Howto use the Profile Manager: Revision

1. Add a new Profile type

This can be the types of users/types of user profiles you are expecting on your site. It helps to categorise your users as an admin. Also it helps the users to fill-up different Profiles enabling him to explain more about him/her. It also helps admins as well as members to search your users according to their profile types selected ( you have to enable "Show as filter on 'Members' page" for that).

Eg: of Profile fields I have used in my site are : Student Profile, Professional Profile, etc..
Give a Name, label and Desciption and hit save.

"Name" is shown only to the admin
"Label"is what is shown on member profile edit area
"Description" Gives an idea to the user, what is meant by selecting the profile type.

2. Add a new Category
Create Categories. Categories are those tabs your member sees with different profile fields on his "edit profile page".
For eg : About Me, Professional, Personal, Social. etc.. (differs according to your site niche)

3. Add a new Profile field
Now you can start creating custom profile fields from scratch. First decide which all profile fields should be shown or belong to which all profile types/categories. Like what would you like your

Professional member to tell the world ( Designation, Office address, Professional mai id etc..)
Student member to tell the world ( College, year of passing out etc..)
Drag and drop them into "Categories".

You can decide by checking and unchecking which all categories should be shown to which all Profile types.
You can also decide by checking and unchecking which all fields appear in search/advance search fields or whether the custom profile search itself should be made possible or not.

Credits for the howto go to jaxcat

Jeroen Dalsem

Owner of ColdTrick IT Solutions, developing social networking sites for the dutch market