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Create a registration form with Ninja Forms

These days, no website is complete without a contact form. What better way is there to start a dialogue with your followers and customers?

Boasting over 1 million active installs while maintaining a 4.5-star rating at the time of writing is Ninja Forms. Ninja Forms claims to be the most user-friendly form builder. Having clients such as Lucasfilm Ltd., The New York Times, and Harvard University doesn’t hurt either.

But what if you’re loving your Ninja Forms, and yet you’re wishing you can register users to your site? Well, sit tight. In this article, you’ll learn how to use the Uncanny Automator Pro plugin to create a user registration form with your Ninja Forms.

Before starting

Creating a registration form requires a recipe that can add a new WordPress user. This feature is available on the Pro and Agency pricing plans.

If you need to brush up on the terminology, please read about recipes, triggers, and actions.

There are two parts to the process. The first part is to build our form so we can gather the registration input. The second is to make our recipe (triggers and actions) that will register the user in WordPress.

Build the form

1. From your /wp-admin/ dashboard, navigate to Ninja Forms > Add New.

Add new Ninja form

A page of template choices appear.

2. Select Contact Us.

Ninja Forms Contact Us template

3. Delete the Name field.

4. Add a First Name and a Last Name field from the USER INFORMATION FIELDS.

Ninja Forms user information fields

6. Keep the Email field.

7. Delete the Message field.

8. Change the Submit button text to “Register”.

9. Navigate to Advanced > Display Settings.

10. Change the FORM TITLE to “Ninja – Simple Registration Form”.

Your layout builder should look similar to this.

Ninja Forms simple registration form

9. Click the PUBLISH button to make the form live.

Now that you have a form, we can add it to a page using the shortcode or the Ninja Form Gutenberg block. Then, we’ll see something like this.

Completed Ninja Forms registration form

Well done! We’re ready to move on to the second part.

Create the recipe

1. From your wp-admin dashboard, navigate to Uncanny Automator > Add New.

Uncanny Automator v2.1.4 add new recipe

2. Select Anonymous for the recipe type.

This needs to be anonymous because we want to create a new WordPress user. Logged-in users cannot create new users.

3. Click Confirm.

Uncanny Automator anonymous recipe type selected

Learn more about Anonymous recipes.

4. Name your recipe “Simple registration form using Ninja Forms”.

5. Select Ninja Forms for the integration.

Automator Ninja Forms trigger

Note: We can only have one trigger for an anonymous recipe.

6. For the trigger, select A Ninja Form is submitted.

Automator anonymous recipe trigger for a Ninja Forms submission

7. For the form, choose our Ninja – Simple Registration Form that we made in part 1.

Automator trigger Ninja Form selection

8. Click Save.

That’s it for the trigger. Next up, the action.

9. Next, select New User for Actions will be run on...

New user selection action for Uncanny Automator recipe

You should now see a form displaying the standard WordPress user account fields: first name, last name, email, username, display name, password, and roles.

For the first four fields, we want to grab the data from our Ninja Forms form. Let’s do the first name together.

10. Click on the asterisk icon (*) on the right-hand side of the First name field.

Uncanny Automator field token selector

This is the token selector. Tokens act like handles to the data in the form. Tokens will get filled-in later with actual values when the form is submitted.

So, for the First name field for our new user, we want the First Name token from our Ninja Forms form.

11. Select Ninja – Simple Registration Form that’s highlighted in blue.

12. From the dropdown menu, click on First Name. You’ll see the first name token appear in the text field above.

Automator recipe action set user first name

Follow the same steps for the Last name and Email fields except you’ll want to select the corresponding token for each. For example, choose the Last Name token for the Last name field and the Email Address token for the Email field.

We want our usernames to be the same as the email.

13. So, for the Username field, select the Email Address token.

14. Leave the Display name blank.

For the password, we want the user to reset it before logging in for the first time. We’ll get to that in a bit.

15. So, leave the Password field blank too.

16. Keep the default Subscriber selected for the Roles field.

17. Click No for the Log the new user in? field.

18. Click Do nothing for the What to do if the user already exists field.

19. Click Save.

When you’re done, your new user data form should look like this.

Automator recipe set user completed

OK. We created our form, did our trigger, and we just finished defining our new user fields. Now, on to our last ingredient—the confirmation email.

20. Under the Set user data section, click on Add action next to the lightning bolt icon.

 

Automator add action lightning bolt icon

A set of available integrations will be displayed. We’re going to have WordPress handle this.

21. Select WordPress from the set of integrations.

 

Automator WordPress action selected

22. In the dropdown, select Send an email.

We’ll get another form to fill-out. This time it’s an email template.

23. Keep the Send an email to at the top and the From and To fields set to their default values.

24. Add your Subject.

25. Compose your message.

For the Body, we get a text editor complete with a token selector icon to work with. That means we can pull in data from WordPress and our Ninja Forms form to compose a personalized message. In my example below, I’m grabbing tokens to personalize the first name and the username. Then, I include a reset password link courtesy of WordPress.

26. Click Save.

Completed WordPress and Ninja Forms email action

Our last step is to make our recipe live. We’ll need to click on all three Draft toggles displayed on our recipe page.

27. Click on each toggle to make them live.

The first one is in the Anonymous trigger block at the top. The second one is for our WordPress email towards the bottom of the Actions block. Finally, the third one is for the entire recipe and it’s located in the right sidebar under the Recipe details.

A complete Automator recipe for a Ninja Forms registration form

Congratulations! You now have a user registration form that will:

  • Create a new WordPress account.
  • Send a personalized confirmation.
  • Provide a password reset link.

Summary

Here are the important things we covered:

  1. Creating a simple Ninja Forms form that takes a First Name, Last Name, and Email.
  2. Creating an anonymous recipe in Uncanny Automator that’s triggered when the Ninja Forms form is submitted.
  3. Setting up the recipe action to automatically create a new WordPress user.
  4. Crafting a custom email autoresponder that sends the account details to the new user.

This is just a simple yet powerful demonstration of how Uncanny Automator can supercharge your contact form. Check out our in-depth blog post on creating registration forms with free form plugins to learn more.

Next steps

Once the basic user registration form is in place, you can add additional actions to the recipe and even add extra fields to the form to capture additional details for the user. Using the Set user meta WordPress action, you can add form data directly to the user’s WordPress profile.

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