I want to add some more profile fields to Wordpress. It works fine with normal text box:

<input type="text" name="gender" id="gender" value="<?php echo esc_attr( get_the_author_meta( 'gender', $user->ID ) ); ?>" class="regular-text" /><br />

But of course, I don't want my users to enter "male" or "female". So I need a select box! :)

May you please help me with how I have to change the code above to get a select box?!

Thanks a lot!

1 Answer 1


Place the following code in your functions.php

    add_action( 'show_user_profile', 'show_extra_profile_fields' );
    add_action( 'edit_user_profile', 'show_extra_profile_fields' );

    function show_extra_profile_fields( $user ) { ?>
        <h3>Extra profile information</h3>
        <table class="form-table">
                <th><label for="gender">Gender</label></th>
                    <select name="gender" id="gender" >
                        <option value="Male" <?php selected( 'Male', get_the_author_meta( 'gender', $user->ID ) ); ?>>Male</option>
                        <option value="Female" <?php selected( 'Female', get_the_author_meta( 'gender', $user->ID ) ); ?>>Female</option>
    <?php }

    add_action( 'personal_options_update', 'save_extra_profile_fields' );
    add_action( 'edit_user_profile_update', 'save_extra_profile_fields' );

    function save_extra_profile_fields( $user_id ) {
        if ( !current_user_can( 'edit_user', $user_id ) )
            return false;

        //typo fix
        update_user_meta( $user_id, 'gender', $_POST['gender'] );
  • Perfect! Thank you very much! There was just a "save" to much - here: add_action( 'edit_user_profile_update', 'save_save_extra_profile_fields' );
    – Philipp
    Nov 21, 2011 at 9:23
  • how can we change the order of the extra fields? I like it to be the first even before Personal Options
    – alex
    May 17, 2013 at 9:16
  • Thanks for working code @Joshua Abenazer. I need this field to be displayed in my woocommerse user edit account page. Any idea how i could do that please?
    – Ana DEV
    Mar 25, 2016 at 13:13

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