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Members: Manage Custom Profile Fields


Custom profile fields are fields defined by you which will show on a members profile. We've included some basics such as AIM with IP.Board, but you can customise these or add your own.


Managing Fields

To manage your custom profile fields go to Admin CP --> Members --> Manage Custom Profile Fields

Here you will see a list of all your custom profile fields separated into their groups.
You can edit or delete any field by choosing the appropriate option from the dropdown menu. You can also reorder fields by clicking and dragging on the arrows on the left.


Adding a Field

When adding or editing a field, you will have the following options:

  • Field Type
    • Drop Down Box - Use this for fields where you will have lots of options. For example, if you were adding a "Country" field, you would use this option.
    • Radio Buttons - Use this for fields where you will have only a few options. For example, if you were adding a "Gender" field, you would use this option.
    • Text Input - Use this field where the user will type in a short amount of text. For example, if you were adding a "Real Name" field, you would use this option.
    • Text Area - Use this field where the user will type in a large amount of text. For example, if you were adding a "Biography" field, you would use this option.
  • Profile Group
    This is the group that the field will be part of.
  • Profile Icon
    You can use this to add an icon for the field. For example, we display the AIM logo next to the AIM field. You should enter a path from the public directory - for example, "style_extra/cprofile_icons/profile_aim.gif". If you do not want to have an icon, you can leave this blank.
  • Maximum Input
    If you are using the "Text Input" or "Text Area" type, you could use this field to specify the maximum number of letters a person can provide. If you are not using these types, or do not want to impose a limit, it can be left blank.
  • Display Order
    This is the position it will show in. For example, if you enter 1, it will display first. You can leave this as it is and re-order fields from the manage fields screen if you like.
  • Expected Input Format
    If you enter a value here, the user will only be able to enter a value that matches the pattern you enter. For example, if you type "nnn" they will only be able to enter a value that is three numbers, no more, no less, with nothing else. This field can almost always be left blank.
  • Option Content
    This is used if you are using the "Drop Down Box" or "Radio Buttons" box. Enter the possible options, with one on each line, preceeded by a key. For example, if you were creating a "Country" field you might do:
    usa=United States of America
    uk=United Kingdom
    ca=Canada
    au=Australia

  • Other Options
    The other options allow you to specify who can see and edit the field and if it's required. For example, if you wanted to ask a member a question on registration, but only make that information available to administrators, such as "Real Name" - you would select YES for all fields apart from "Field can be edited by the member?" - which would be no.
    Most of the time, these fields can be left as they are.
  • Topic View Format
    This is used to display the field underneath a member's avatar next to all of their posts. If you do not want this, it can be left blank, or you can use one of the examples to display it.
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