Multisite: First and Last Name when Add New User

Hi there,
I noticed that for some reason, when adding a new user in wp-admin, it does not contain all the regular fields of a single site installation. I require the First and Last Name fields when I am creating new users. Why does it disappear in multisite installs? And how do I get it back?

  • Adam Czajczyk
    • Support Gorilla

    Hello damiko

    I hope you're well today and thank you for your question!

    The registration/signup form on Multisite is different than then one on single installs, indeed. It only requires username and an e-mail address as it's more like "an invitation to join the network" so user gets an e-mail with a link and after clicking on it they're "activated" and can set their own profile data.

    You, as a super admin, can edit that data (e.g. first and last name) anyway but that means first adding the user and then editing her/his profile separately.

    That said, I've asked our developers if they could help with "adding back" that data to the back-end user registration page. They'll look into it and let us know here so please keep an eye on this ticket for further information.

    Best regards,

  • damiko
    • WPMU DEV Initiate

    Okay, thanks for your reply!

    That's how we are currently editing the names, but because the admins are adding all the users manually, it makes for a clumsy process. I'm hoping there's a way to re-enable these fields in multi-site.


  • Konstantinos Xenos
    • Rubber Duck Debugger

    Hi damiko !

    WordPress does provide a hook for the Network -> Add User but unfortunately not for the Subsite -> Add User forms.

    In any case you can try adding this code into your functions.php ( preferably the child-themes ) and it will show 2 additional fields when adding a user via your Network interface if that's ok with you.

    // Adds the extra fields on the Network Registration
    add_action( 'network_user_new_form', 'add_name_lastname_in_ms' );
    function add_name_lastname_in_ms() {
    	form#adduser table:first-child tr:nth-child(3) {
    		display: none;
    	<table class="form-table">
    		<tr class="form-field">
    			<th scope="row"><label for="first_name"><?php _e( 'First Name' ) ?></label></th>
    			<td><input type="text" class="regular-text" name="user[first_name]" id="first_name"/></td>
    		<tr class="form-field">
    			<th scope="row"><label for="last_name"><?php _e( 'Last Name' ) ?></label></th>
    			<td><input type="text" class="regular-text" name="user[last_name]" id="last_name"/></td>
    		<tr class="form-field">
    			<td colspan="2"><?php _e( 'A password reset link will be sent to the user via email.' ) ?></td>
    // Inserts the fields into the database from Network Registration
    add_action( 'network_user_new_created_user', 'update_name_lastname_in_ms' );
    function update_name_lastname_in_ms( $user_id ) {
    	if ( ! empty( $_POST['user']['first_name'] ) ) {
    		update_user_meta( $user_id, 'first_name', sanitize_text_field( $_POST['user']['first_name'] ) );
    	if ( ! empty( $_POST['user']['last_name'] ) ) {
    		update_user_meta( $user_id, 'last_name', sanitize_text_field( $_POST['user']['last_name'] ) );

    I hope this helps a bit!


  • damiko
    • WPMU DEV Initiate

    Hi Konstantinos,

    Unfortunately, that code didn't seem to work. Either way, that's not going to work for us anyways, as we need the functionality within sub-sites.

    Is there perhaps a front-end plugin that you are aware of that will allow admins to create users from there? I am using buddypress, so I could integrate it into the existing dashboard. Ideally, a front-end plugin would contain the additional fields.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks for you help!

  • Predrag Dubajic
    • Support

    Hi damiko,

    Sorry to hear above solution doesn't work for you :slight_frown:

    I did some research but I'm afraid that I don't see any out of the box solution that would do this for you.
    Something like this might help but I'm not if it will completely fit your needs.

    This will most likely require custom development to get it working in such a specific way, you can check for custom development with Codeable:

    Best regards,

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