A Closer Look at the New Member List Feature

The Magic Members plugin is constantly introducing new features. One of the latest additions is the new Member List feature. It can be used for a variety of different purposes to enhance a membership site and increase user interactivity. Here is a quick overview of this new feature and how it can be used.

What is the New Member List Feature?

The new Member List feature is an easy way to create a member directory. It is an additional functionality that works with the Public User Profile feature. Website owners can now give members direct access to a full member’s directory. This is a great way to give members the ability to communicate with other members without needing to maintain a full-fledged forum.

How Does the New Member List Feature Work?

To make integration easy, website owners can manage everything through short codes. Here is a quick example of how the short codes can be used.

[user_list use_field=image, first_name, last_name, email, zip use_filter=email, zip, first_name sort_by=id, username, email, reg_date, zip, last_name sort_type=desc, asc page_limit=10]

By giving the website owner a variety of built-in shortcode parameters, the Member List feature is extremely flexible and customizable. The key areas to focus on when using the shortcode is the use_field, use_filter, sort_by, sort_type, and page_limit. These commands are what make the Member List feature so flexible. It gives you completely control over the members included in the list, how they are sorted, how they are filtered, and even the amount of results displayed on a page.

How to Use the Member List Feature?

As with all plugins, just having access to a lot of features isn’t enough. You need to know how to leverage them effectively to justify integrating them into your membership site. Here are a few ways you can use the Member List feature to enhance the perceived and real value of your membership site.

  • Create a Lightweight Membership Directory

The easiest way to use this feature is by creating a lightweight membership directory. Instead of installing an additional plugin to manage this, you can now set everything up in the Magic Members plugin and use short codes to display the information wherever you want. Plus, since the short code uses the user list from Magic Members, you don’t have to worry about manually updating the directory or dealing with incompatibility issues.

  • Improve User Engagement

One of the easiest ways to improve customer retention within a membership site is to get them involved. The Member List Feature gives you an easy way to spur member interaction by making it easier for them to contact each other. Even if they communicate primarily via email, rather than directly on your website, they will always associate the connection they made with your site which improves its perceived value and makes it more likely that they will remain a member for a longer period of time.

Compared to most Magic Member features, this isn’t one that is found on many other WordPress membership site plugins. This could be exactly what you need to give your membership site an edge. Plus, since it is completely reliant on short codes, you gain maximum flexibility to create multiple types of member directories.

1 Comment
  • Jessica says:

    I like the flexibility of this member list feature. Several of my websites have membership directories but there are not a lot of customization options which can lead to members not taking advantage of the directory. For example, one of my websites has a member list but most members make all of their data private because there isn’t an easy way to hide certain types of information by default. Several members have commented to me that they are willing to share their email address but don’t want to share other personal information. This member list feature seems to have the customization options I need to give my members what they want.

    This feature could also be used to build a professional directory which isn’t something I need right now but could be useful for some of the websites I’ve been thinking about. A directory by itself won’t make or break a membership site but I do think it is a helpful feature for certain types of sites.

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