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A Look at SocialEngine Profile Questions


Hello and welcome! Today, we’ll introduce you to Profile Questions in SocialEngine PHP. We’ll cover what they are, how they work, and how they can be useful to your community.

What are Profile Questions?

Profile Questions are custom fields or questions that members answer for their profiles. The Profile Questions can correspond to Profile Types in order to have customized questions for different member types. For example, you could have a Profile Type called “Actor” with profile questions that correspond to to the profile type. Examples would be movies, awards, Actor’s Guild Member, etc. You could also have a Profile Type of Director and have pertinent questions for Directors that don’t show on the Actor’s profile and vice verse.

How do Profile Questions Work?

Profile Questions work by connecting specific questions to a Profile Type. As members join your community, they select the Profile Type that they belong in. This then enables Profile Questions that have been set to that Profile Type to show on the member’s profile for them to fill in.

Here’s an example of some basic profile questions filled in on the member profile:


How are Profile Questions Useful?

Profile Questions are a great way to customize member profiles, help connect like-minded members, and sort members. These can be useful for dating, business, sports, music and many other types of communities.

You can choose whether the Profile Question shows on the member browse page, the signup page and the profile. Having these options allows you to control which Profile Questions show in public areas and which ones don’t.

Here’s how it looks on the member browse search section:


As you can see above, Profile Questions can be very useful for your community. With Profile Questions, your members can provide a better view of who they are, their business details, or perhaps even their band info. This versatile feature can be used however you envision – from personal, business, pets, religious or any other type of profile that you’ve set up.

Thank you for spending time with us! If you have any questions, please feel free to post at our community.


  1. mike
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Great feature for any social networking site.

  2. Posted September 1, 2017 at 2:10 am | Permalink

    Thanks Donna for the very useful post.
    Profile Questions can be used for a variety of uses and we have used the SocialEngine profile questions: Location, Gender and the Age in our Advanced News & Activity Feeds plugin ( to choose “Preferred Audience” while posting feeds.
    Under this feature users can choose preferred audience for their posts based on location, gender and age. It is best if anyone is looking for targeted posts.
    This feature is capable to get customized to include more profile questions and take the website at another level in terms of posting and feed sharing.

    Team SocialEngineSolutions

  3. Posted September 1, 2017 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    Thanks! We think so too. Helps a lot.

  4. Posted September 1, 2017 at 3:51 am | Permalink

    Thanks for your feedback.

  5. Heartland Bass
    Posted September 4, 2017 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    How do you show just one Member Type Option in the Search menu on the right , so that group A just sees and browses group A , and hides group B as an option which they are not allowed to interact with but still shows up as a profile type option for them to choose from.

  6. Posted September 5, 2017 at 3:34 am | Permalink

    Please ask questions like this at our community where we can answer better as it’s hard to answer in comments.

  7. Posted September 5, 2017 at 4:40 am | Permalink

    Pretty useful article Donna, grateful that you shared this.

    Profile Fields can be put to a good use when thinking of targetting users with the posts, ads, etc. they help us to segment the target market based on gender or different age groups thus, helping Social Engine community users to concentrate on key segments.

    Our Advertisements / Community Ads Plugin [] enable users to create targeted advertisement campaigns for promotion of businesses, websites, and even content on the site. Basic & Advanced targeting enables targeting on specific as well as generic profile fields.

    Community users will be able to have ‘Targeted Posts’ using our Advanced Activity Feeds / Wall Plugin [] once the upcoming enhancements get released:

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