Install & Activate Advanced Custom Fields


Ultimate Member has the ability to add meta fields and it has form builders for the front-end. However, Ultimate Member doesn't have custom field builders for the wp-admin > Users > Profile screen. You need a third-party plugin to add fields to the wp-admin > Users > Profile screen. We recommend the Advanced Custom Fields plugin that can add fields compatible with the Ultimate Member form fields.

Install the Advanced Custom Fields plugin

To install the Advanced Custom Fields, go to wp-admin > Plugins > Add New and search for the Advanced Custom Fields plugin, then click the Install Now button.

Once installed, the button will change. Click the Activate button. After clicking the Activate it will take you to your plugins.

Now the plugin is installed and activated.

Advanced Custom Fields Setup

Adding a Field Group

To add a new field group, go to wp-admin > Custom Fields menu and click the Add New button.

In the Add New Field Group, you can set up new Field Group. Enter a title for the Field Group. In this example we used "Billing Address" as the title.

Adding fields

You can add multiple fields under the title. Click the + Add Field button to create a field. Setup your field by filling out the following:

The supported field types in Advanced Custom Fields that you can sync with UM fields: Text field, Text Area, Checkbox, Select/Drop Down, Radio Field, URL Field and Email Fields.

Note: Field Name in the ACF field should match the Meta Key in the UM form field.

Image - Field Name in the ACF field settings.

Image - Meta Key in the Ultimate Member form field settings.

Set up the Field Group location

Below your fields, you'll find the Location. You can create a set of rules to determine which edit screens will use these advanced custom fields.

Note: Location rules must show this field group if the User Form is equal to all.

Once you have finished setting up your fields, don't forget to publish/save them.

The created fields will now appear in the wp-admin > Users > Profile screen.


Test that your fields are syncing with UM User Profile and Admin User Profile. Go to wp-admin > Users > Profile and update the information in the field group you have made, then click the Update Profile button.

Check the user's profile on your site. If the user's information has been updated with the same information you have entered in wp-admin > Users > Profile, then it means that it is working well.


Updated example for ACF version 6.2.2 and UM version 2.7.0

Image - ACF to UM. Adding fields.

Image - ACF to UM. Testing a view and syncing.