Since version 5.0, the block editor (Gutenberg) has become the default editor in WordPress. This block editor allows you to write the content and live preview it in real-time. In other words, what you write is what you will see on the front end. Gutenberg supports a lot of blocks for content creation. But it’s never enough. WordPress developers still need to create custom Gutenberg blocks for their specific piece of content. And that’s where MB Blocks can help you speed up this process.
MB User Profile is an extension of the Meta Box plugin that allows you to create register, login and edit profile forms in the frontend. It works similar to MB Frontend Submission, but for the user profile. These forms can be embeded anywhere using shortcode and requires no custom code.
Custom fields for users, but in the frontend
The MB User Profile extension includes the MB User Meta extension, which allows you to add custom fields to user profile. The disadvantage of the MB User Meta is it works only in the admin area. With the help of MB User Profile, you can create user forms in the frontend where you can edit user information easier than before.
Note that if you use MB User Profile, you don’t need to install MB User Meta.
Unlimited forms, unlimited custom fields
The MB User Profile extension includes 3 shortcodes for 3 types of form: login, register and edit user profile. In each shortcode, you can include any custom fields created by the Meta Box plugin. So, there is no limitation for number of forms or fields in those forms.
For example: you can create 2 login forms using the provided shortcode for a sidebar widget and for the header. You also can create 2 user profile forms: one for general information, one for back accounts.
You can use the shortcodes to display user forms anywhere on your website – whether inside a page content, text widget or within a custom PHP function (use do_shortcode). It’s flexible and user-friendly.
All field types are supported, including not only basic fields, but also advanced fields like wysiwyg, date time picker, slider, or file upload. You can use the MB User Profile to create a very complicated form if you want. Beside, the clone feature works!
Creating user profile form with drag and drop builder
With the help of the Meta Box Builder extension, you can create user profile form without touching a line of code. Simply go to Meta Boxes → Add New and add any fields you want to. Then go to the Settings tab and select “Show meta box for users”:
Customize a field by selecting it to access a ton of options. No coding required.
Select where to put your meta boxes and when they should appear or hide.
Please note that you need to purchase the Meta Box Builder first in order to use the builder for user profile. If you already purchased a bundle, then the builder is already in your account. You can just start using it for user profile.
MB Custom Table is an extension of Meta Box plugin that helps you to save data to custom table instead of the default post / user / term meta table. All meta values are saved in a single row, and each column will be a meta key. This reduces the number of rows in the database which can cause a performance issue when the data grows. And let you have all of your data in one place, so you can easily view, edit, import, export it.
Why custom table for custom fields?
By default, WordPress uses meta tables for storing the meta data (custom fields). In order to satisfy a wide range of needs, WordPress use a flexible database structure, where each custom field is stored as a row with 4 columns: meta_id, post_id, meta_key and meta_value. While it seems to be fine at first, when your data grows, the number of database rows increase very fast.
Let’s take an example: If you’re using WooCommerce, each order (a custom post type) requires more than 40 custom fields as follows:
Imagine if you run a flower shop, and have 20 orders per day, then WordPress will store 20 * 40 = 800 rows in your database. After 1 month, it will be 30 * 800 = 24.000 rows, for just 30 * 20 = 600 orders.
What if we can store all the custom fields in a single row? Something like in the first screenshot, where each custom field takes only 1 column in the database. Therefore, with the case of WooCommerce orders, you only have 600 rows in the database for 600 orders. Besides, all the information about a single post can be viewed at once.
What are the benefits of this method?
Your database size will reduce
As all the custom field data is on a same row, your query will be faster and simpler
You can view all the data at once using any database management tool
You can export all the data easier by exporting only one table
In order to achieve these goals, MB Custom Table extension is all you need.
MB Custom Table provides a simple API for you to create custom tables and store custom fields to custom tables. It works with all field types of Meta Box plugin as well as all meta types (post, user, term). The extension uses a simple syntax to define table and you won’t have to change your meta box definition.
See how to save WordPress custom fields in custom tables
Save WordPress Custom Fields in Custom Tables | Meta Box Tutorial
MB Revision extension for Meta Box allows you to track changes of the custom fields for post revisions: saving, comparing and restoring data from revision. It supports all field types, including groups and provide an easy way to see the changes in each revision.
The WordPress revisions system stores a record of each saved draft or published update. The revision system allows you to see what changes were made in each revision – what was added, what remained unchanged, and what was removed. Lines added or removed are highlighted, and individual character changes get additional highlighting. Click the ‘Restore This Revision’ button to restore a revision.
By default, WordPress tracks the changes only for post title and post content. The MB Revision enables the tracking for custom fields as well. If you store a lot of data in the custom fields, and want to see the changes that your users made, this is the extension for you.
Why tracking revisions for custom fields is important?
Because your data is not only post title and post content! For a large websites, creating pages such as landing pages, project pages requires custom data, which are stored in the custom fields. They’re very important that modifying them carelessly might cause a big decrements of leads or sales. So you need to make sure every time you edit, you do it right.
Another situation is when you website has many users that can edit the content. What if someone changes a field while he’s sleepy or distracted? How do you know who did that when it happens?
For those reasons, to prevent unexpected changes in the website content, you need to track revisions for all kind of content you might have.
How does the extension work?
The plugin does 3 things:
Automatically copies the values of the custom fields from the parent post to the new revision when the parent post is updated.
Shows the changes on the revision comparison screen. You will see the changes of custom fields below the post title and post content. If the value is an array (cloneable, group field), you will see JSON-encoded of the array. We think JSON is quite good for human reading. Because we can see not only the structure, but also the real data.
Restores the values of the custom fields from a revision to the parent post when users restore from a revision.
To enable revision support, all you need to do is adding 'revision' => true to meta box configuration. The extension will handle the rest.
MB Frontend Submission is a Meta Box extension which lets developers create custom forms so users can submit posts on the front end of a website.
The extension supports both traditional post fields and custom fields, and you can also embed forms anywhere on your site using shortcodes — with no extra coding required.
Front-End Forms Made Easy
No matter if you’re the website owner or if you’re the user submitting content: everyone gets to breathe a little easier with Frontend Submission.
Your Fairy Godmother Has Arrived
When you have multiple people submitting content to a website, managing editor accounts and user permissions can be a huge hassle. Having custom details and posts submitted from the front end is a quicker and cleaner solution.
When users contribute their content via a front-end form, the submission can be reviewed from a single location before publication similar to how comments work in WordPress core.
Your contributors’ post submissions will be neatly organized for fast and fearless publication in a way that even the most finicky stickler can appreciate.
It’s all the magic with no wand needed.
Skip the Set-Up
Before MB Frontend Submission, you would have to use extensive custom code to display the form on the front end, and manually control how and where it saves vast amounts of variable data.
Now who has time for that?
With MB Frontend Submission, everything is handled: no extra redirection code.
Just insert the shortcode to add the form and let the extension do the rest.
You can use Frontend Submission to create a flawless, user-generated content system. You’ll be able to relax while details, data and documents roll right in from the front end of your site.
Down to the Last Detail
There are endless ways you can customize your forms to collect all the details you need with a light amount of effort.
Below are just a few ways you can use Frontend Submission to get organized without missing a beat.
Choose the Place and Time
Use Front End Submission to let users submit properties for rent, sale or whatever your business specializes in.
The Map, Image and Video field types are all great ways to show off some real estate – all from a single page.
A Penny for Your Thoughts
Leverage crowdsourcing since it’s a great way to compile content, especially when everyone has an opinion. Use FrontEnd Submission to have users submit individual book, movie, album or other kinds of reviews that are displayed with an overall rating.
Use the Sliderfield type or a number system as well as a Text Area to let your users rate, rant and rave!
The internet is such an amazing way to promote connection, and help facilitate trades and shares: why not create a platform that helps people do both?
Use FrontEnd Submission to let folks post their belongings, giveaways, and even their time or resources so you can help more people connect and get what they need.
Award for Supporting Role in Post Management
Although it’s built for custom fields and custom meta boxes, MB Frontend Submission fully supports post creation and management as well.
Use MB Frontend Submission to create or edit posts without any limitations.
It’s a blockbuster solution for post submission.
The extension also supports these post fields:
ID (in case you want to update an existing one)
Status (if you want to auto-publish submitted posts or put them in the review queue)
Content (using a WYSIWYG editor)
Date (with a date/time picker)
Need categories and tags? Post taxonomies can be handled by custom fields in the core Meta Box plugin with the taxonomy field type.
MB User Meta is an extension for the Meta Box plugin which allows you to add custom fields to user profile like user address, user billing info or custom avatar.
User Profile Made Easy:
WordPress by default offers us a very limited information of user name, email, bio. For a large website with complex data, that is not enough. For example, if you have a real estate website, then you might need more information about brokers:
Contact info: mobile phone, work phone
Projects that they completed
If you run an e-commerce website, the information about sellers is critical. It includes but not limited to:
Verification status from the website owner
Location: address, city, state
Contact info: hotline, mobile phone
Without a tool to handle user meta, developers have to spend a lot of time writing custom code to add/edit user meta. MB User Meta will help you save your time on coding and maintenance the code, keeping you focused on the logic.
Uses native user meta API of WordPress, which means you can query, get or edit it with other code as well.
Uses the same UI from WordPress
Uses a wide range of available fields for users with a vast amount of options.
Uses the same syntax of Meta Box when working with user fields. No more learning curve!
When developers have to enter the information for a shop or a restaurant, there must have much information like address, state, suburb, post code, latitude, longitude, etc. It is a slow and time-consuming work. Meta Box Geolocation provides a better way to enter these data automatically and properly.
With Meta Box Geolocation, no more complex work with Google Maps API. The only work you should do is just registering your desired fields (address, postal code, country, etc.) as normal fields in Meta Box. Whenever users enter an address, all the information for that location will be pulled from Google Geolocation and filled in other fields automatically.
And due to the google large database, it will be the exactly correct.
Auto populate all location fields when user enter an address
No location database required
Not fast, it’s INSTANT
Powerful binding template: Sometimes, you want to save complex data into 1 field. For example: state + country. With binding template, you can do that easily.
MB Admin Columns is an extension for the Meta Box plugin, which allows developers to show custom fields in the posts, terms and users lists in the WordPress admin area. You can set the column position, column title, make it sortable and/or searchable.
When develop WordPress themes, plugins or customizing a website, adding custom columns to the admin screens for entire posts or custom post types is one of the common tasks. The custom admin columns allow users to have a better overview of the content. For example: if we have a custom post type Book, then should need to show Book Author, Publisher, Number of Pages, Category in columns in the All Books screen (as shown in the screenshot above). By default, WordPress only displays a very limited content (title, date) on that screen and that’s not enough.
With MB Admin Columns, the task is resolved quickly. You just need to specify which custom field is displayed and leave the rest to the plugin. You can also change the column title, set its position and make it sortable or searchable.
Supports posts, terms and user
Since version 1.1.1, the MB Admin Columns supports not only post meta, but also term meta and user meta. You can use the plugin to display additional information for terms and users in the term list table and user list table.