Last week I was able to get a minor update to WP-Members completed and released. In addition, I moved the plugin over to wordpress.org for hosting. This allows it to get (I think) better exposure as well as allow users to upgrade from within their WP admin panel. I had the approval from WP quite some time ago, but never completed the set up.
Now I am working on finalizing a bigger upgrade. This was intended as part of the 2.0 release, but because of the amount of work involved, it got put aside. It is probably one of the most requested things I notice when people are looking at membership/restriction plugins. It is the ability to manage custom fields.
My version of this idea is designed to be a big part of WP-Members and not necessarily a “stand-alone” custom field plugin. It’s tricky from the standpoint of integrating the already native WP fields, some of which are required, others optional; and then throwing dynamically generated user defined fields into the mix.
This weekend I completed what I consider to be the biggest chunk of work on this upgrade and that is the end user (non-admin) portion. This involved some significant changes to WP-Members’ registration and profile update functions. Also, I have kept in mind that a good number of you already using the plugin will want to upgrade without messing up your existing registrations. The upgrade will accomodate this by installing all of the fields that are part of the current plugin. NOTE: for those of you that customized this part of the plugin to accomodate different fields and/or required fields, you won’t be left out in the cold. You’ll just need to do one additional step of making new settings to match your existing regstration fields.
I will be completing the admin end of the upgrade this week and I hope to roll out the upgrade by the end of this week. It will be released as 2.2. Because it is material that was planned for 2.0 and because we aren’t changing the core, I don’t feel this warrants a full version update.