[wp-hackers] Members Database

Thomas Belknap dragonfly at dragonflyeye.net
Mon Jun 28 20:34:58 UTC 2010

Hmm... I don't think I get why you wouldn't just make them WordPress users
with random-generated passwords? If they don't have email addresses, you
could just create random_characters at yourdomain.com. Since you can create
members without having to send them verification emails, there's no need for
the email addresses to be legitimate unless you actually do want to bring
their memberships online at some point?

Either way, there must be some way to use the structure WP already has to
make whatever you are trying to do work.

On Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 4:23 PM, Alex Hempton-Smith <hempsworth at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'm building a social network with BuddyPress and WordPress, but I have a
> special use case which I'd like some advice on. This isn't a BP specific
> question though.
> We need a database of 'members', but some will be offline (no need for a
> login, possibly won't have an email address) and some will be online
> (username/password). I'd like to build this on top of WordPress because all
> of the other tools I'm building are WP plugins. There will also be
> different
> 'types' of members, which I will use custom user roles for.
> I have a two options I think:
>   - Custom post type for each 'member', and for online ones create an
>   actual WP user in wp_users, assign that wp_user ID to a 'member' via post
>   meta
>   - Kind of hack wp_users with users who don't have an email address or
>   password (auto generate a username?) - will WP allow me to do this, and
> is
>   it best-practice?
> Does anyone have any better ideas? I'm not totally happy these are the
> best.
> Many thanks,
> -- Alex  (Hempsworth)
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