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Username / (Nick)name – I lost it

  • N33D


    Hi there,

    I don’t understand why this is so complicated.

    When people register they are required to enter a username and a name. Their username is not changeable after that, I understand that this is WordPress default functionality.


    1. what is entered at “Username” is shown on someones profile page like: @name
    2. what is entered at “Name” at the register form is filled in the field “First name” and “Nickname”
    3. Display name is set as “Nickname / First name” – since they are the same

    – Why isn’t just the display name used for BuddyPress on someones profile?
    – Or why is the username shown on the members profile since that cannot be changed by anyone?
    – Why is there a field “Username” AND “Name” (which is also required) on the register form? I think having a Username field would be enough which is also automatically the “Nickname”.

    I hope I’m thinking too difficult here and there is some easy explanation.

    Looking forward to someones reply.
    Thanks in advance.


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  • vapvarun


    @n33d there are couple of discussion on removing name field on Trac



    Thanks @vapvarun

    Is there any way to get around this for now as far as you know?

    Appreciate your replies.



    After soong some more research I think I go with the plugin from BuddyDev to make it possible for people to change their username.

    1) There are a couple of downsides: username will not be linked to profile at past activity. And SEO score will get lost. If anyone has a solution for this please let me know.

    2) I want to change the way the username is shown on the site. Now it’s like: @username. I’m building a gaming community and also want a clantag before the name if that is filled in their profile. Is there some function to change this sitewide?



    Let me add this to make my question more clear:

    Now it’s like @{username} and I would change that to just a xProfile field like {Gamertag} so always show another field without the @.

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