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Re: wp and bp profile syncing–works only sporadically



What does that plugin do? It has some vague requirements:

Create three news fields that will be used by the plugins (ex. “Member name”, “Member firstname”,”Member bothnames”). I suggest “Member name” to be a required field.

Fill the values of those fields for your profile (the datas for at least one user are needed to setup the plugin options)

Where are you supposed to create those fields? xprofile? In addition to the existing fullname field? You can already do that without this plugin.

wp_usermeta is nowhere in the plugin. That is the table WP uses to store firstname and lastname. Any solution in Buddypress should leverage wp_usermeta or at least synchronize with it imho. This plugin solves nothing.

If you’ve got a repeatable case of BP changes not syncing to the WP profile, please create a bug ticket on

The problem Dan Butcher described looks like standard Buddypress behavior to me. It’s not a bug, it’s a feature, based in Andy Peatling’s design decision that firstname + lastname would cause international incidents.

Below again my hack as I use it in my sites, minus creation + update of a fullname-derived username for user_login, user_nicename, user_url and integration with a mailing list script I use:

function synchro_wp_usermeta($user_id, $password, $meta) {
global $bp, $wpdb;

$uid = get_userdata($user_id);
$email = $uid->user_email;

$fullname = $meta[field_1];
$space = strpos( $fullname, ' ' );

if ( false === $space ) {
$firstname = $fullname;
$lastname = '';
} else {
$firstname = substr( $fullname, 0, $space );
$lastname = trim( substr( $fullname, $space, strlen($fullname) ) );

update_usermeta( $user_id, 'nickname', $fullname );
update_usermeta( $user_id, 'first_name', $firstname );
update_usermeta( $user_id, 'last_name', $lastname );

$wpdb->query( $wpdb->prepare( "UPDATE {$wpdb->users} SET display_name = %s WHERE ID = %d", $fullname, $user_id ) );

add_action( 'wpmu_activate_user', 'synchro_wp_usermeta', 10, 3);

I have this code in bp-custom.php or functions.php, not as a plugin. Adding a plugin header could have caused Dan Butcher’s error messages.

BTW, I’m still looking for code to validate the fullname input for at least a two part name, so make a space required. I now get a lot of users only entering a first name. In that case the lastname field in wp_usermeta will stay empty.

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