What I want to do:

I want to change the profile (backend) layout. Hide and add personal fields.

What I don't want to do:

Use some dirty javascript hacks to remove fields

Adding fields is actually not a problem. I already wrote a plugin for this.
But now I want to hide some default wordpress fields. I've researched a bit into this topic. It seems there are exactly 2 options to hide fields. Either edit user-edit.php or use JS/jQuery to remove fields.

So.. What about editing user-edit.php and just replace/edit the file again after wordpress updates? Doesn't sound that wrong. I guess it's not that critical. What do you think? Or is there even a better way to handle this?

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What about just targeting with CSS?

tr.user-nickname-wrap { display: none; }

Of course the fields will still be in the source but the CSS targeting will be faster than JS.

You can load your WP Admin CSS this way:

function wse_183286_profile_admin_css() {
    $screen_id = isset( get_current_screen()->id ) ? get_current_screen()->id : null;

    if ( 'profile' === $screen_id || 'user-edit' === $screen_id ) {
        wp_enqueue_style( 'profile-admin-css', '/path/to/your/file.css' );
add_action( 'admin_enqueue_scripts', 'wse_183286_profile_admin_css' );

Unfortunately, I don't think there are hooks provided in WordPress (yet) to remove fields in the clean way you are looking for.

  • Still feels dirty, no? Kinda too hacky imho. I feel pretty good with my custom profile page tbh. Well anyway. Didn't even consider the css way, which is obviously way better than CSS. Thank you
    – Brettetete
    Apr 5, 2015 at 13:30

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