Tweaks to user searching and management

A few improvements have been made to user searching and user management in WordPress 4.3 and the upcoming 4.4. Here’s an overview:

  • 4.3: Performing a search on the Users screen now searches the user’s username, email address, display name, nicename, and URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL, instead of just their username and nicename. See #27304
  • 4.4: Performing a search on the Networknetwork (versus site, blog) Adminadmin (and super admin) -> Users screen previously required the use of a * wildcard character at the beginning and/or end of the search term, otherwise the search required an exact match. This is no longer the case, so finding users on Multisitemultisite Used to describe a WordPress installation with a network of multiple blogs, grouped by sites. This installation type has shared users tables, and creates separate database tables for each blog (wp_posts becomes wp_0_posts). See also network, blog, site is no longer frustrating and inexplicably dysfunctional. This, combined with the changes in 4.3, means searching for a phrase such as “” now works as you would expect. See #32913
  • 4.4: It’s now possible to filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output. the Users screen by users who have no role (in addition to being able to filter the screen by individual roles), if there are such users. See #22993
  • 4.4: Users with multiple roles (it’s possible to programatically give a user multiple roles, although this isn’t possible via the UIUI User interface) are now shown as having multiple roles on the Users screen. This helps avoid obfuscation of a user’s roles. If your pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party facilitates the assignment of multiple roles to an individual user, you should test it against trunktrunk A directory in Subversion containing the latest development code in preparation for the next major release cycle. If you are running "trunk", then you are on the latest revision. and look at using the new get_role_list filter introduced in [34963] if necessary. See #22959

Any other improvements you think could be made? Leave a comment.

#4-3, #4-4