Update User

WordPress allows adding user data via its dashboard (backend) and using plugins such as the JetFormBuilder plugin, which updates users’ data via forms (front end) using the Post Submit Actions settings.

Displaying Users’ Data via WordPress Dashboard (Backend)

WordPress accumulates users’ data and displays them via its dashboard on the WordPress Dashboard > Users tab. In turn, the JetFormBuilder plugin collects user data according to the columns’ names (i.e., Username, Name, Email, Role, and more). To update data manually, select the user and press the “Edit”  button. After changes, press the “Update User” buttons.

backend view of the users data

Updating Users via Forms (Frontend)

To update user data via forms, create or edit a form with necessary blocks (or use premade patterns) and select the “Update User” option from the Post Submit Actions


The Hidden field with the Current User ID option set is necessary for the correct work of the form.

update user action settings in jetform block

Press the pencil icon to edit the “Update User” option from the Post Submit Actions.

edit post submit action settings

Specify the fields to be updated for users of certain user roles and publish the form. For instance, in the example above, the corresponding fields are selected from the appropriate drop-down menus.

edit user data fields

The Edit Action tab displays the following options:

  • The Fields Map group shows all fields of the current form and includes fields displayed on the WordPress Dashboard > Users tab: User ID (will update this user), Email, First Name, Last Name, and more.
  • The User Role drop-down menu allows you to select the role available for update from the Editor, Author, Contributor, and Subscriber options. Read the tutorial on Changing User Roles via Forms (here, Administrator by default). 
  • The Message Settings help to specify the messages that will be sent if passwords mismatch, email exists, the username is incorrect, etc.

Select the “User” option from the “Source” drop-down menu and the “Current User” option from the “Get User ID From” from the General Settings of the form.

Here, the following fields were specified for update:

  • post ID ー User ID (will update this user);
  • Name ー First Name (i.e., only the first name of the user will be changed, but not the full name);
  • E-mail ー Email;
  • Password ー Password.

These fields coincide with the names of the columns in which the user’s data are displayed via the WordPress Dashboard.  Add the form to a page using the JetForm widget. Watch the video to learn How to Add WordPress Form to any Page Builder using the JetFormBuilder plugin.

jetform widget added to a page

Update the page and update the user’s data.

user data updating on the frontend

Navigate to WordPress Dashboard > Users to see the changes.

user data updated on the backend

That’s all about updating users via JetFormBuilder forms (front end) and displaying the collected data on the backend.