[wp-hackers] Members Database

Alex Hempton-Smith hempsworth at gmail.com
Mon Jun 28 21:18:24 UTC 2010

Yes, each member will have quite a bit of meta (mailing address, telephone)
which I was going to have as usermeta, would it be unwise to do that? I keep
hearing that with the flexibility of WP core its inadvisable to create
tables, that you can achieve it all under the hood.

The first iteration of the membership database was a custom table, but that
was before we needed to have WP user accounts. Also, the usermeta system
built in is far more flexible if we need to add extra stuff in later...

-- Alex  (Hempsworth)

On Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 10:11 PM, Brian Layman <bulk at thecodecave.com> wrote:

> You could certainly hack something in and use the WordPress user table and
> user meta. However, if your full membership list is something totally
> separate from your WP/BP list - I'd be tempted just to maintain it in a
> seperate table with the specific columns you need.  I would assume that you
> have data like mailing address, home address, phone number and etc that
> isn't needed in WP/BP.  I think I'd keep all that separate and maybe have a
> field for WordPress ID in that table.
> It's hard to make a recommendation without knowing the situation better,
> but
> that's my first thought.
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