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Separate Registration Forms by Usergroup

Separate Registration Forms by Usergroup
02/05/09 (Edited 03/11/14)

Sometimes you may want to ask different registration questions to people depending on what usergroup they're registering to. For example, a site might have "buyer" and "seller" usergroups which need to collect different information.

First, create the additional usergroups you want at Admin Panel -> Members -> Manage Usergroups. Then select them as allowed registration usergroups at Admin Panel -> Members -> Member Settings.

At Admin Panel -> Themes -> Manage Templates, you can create custom templates for each of the special registration forms. Copy the regular registration template and modify it as desired.

Find the usergroup selector:
<td class="labelscolumn"><span class="labels">{LANG_PROFILE_USERGROUP}:</span></td>
<td class="optionscolumn"><select name="usergroup">{USERGROUPOPTIONS}</select></td>
Replace that with a hidden input field specifying the usergroup number applicable to that form:
<input type="hidden" name="usergroup" value="6" >
for group #6 for example.

You'll also need to add a couple more hidden input fields (anywhere, but let's say just above the submit button) to make the special template stick on an incomplete form submission reload:
<input type="hidden" name="TID" value="templatename" ><input type="hidden" name="custom" value="yes" >

Replace templatename with the name of the custom template.

Finally, replace the standard registration template with a list of links to the special registration templates:

<a href="register.php?custom=yes&TID=buyerregistration">Register in the buyers group</a>
<a href="register.php?custom=yes&TID=sellerregistration">Register in the sellers group</a>

That's all.

Description How to have people use a different form to sign up depending on what usergroup they want to join.
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