I want to give points to users to their activities like writing posts, writing comments, etc.

I thought to use user meta to store points.

I know that I can use add_user_meta...

But the problem is, there are many ways to register a user for my site like normal reg form, buddypress reg form, Admins can add via admin panel and many more.

So it is hard to add add_user_meta to every where.

Is they any way to add a user meta for all current users and future uses with a default value?

  • I actually don't get the problem. Why having many forms of registration have an impact on how you use an API? Apr 9, 2016 at 17:22
  • @Mark Thanks for the comment. I have to call add_user_meta functions in every registration options.. Even I have to call it when users are added via admin panel. Because of I have more than 7 registration options it is little bit hard to add it every where. That is my problem.
    – Sugantha
    Apr 9, 2016 at 17:40
  • also worth checking out some of the mycred and other points plugin code to see where they hook into for awarding points.
    – majick
    Apr 10, 2016 at 9:18

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Trying to detect when a UI was triggered, is indeed the wrong general approach (unless you want to tie to the UI). A proper one will be to hook on the user_register action.

add_action( 'user_register', 'wpse223196_registration_save', 10, 1 );

function wpse223196_registration_save( $user_id ) {

   add_user_meta($user_id, 'score', 5);


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