Creating a user’s own folder on user registration

The question:

I need a plugin or some guidence on creating a user’s own folder on user registation.

For example…A user clicks on Register and registers … I need wordpress to create a directory which would be linked with this user.

The reason I want to do this is because I am going to work on building a dashboard where a wordpress template will display the contents of this user’s own directory.

Let me explain further step by step: (Note: “Not Req” means I don’t need help with this step)

  1. User Registers and wordpress creates a directory called the same as the username.
  2. User uploads images to that specific directory via ftp or upload – “Not Req”
  3. I create a template that would display the content of the directory / sub (images) in some kind of tree format.

Right now, what I need to do is step 1.

Hope this helps.

The Solutions:

Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.

Method 1

You can use the user_register action to hook into the register proces and then create the user directory with wp_mkdir_p.

function create_user_dir($user_id) {
    $user_info = get_userdata( $user_id );

    $upload_dir = wp_upload_dir();
    $user_dir = $upload_dir['basedir'] . '/user_dirs/' . $user_info->user_login;

add_action( 'user_register', 'create_user_dir');

This example makes a directory in uploads/user_dirs.

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