3.3 Finish Your Member Registration Form

In our last article, we added elements to the first two groups in our custom Member Registration form. These elements are needed to connect our Fabrik Registration form with the Joomla User Management system. In this article, we will use the J User Plugin to connect our Fabrik elements to their Joomla elements. We will then finish adding the remaining elements needed for our custom Member Registration form.

Connect Your Fabrik Member Registration Elements with their Corresponding Joomla Core Registration Fields
These elements are the basic Joomla user registration fields. However, your Joomla database does not know these elements exist. We need to connect these elements to our Joomla database. Click on Forms and click on your Member Registration form to open it. Then click the Plug-ins tab.


Then click Add. For the -- do -- setting, select juser. For the In setting, select Both. For the On setting, select Both.


A new set of fields will appear below these fields called Binds data to a Joomla user account. It opens in the Fields tab. We will use this area to connect our Fabrik registration elements with their Joomla counterparts. In the Name field, select Member Full Name. For Username, select Member Username. For Password, select Member Password. For Email, select Member Email. For the Joomla Block field, select Member Block. For the Joomla User ID field, select Userid. For the Joomla User group field, select Member User group. For the Joomla Password Reset field, select Member Password Reset. Here is what these 8 fields should now look like:


Then click on Bypass Joomla Settings. Change Bypass Activation and Bypass Registration to Yes.


With these settings the member is created and activated automatically and no email is sent to the user. The benefit is we can cut down spam by leaving the default Joomla Registration process turned off. We also save our Admins from having to log into the back end to turn on the Member activation. The drawback is that no notification email is sent to Admins. However, we will fix this problem by adding a Form Email plugin to send a custom email to any Admins we choose.

Click on the Options tab and change the default Usergroup from Public to Registered. This setting will allow your registered Members to log in and edit their Member profile. Also change Preserve Existing groups from No to Yes:


Click on the Sync tab. Change Delete Users, Sync Users and Sync on Edit to Yes.


With these settings any member deleted by the Fabrik admin form will also delete the user from the Joomla user table. Then click Save and Close.

Create a Signup Success article
Go to Content, Articles and click New. For Title, type: Signup Success! For text, copy and paste: Thank you for joining our community network!. You can now log into our Members area by clicking on the Member Login button in the Main Menu!

Then click Save and Close. Then click on the Hidden Menu and click New. Click Select, Articles, Single Article. Then select the Signup Succss article. For Title, type Signup Success. Then click Save. The full URL will be the Home page of your website plus the link shown in the link box of the Sign Up Success menu item. Test the Success URL to make sure it displays. Then click Save & Close. Here is our URL: https://ourcommunitynetwork.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15

Add the Redirect Plugin to our Member Registration form
By default, when a new member submits their Signup form, they are automatically taken to the Member Login page which issues an error because they are not logged in. This looks really bad.

Thankfully, Fabrik offers a Redirect plugin that solves this problem. Click Fabrik Forms, Member Registration form to edit it. Then click the Plugins tab again and click Add. For Do, select the Redirect Plugin. Change In and Out to Both. Then paste the URL of the Sign Up Success menu item into the Jump page box. Here is our URL: https://ourcommunitynetwork.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15

Then click Save and Close.

Create the Admin Notice Article
We previously created an article called Contact Us Notice to send us an email whenever someone submitted a Contact Us form. We now will create another article to send us an email when someone submits a Member Registration form. As with the previous Notice article, we need to find the full element name of the Member Last Name and Member Email element used in the Member Registration form. Click Elements and filter for the Member Registration form. The full name of the Member Last Name element in our case is

The full name of th Member Email element is:

Next, create a Joomla with the Title: A New Member Just Registered. For text, in the JCE Editor, click on the CODE tab. Then copy paste:

A new member just registered to Our Community Network. Their member last name is: {ace_member_registration___member_last_name} And the member email address is: {ace_member_registration___member_email} This person has been automatically activated and placed in the Registered group. Feel free to delete them if they are spammers - or add them to any additional group. This message will self destruct in 10 seconds. (Just kidding). Regards, Your friendly website Tech Team.

Then click Save. Here is what the result will look like:


Note that we have used the element fullname as a Fabrik placeholder and placed curly brackets around each element. Placeholders will help the Member Coordinators link which Notice is associated with which new Member. Click Save and Close.

Add the Admin Notice Email Plugin
Go to Fabrik, Forms, Member Registration Edit and click the Plugins tab again. Then click Add and select the Email plugin. Change On from BOTH to NEW. For Email to type in the email addresses of one or two people who should be notified that a new member has been added.

Place a comma after each email address except the last:


When a new Member submits a form and becomes a registered Member an email will now be sent to each of these people. Then click on the Options tab. In the From box and Reply box, use a custom email that is from your domain name. We will use the email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For the Subject box, type: A new user has registered on Our Community Network. For the Article Template box, select the article A New Member Just Registered. Then click Save and Close.

Test the Sync Function
Before we add elements to the other two groups, we will do some testing to make sure the Sync Function works for our existing members. First, in Fabrik elements, filter for the Member Registration form and change Show in List so that only First Name, Last Name, Email and Usergroup show in the list. Then go to Fabrik Forms, Member Registration row and click Update database. Then click View Data. Do not be surprised if there is no records there yet. Click Add. At the top of the page was this notice:


Then click on the back arrow to and you will see that only the Member Emails appear in the list. Click Edit to edit one of the members. Then add a first and last name. Then click Save. Now not only do the first and last names appear, but so does the usergroup. Add first names and last names to all existing members.

Add 4 Elements to the 2 Join our Team Group
Go to the Registration form and click ADD to add another element. For the first element, for Label, copy paste: Accept Rules for Membership For Name, type: accept_rules. For plugin, select radio-button. For value, type: accept_rules. For Label, copy paste: I have read and accept Rules for Membership

Then click Save and New. For the second element label, type: Join our teams. For name, type join_our_teams. For plugin, select checkbox. For group, select 2-join-our-teams. Then in the Options tab, click plus to create 5 options. For values, type membership_team, newsletter_team, information_team, events_team and tech_team. For Labels, type: Membership Team, Membership Team, Information Team, Events Team and Tech Team


Then click Save and Close.

Create a Member City Table
Before we can create our Member City element, we first need to create a Member City Table. This will allow us to easily add more cities if needed in the future. Go to Fabrik Forms and click New. For Label, type Member City. Then click on the Form Processing tab. For Table Name, type ace_member_city. Then click Save. Then click Save and Close. Then for the Member Table form, click on Add button to add a new element. For Label, type Member City Name. For Name, type member_city_name. For Plugin, leave it at field. For group, select Member City. Then click Save and Close. Then in the Elements screen, set the filter to Member City. For Show in List, uncheck time and id and then check Member City Name.

Then go to Forms, Member City, View Data and click Add to add our first City. Type Bellingham. Then Save and Add. Here are the remaining Cities: Ferndale, Lynden, Blaine, Birch Bay, Deming, Everson and Sumas.

Now that we have our Member City table, we are ready to add our Member City to our Member Registration form.

Add the Member City Element to our Member Registration form
Go to Fabrik forms and in the Member Registration row, click Add to add a new element. For the Label, type Member City. For name, type member_city. For plugin, leave it at field and for Group change it at 2-join-our-team. Then click Save and New.

For the fourth element Label, type Member Zip Code. For name, type member_zip_code. For plugin, leave it at field and for group leave it at 2-join-our-team. Then click Save and Close.

Add 2 Elements to Group 3 Member Options
For the first element Label, type Member Options. For Name, type: member_options.

For plugin, select checkbox. For group, select 3-member-options. Then in the Options tab, click plus to create 3 options. For values, type personal_membership, job_provider and service_provider. For Labels, type:

Personal Member Only (View all 4 (or both) Provider Lists – FREE)
Job Provider (Create Job Provider Listing – FREE)
Service Provider (Create Service Provider Listing – FREE)

Then click Save and New.

For the second element Label, type: Additional Questions or Information. For Name, type: questions For Plugin, select Text Area. For group, select 3 Member Options. Then click Save and Close.

Add One Element to Group 4 Prove you are human
We will conclude with a Google spam filter to reduce spam. We will later review how to replace the Google spam filter with a Fabrik custom spam filter.

Get Google ReCaptcha Keys
Using a browser tab open to your Gmail account. Then click the Google Search app, do a search for ReCaptcha. Then click the v3 Admin console. Or if you do not already have a Google developer account, go to the Google Recaptcha site and set up a Google account. Then for Label, type your domain name. Then select ReCaptcha version 2 checkbox. Click on the Plus sign to add a new site. Then click the reCaptcha v2 button.


Then type your domain name to the right of the plus sign. Also type the domain name in the Label line. Then check Accept Terms. (note: you just agreed to be Google’s Slave for the next 10 years). Then click Submit. Copy the site key and the secret key to a document you can find later. Then close the Google tabs. Next go to the Fabrik downloads page and download the Captcha Element Plugin. Then go to Extensions, Manage, Install to install it. Then go to Extensions, Plugins to enable it. Then go to Components, Fabrik and click Forms.

Click on Add to add a new element. For Label, type Are You a Robot? For Name, type: prove_human. Then for Plugin, select captcha. For Group, select 3_prove_human. Then scroll down to the Options tab, Method and click Nocaptcha.


Click on the Re/NoCaptcha options tab. Copy your Site Key and Secret Key into the Public Key and Private Key fields. Change the theme from Red to Clean. Then click Save & Close.

Add Final Instructions to the bottom of the Registration Form
Open and edit the Registration form to add this at the bottom of the form: Once you click the Save Button, you can then log into our website and visit our Members area. Thank you for joining and promoting our group!

Then click Save and Close.

Customize the Appearance of your Member Registration Form
We can use some simple CSS rules to customize the appearance of our Member Registration form. Here are a couple of examples. We will first make the Accept Rules Element text big and bold. We will then hide the Remember Me Text on the Joomla Login Form.

Make Accept Rules Element Text Big and Bold.
Here is the CSS Selector Class as determined by the Firefox inspector:


Note that each element on each form has its own CSS Class. The class is divided into three parts:

fb_el_ stands for Fabrik element

ace_member_registration is the name of the table.

_accept_rules is the name of the element.

Here is an example:


Here is my CSS: Add a dot at the beginning of the CSS class selector. Then add curly brackets around the CSS rules.

.fb_el_ace_member_registration___accept_rules {

font-size: 28px; font-weight: bold; color:#111155;}

Then place this in the Helix Custom Code CSS box. Click Save and Close and view the Registration form again.


Hide the Joomla Log In Form Remember Me Text

The log in form has a check mark box called Remember Me. This places the user name and password into a memory area that might allow hackers to compromise member usernames and password. We can hide this box by adding the following CSS to the Helix Custom Code CSS box:

#form-login-remember {display: none;}

View the Member Registration form in the Fabric Form screen
To see this form in the back end, click Forms, Registration View Data. Then click Add. Here is the top:


In the back end, the Member Usergroups can be selected in the middle section. This section does not show on the Front End Member Registration form. Here is the middle of the form:


Here is the bottom section of our Member Registration form:


Congratulations! You’re done building your custom Registration Form!

What’s Next?
In the next article, we will add elements to our Job Provider form.