordPress hasn’t evolved to the stage where you can customize the login page in the back end yet.

The good news is, adjusting how it looks can be made easy with plugins.

*Side note: If you’d prefer code-based customizations, our post “How to Completely Customize the WordPress Login Page” walks you through all of the snippets you need to change. Everything from the background on the login page, to updating the fonts, links and images.

A look at a unique login page
The power of creating your own unqiue WordPress login page.

But as promised, this article is all about that “codeless” life.

So here are some fantastic WordPress plugins that let you customize the look and feel of your login page:

  • Branda

    Branda is a great plugin to use to help your sites remain consistent and professional

    There’s a reason Branda is one of our most popular plugins.

    It’s easy to use and you can make quick customizations, allowing you to stamp your brand on yours or your client’s site.

    For example, you might start by selecting from one of the pre-designed templates:

    adjust your login screen background using Branda

    You can then adjust the content of your login page.

    This could be elements like your logo and background of the page. As well as the login form fields and even the content of your error messages.

    change up the settings of your content with Branda

    Once you’re happy with the content, you can completely redesign your login screen with custom design elements, colors, and fonts.

    adjust the design elements of your WordPress login page
    adjust the colors of your login page
    Example of a custom login page
    Create a beautifully customized login page with Branda.

    If needed, you can also use Branda to white label other areas of your website, like your admin areas, widgets, and other aspects of your front end. Check out the video below to see Branda in action:

  • LoginPress

    Next up we have LoginPress, which uses the WordPress customizer to help you (you guessed it!) customize your login pages.

    This also means you have a live view of any changes and customizations as they’re made.

    customize your login page using the customizer

    You’ll see that the plugin gives you plenty of customization fields to choose from. All helping you adjust the overall layout and appearance of your WordPress login page.

    Everything from the logo, background image, and reCAPTCHA – to the look of login error messages, forgot error messages, registration error messages, forget password hint messages, and more.

     

  • Colorlib Login Customizer

    Similiar to LoginPress, you can adjust the look and feel of your login page with Colorlib using the WP customizer.

    You also have access to the expected customization options. Each of these options allow further customization (as with the other plugins above) once you click through.

    Select from a bunch of different customization options

    For example if you want to add your own logo to your login page, you can add your image, give it a “hovering title,” and add a link to your logo if required.

    Customize the logo shown

    Next, you might choose to change the layout of your login page.

    As you can see you can divide your page into columns, change the width of your columns, and adjust the alignment of your form.

    Adjust the layout of your page and the login form

    Interested in Colorlib Login Customizer?

Plugins For Customizing Your WordPress Registration Forms

Giving your registration form a custom look is (as I’ve mentioned) a straightforward way to make it feel more integrated into your site.

Also, like the login page, you can make code changes yourself if you wish.

But for the rest of you, here are some of our top picks for custom registration form plugins:

  • BuddyPress

    BuddyPress plugin

    You might be surprised to find BuddyPress on this list since its primary purpose is to create a social network type of community.

    The reason why this plugin is helpful lies in the way it replaces the default WordPress registration form with its own creation.

    For example, the default BuddyPress registration form adds a custom password field which asks users to select a password and adjust its strength:

    buddypress lets you add additional password fields

    You can also add an unlimited amount of custom fields which are stored in a user’s profile.

    Just for fun, I added a “favorite color” drop down field, and a “what are your goals?” checklist field:

    you can add more fields to your register page using BuddyPress
    what it looks like when you add custom fields

    Here are some of the other types of fields you can create:

    • Text box.
    • Multi-line text box.
    • Date selector.
    • Radio buttons.
    • Multi select box.

    Overall, if you’d like your site’s registration form to add password and custom fields, this plugin is well worth installing.

  • Profile Builder

    To get started with Profile Builder all you have to do is paste the “register page” shortcode wherever you’d like your registration fields to be shown.

    However, you don’t have to create a new page, because by default this plugin sets you up with a registration page.

    Add the profile builder shortcode and your registration form will be all ready to go

    As you’ll see below, the shortcode comes pre-loaded with several registration fields.

    A preview of your registration page

    If you want to adjust the fields displayed, you can do this through settings. You can also add additional fields that aren’t set up as defaults:

    Choose which fields you wish to show
    Examples of the fields you can add to your forms

    If you’d like to create custom fields and add other features, they’re available as premium upgrades.

    With this plugin, you also have the option to enable extra features such as:

    • Front end password recovery.
    • Enabling users to login with their username or email.
    • The ability to set a minimum password strength for users when they’re registering.

    Finally, another great feature is the ability to choose who sees the WordPress admin bar when users are logged in.

    Choose who sees the admin bar while logged into wordpress

    Interested in Profile Builder?

  • Pie Register

    So what happens if you need a customized registration form and a front-end user profile?

    Rest assured, Pie Register does not flake on you one bit.

    To start with you can manage your registration fields, which by default, come with the fields you’d expect.

    If you want to change the order of your fields, you can simply drag and drop until you’re happy.

    Select which fields you'd like to feature on your registration page

    Over to the right, you also have the option of adding a whole lot of other fields.

    Anything from Re-Captcha and Math Captcha, to checklists and drop downs.

    Add more fields if required

    Users are also able to edit the information they registered with on a front end page of your choosing.

    Simply paste the shortcode on your designated user profile page:

    Drop in the shortcode for a user profile page

    This will set up a simple user page where basic settings can be easily changed.

    Users can then edit their profiles

    As mentioned, you can update your profile from the front end in WordPress without using a plugin. We just think plugins make things much easier.

    The Pie Register plugin also allows you to:

    • Enable PayPal payments.
    • Customize user and admin notification emails.
    • Block the wp-login.php page and have users login in to a custom page or widget for extra security.
    • Enable two-step email verification.
    • Customize CSS.
    • Hide the WordPress admin bar from subscribers.
  • User Meta

    With the User Meta plugin, you can create custom registration forms with unlimited amounts of fields.

    The form submission is then emailed to the admin and also made available for a given user’s profile.

    This free plugin also includes the capability of creating a front end profile page for users to view and edit.

    The form builder has a drag-and-drop interface with many options available, including making the submission of the fields of your choice only viewable by admins.

    Adjust the fields you wish to display on your registration or profile pages

    Aside from the usual fields, you can also add unique fields like checkboxes and drop downs.

    Add extra fields

    Once you’re happy with the fields just paste the shortcode where you want it, and check out what your live page is looking like:

    Enter the shortcode on any page you wish to be a registration or profile page
    What your page will look like live

    If you’d like to enable other fields such as captcha, file upload, country, or a completely custom field, there is a premium upgrade option.

    Many other settings are made available if you upgrade as well, including custom email notifications and Multisite functionality.

  • Registration Magic

    Registration Magic is a free plugin enables you to create custom login, contact, and registration forms.

    It’s also really easy to install and use. A form can be created in seconds and then displayed on a page with a short code.

    This plugin makes creating forms easy.
    Create a range of different forms, then paste the shortcode to activate them.
    select the fields to go in your form
    Adjust the fields shown on your forms.
    Adjust the design of your form and fields
    Customize the design of your fields and forms.

    Adding features like reCAPTCHA and capturing a form user’s IP address and browser info can be enabled on the settings page.

    This plugin also has many unique options for creating custom forms, like creating an auto-responder and page redirection after a form is submitted.

    Create an autoresponder to go with your forms

    If role-based forms is a feature you’re after, you’ll have to upgrade. Same goes for a file attachment field, and form analytics.

    Interested in Registration Magic?

Plugins For Customizing Your WordPress Front-End Profiles

The last step is customizing your front-end profile forms. This could be making basic changes, to completely changing up the style and function of your forms.

There are certainly some great options out there for doing just this. However, we think there’s only one plugin you’ll need for this task.

And yes, it just so happens to be our own pride and joy…

  • Forminator

    Forminator is a free plugin that allows you to create forms, polls, submissions, quizzes, and order forms.

    Its drag and drop interface makes building forms exactly how you want a breeze. You also have access to tons of unique form field options (see below).

    start by choosing the form fields

    You can then easily adjust the appearance and style of your form:

    Forminator makes it easy to build forms
    Adjust other settings like font styles

    And if needed, Forminator’s powerful API can also be accessed for free to build your own custom extensions.

    Want to let your visitors share a post submission without needing access to the WordPress dashboard?

    With Forminator users can submit post ideas from the front end of your site, so you can easily curate and publish their thoughts.

    A live view of a post submission form

    As well as this, Forminator supports integrations with third-party apps such as Zapier, Google Sheets, Mailchimp, and many other email marketing apps.

    You can also collect payments with Stripe or PayPal with the plugin.

     

Breathe New Life Into Your WordPress Forms

Just like that, you’re now armed with the plugins needed to create your own custom WordPress pages and forms.

Whether you’re looking to overhaul the look and style of the usually dull WordPress login page, or if you want to add more fields and functionality to your registration and profile pages. The plugins on this list will help you do it.

You also have versatile plugins like Forminator which can help you do a bit of everything when it comes to forms and pages.

Most importantly, you can do all this without needing to be a magician with the coding.

And let’s not forget about your users.

You’ll make their lives easier by providing a comfortable and hassle-free experience when they sign up, login, and check their details. All without them having to see the back end of WP.

Again, if you want to learn more about creating custom and front end features, check out our other posts: How to Customize the WordPress Text Editor to Look and Function Like Your Front-End and How to Completely Customize the WordPress Login Page.

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Jenni McKinnon
Jenni McKinnon A copywriter, copy editor, web developer and course instructor, Jenni has spent over 15 years developing websites and almost as long for WordPress. A self-described WordPress nerd, she enjoys watching The Simpsons and names her test sites after references from the show.
Rick Crawshaw
Rick Crawshaw Rick is a copywriting and marketing fanatic who calls the beautiful land of New Zealand home (yes, it's as stunning as you've heard). When this kiwi's not making words sing off the page, you'll likely find him stuck down a weird YouTube rabbit hole, or bingeing throwback 90's sitcoms.
How far have you taken login, registration and profile customizations? We'd love to see your sites. Feel free to share examples in the comments below.