BuddyPress xProfiles vs WordPress usermeta

Can somebody either explain, or preferably point me to some documentation which explains, the difference between WordPress's usermeta tables and BuddyPress's xProfiles tables?

I'm in the midst of migrating users from a custom community site to BP, and want to know where to put the extra bits of user information.


  • Philip John
    • DEV MAN’s Apprentice


    BuddyPress profile fields are design specifically for use with BP and mainly intended as extra visual information about that user on their profile.

    Whereas WP user meta are pieces of information stored in the database that describe the user. Examples include their user level, their visual editor preference and others.


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