Customize Your WordPress Login, Registration, and Profile Pages With These Plugins
The default WordPress registration and login pages are fine if all you are 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 your life easier.
Ensuring users can sign up, log in, 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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
Once you’re happy with the content, you can completely redesign your login screen with custom design elements, colors, and fonts.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
As you’ll see below, the shortcode comes pre-loaded with several registration fields.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
This will set up a simple user page where basic settings can be easily changed.
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.
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.
Aside from the usual fields, you can also add unique fields like checkboxes and drop downs.
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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).
You can then easily adjust the appearance and style of your form:
And if needed, Forminator’s powerful API can also be accessed for free to build your own custom extensions.
Forminator also has registration and login options. You can customize how a user can register and then login.
Check out this video for a detailed walkthrough on setting up login and registration forms using Forminator:
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.
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, log in, 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.