Handling user management on WordPress is a piece of cake. Would you trust me?
I’m going to demonstrate you why.
In our previous article, we have talked about how to manage the membership websites and restrict contents for users.
In this article, we continue talking about how to improve WordPress user management.
Here is our top list of 20 free plugins that add a lot of features to standard WordPress functionalities, improve the security of your WordPress website, help you to save time while developing and keep track of what your users do on your site.
Further further ado, here is your list!
You of course know that you have to pay attention to your password choice, creation of a strong password and keeping it in a safe place.
But how do you know how much attention your users pay to that?
The discovery of one of your users’ password, even if the user has no privileges, could be the first step for a hacker attack.
Think also what might happen if someone who wants to damage your blog discovers the password of your editor or author.
This plugin makes sure that your users use strong passwords.
WordPress User Management Made Easy: Eonet Manual User Approve
This plugin changes the new user registration process.
When a user signs up on your site, he or she does not receive credentials right away.
An email is sent to the administrator, who can approve or reject user registration. The user receives an email when the administrator changes the registration status. If user registration is approved, he or she receives login credentials.
This plugin is useful for private and paid membership websites, also for avoiding fake account registration.
We have covered the process in a separate article.
If you want to manage the redirection of users after login, Peter’s Login Redirect will help you do that.
You can define a set of redirect rules for specific users, filtering them by roles and capabilities, and a default
You can also set a redirection after user registration and create a dynamic URL for each username.
If you want to keep track of your website activities, this is the easiest plugin that you can activate on your website.
It is very easy to use and provides a detailed history of everything that happens on your WordPress site: user logs, user activities, version history, and much more.
You will be able to track everything that your logged-in users are doing.
You will be able to keep track of what was added, removed, updated, or changed.
If you want a more advanced solution, you can also look at User Login History.
This is another good plugin for WordPress audit logs.
It is a little bit more complex than the previous one, but it provides more information.
This plugin is focused on your website security and generates a security alert when a user performs a suspicious action.
This is a useful plugin that allows you to limit access to dashboard filtering by user role.
You can choose to totally block access to the dashboard or limit access to it, for example, by showing only the user profile page.
You can set a redirect URL for restricted content or add a custom message on the login page.
We know that WordPress allows logging in to an account from different sources contemporaneously and disallows only the contemporaneous modification of the content – to avoid data inconsistency.
This plugin allows only one access at a time, so it deters members/subscribers from sharing their accounts with others.
It is useful for automatically destroying old sessions and prompts old sessions to log in again if they want to continue.
WordPress backup? Have you thought about that?
You should. This plugin from WebToffee is the go-to.
With this plugin, you can export WordPress users by generating a CSV file.
You can not only use this solution if you want to migrate your website to another location, but you can also use that as a safety backup.
User Role Editor is probably the most complete free plugin to manage user capabilities.
You are able to easily change user capabilities for roles. You can also add new roles and customize their capabilities according to your needs, from scratch or as a copy of another existing role.
All you need to do is check or uncheck the capabilities that you want to enable or disable for the current role.
If for some reason you do not want to use the previous plugin, a good alternative is WPFront User Role Editor, which allows you to create new roles, rename roles and customise capabilities for each role.
Delete Me allows your users to remove themselves from your site.
When the plugin is activated, the cancellation link is displayed in the user dashboard. If s/he confirms it, the account is removed.
You can set which roles are able to remove themselves.
User Switching is particularly useful for user testing or at the development stage.
It allows you to switch from one user to another, save the steps of log out from the current account, or log in to a new account.
If you want to add custom fields to a user page, this plugin is a good fit for your purpose.
It allows you to extend the user profile by easily creating user meta-fields. These fields can be used during the registration process or by editing one’s own profile page in the WordPress dashboard.
Geo My WP is another great WordPress user management plugin. It provides you with an interactive user map.
First, and foremost, it supports BuddyPress Geotagging, ie. allow users of your site to easily add location to their profile and then be found on a Map.
But it also supports post types maps, proximity search forms, Google Maps autocomplete, and much more.
Want to surcharge your users’ capabilities? Try out Ultimate Member. This plugin is your go-to. One thing important: this plugin is not integrated with BuddyPress and doesn’t intend to be.
The plugin allows you to add gorgeous user profiles page. It is a very flexible solution and a
The features include:
- Front-end user profiles
- Front-end user registration
- Front-end user login
- Custom form fields
- Conditional logic for form fields
- Drag and drop form builder
- User account page
- Custom user roles
- Member directories
- User emails
- Content restriction
- Conditional nav menus
- Show author posts & comments on user profiles
- Developer friendly with dozens of actions and filters
Want to go further and even manage your clients? Want to create a proper Customer Relationship Platform?
Take a peek at WP ERP’ CRM solution.
This plugin makes it easy to add Facebook Messenger chat to your website, no hassle. The integration takes no more than 2 minutes.
Want a very simple yet versatile and flexible chat system? Look no longer than Wise Chat.
The plugin integrated with BuddyPress and offer a wide range of features.
- Easy installation: The chat can be installed using a convenient shortcode, widget or PHP function. Multiple chat installations can be embedded on the same page.
- Mobile ready: Fully responsive design and mobile-ready interface.No external server required: There is no need to set up, maintain or pay for a server. Regular hosting is sufficient.
- Unlimited Chat Channels: Let people post messages in dedicated chat rooms (called channels). Run multiple channels either simultaneously on the same page or on separate pages.
- Private Chat Channels: Make individual chat channels private by protecting them with a password. Only users that know the password could access the channel.
- And much more: backup, spam management, etc.
User Feedback on WordPress: Feedier
Want to take your solution to the next level? You need feedback.
Because most feedback solution out there are boring, Feedier came up with a very innovative and attractive solution. It bundles a reward management program with a laser focus on the user experience.
Definitely check it out. The team will be happy to introduce you to their WordPress plugin.
You can use one or more of. the below gamification:
- Points: give points to your users based on their activity
- Achievements: award your users with badges for completing specific requirements
- Ranks your users based on their points
Aside from this extensive list of 21 plugins to stay on top of your WordPress users, I wanted to give you a list of powerful integrations with SaaS softwares that are available through a plugin:
Mailchimpfor WordPress: very efficient and easy way to manage your subscriber list directly from your website
- Hubspot for WordPress: leverage the power of Hubspot’ CRM on your website
- Easily install a
livechatmodule on your website using Helpcrunch’s free plugin
We have, hopefully, demonstrated that dealing with users on WordPress is a no-brainer.
Now, it’s your show. Get your hands dirty and tell us how it goes.
Want an all-in-one WordPress solution to manage your users but also collaborate, manage projects, organise a knowledge base?