Can anyone suggest tutorials or URLs where I could find information about how to create a custom members area in WP? I mean when a member is logged in I would like to show him something that is different from standard WordPress members area interface (design).

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    What would you like to change? The dashboard? The write post section? Do you want a brand new area entirely? You need to be a little more specific. Dec 5, 2010 at 16:36
  • I mean a brand new area, that will look completely different from WP
    – chubbyk
    Dec 5, 2010 at 18:45
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    Well, what do you want though. Just saying a brand new area isn't very specific. You can do it, but depending on what it is Wordpress may or may not be a good solution for it. Dec 5, 2010 at 20:18

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When you will create a brand new area, than it is one solution to use the theme on frontend for the members and make an redirect for the members, maybe differnet in the roles, and leve all members on the frontend. But you can also create new backend-pages and redirect the members to this page. It give also many different plugins for this requirement and tutorials (two examples: 1, 2) for start an solution.


Cristian from Cosmolabs have post a great tutorial on how you can build a custom registration/login and profile page for use in the frontend of your theme, it also have some files to download.

hope it helps,


You may want to try using the WordPress Members plugin to do what you want. Depending on your requirements this can be tricky to implement if you are not too familiar with extending WordPress.

The plugin should provide the functionality you want however ie. a font-end page to manage their profile from.


Don't really get your queston! If you're going to put member area on front-end! You can do it as a widget, or as a page and use custom template for that page! Or you can edit theme yourself, and put that member section there! But better way is you define a sidebar at that position, and make a widget then assign it to that sidebar!

If you want to custom on admin panel! Looking at these links: http://www.noupe.com/wordpress/20-incredibly-useful-themes-and-plugins-to-boost-your-admin-area.html It has lots of resource for you!

Also, look at this links to understand about admin theme and how to custmize it http://codex.wordpress.org/Creating_Admin_Themes

Or look at this http://www.catswhocode.com/blog/10-wordpress-dashboard-hacks

It should be enough for your to dig into now ;)


The problem really is in the user sessions (in my humble knowledge about the subject). Because Wordpress already has user sessions for its own admin users, it's difficult to create a new login-session membership functionality and make it decent. If you wanted to compromise, you could make a login area for a page, and just let it "log the user out" whenever they refresh or move to a new page.

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