Is there a way to send the updated/added values from profile, when a member/user updates his/hers data, to the admin of the site or another emailadress?

Can this be the first step?

/* do something when user edits profile */
add_action('personal_options_update', 'notify_admin_on_update');
function notify_admin_on_update(){
  // send a mail with the updated values to [email protected]

What is best pracice to send emails from within WordPress?

1 Answer 1


you got the first part right about using personal_options_update but to be on the safe side add edit_user_profile_update also. and as for sending emails within WordPress the best way would be to use wp_mail, So something like this:

add_action( 'personal_options_update', 'notify_admin_on_update' );
add_action( 'edit_user_profile_update','notify_admin_on_update');
function notify_admin_on_update(){
    global $current_user;

    if (!current_user_can( 'administrator' )){// avoid sending emails when admin is updating user profiles
        $to = '[email protected]';
        $subject = 'user updated profile';
        $message = "the user : " .$current_user->display_name . " has updated his profile with:\n";
        foreach($_POST as $key => $value){
            $message .= $key . ": ". $value ."\n";
        wp_mail( $to, $subject, $message);
  • Your if statement will assign 1 as the current user id, thus making anybody who updates a profile temporarily an administrator. Instead of using user id numbers, it makes more senese to check for permsissions: if( !current_user_can( 'administrator' ) ) Mar 16, 2011 at 14:19
  • Thanks, Bainternet and John P Bloch! I used: if ($current_user->ID != 1){
    – Fredag
    Mar 16, 2011 at 15:43
  • I have a second question to this issue:
    – Fredag
    Jun 16, 2011 at 9:02
  • I have a second question to this issue: The above suggestions works well but I want to only show/email the data that was updated, not all of the users data. And is it possible to email the data when a specific field has been updated.
    – Fredag
    Jun 16, 2011 at 9:09
  • that going to be hard since you don't have a compression point for what the data was before the update, but you can.
    – Bainternet
    Jun 16, 2011 at 10:46

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