Many websites these days have user registration forms that ask different kinds of questions based on the site and user role.
While many sites optimize the form to make it easier to understand and fill quickly, many fail to grab the audience and don’t get many users to fill the forms. That can be avoided by adding custom fields.
To find out why custom user registration fields matter and how to add them, read till the end!
Benefits of Adding Custom User Registration Fields
If you use custom fields, you will get the exact information you need from customers. That information can help you better understand your audience and to better satisfy them when they visit your site.
You can group the data and create a record that will help you optimize your site, its products, and services. With custom fields, one can make the forms more intuitive, quick to fill, and can get you more traffic.
Custom fields also make your forms unique and you can add fields that lead to conversions and better customer response overall!
Two Ways to Add Custom User Registration Fields
● Using a Plugin
Now let’s look at the 2 methods for adding custom registration fields, step by step.
1. Programming on Front-End
You can add custom fields like numbers, questions, and much more to your WooCommerce website by programming. While this method is long and requires programming skills, it is free of cost and you can make as many revisions and edits as you like.
There are multiple sites that offer you codes that you can just copy-paste or you can write your own if you have the skills needed.
To add codes to your WooCommerce site you should follow these steps:
a. Enable the “WooCommerce Registration Form” on your site
Open the WordPress admin panel of your website and go to “WooCommerce” then “Settings” from the left side of your dashboard.
Now click the “Account & Privacy” tab and select the checkbox to allow customers to create an account on the “My Account” page.
Then click “Save Changes” from the bottom and go to the account page. You will see the form for default WooCommerce registration.
b. Open the “functions.php” file
Go to “Appearance” then “Editor” from the left side of the dashboard. At the right, there is a “Theme Files” section. Now click the “functions.php” file you see infront of you and open it.
c. Add the Code
In the “functions.php” add custom fields as you wish by incorporating them in a code and adding them to the file. You can either copy-paste a code or make a new one from scratch. You also need to add validations to your code after adding custom fields.
d. Save the Data to the Database
After all the work is done and you are satisfied with the fields you have added, you need to save the data. For this, you will need to add another piece of code after the last function you added to the PHP file.
2. Using a WooCommerce Plugin
If you don’t want to go through the above hassle or you don’t feel like you are skilled enough to add programs to files on your website, you are not alone! Many people feel intimidated by the process and so they can use another method which is installing a WooCommerce plugin.
Plugins are small pieces of code that can add multiple types of functionality to your site depending on which plugin you choose. For adding custom user registration fields, you can use a plugin and there are many to choose from.
You can try out the Custom User Registration Fields for WooCommerce by Addify, WPForms, or the User Registration plugin by WPEverest.
The Custom User Registration Fields for WooCommerce lets you add custom user registration fields and allows you to apply auto-approval or manual approvals for user roles. It lets you manually approve new registrations and activate email notifications as well.
The User Registration plugin by WPEverest is an easy-to-use plugin with an easy drag and drop form builder letting you add custom and default fields. You also get an email customization option so you can send custom emails to customers after they fill out a form on your site.
The WPFroms plugin also offers a drag and drop functionality, allowing you to create high-performance forms using Smart Conditional Logic. The plugin also stores all your leads in one place making entry management easy.
Installation and Configuration
Using a plugin is quite easy. Follow these steps to install, activate and configure a plugin and get started right away!
- Download the .zip file of the desired plugin from your WooCommerce account
- Navigate to “WordPress Admin” then to “Plugins” and click “Add New”. Now clickon the “Upload Plugin” and then upload the file of the plugin
- Click “Install Now” and then hit “Activate
- After the plugin activates, you will see “Registration Fields” in the admin menu of your site. Just click it to view settings
You can now add custom fields to user registration forms on your website. All without any coding!
In this article, we learned how you can add custom user registration fields to forms on your WooCommerce site and why they are important.
We found out that with custom fields, one can make the forms more intuitive, quick to fill, and can get more traffic. To add custom fields you can either add codes to the “functions.php” of your site or you can use a plugin.
Regardless of the method you use, with time, you will see positive results and will realize how valuable it is for the growth of your brand.