User Essentials

Unmaintained User Essentials 2.8.4

No permission to buy ($35.00)
Compatible XF 1.x versions
  1. 1.4
  2. 1.5
Additional requirements
php 5.4+
Updates duration
12 Months ($20.00 Yearly Renewal + GST for Australian Residents)
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This add-on provides useful user functions and options. Provide your members with additional username, thread, and post functions.
Changing usernames has never been this easy!
Requires XenForo 1.4.x or newer

Feature List:
  • Delete Poll. Moderators and poll creators (when no votes have been cast) can delete a poll via a simple link.
  • Custom User Upgrade Amounts. By setting the upgrade price to 0, you can allow the user to pay any price for the upgrade.
  • Remove Own Poll Vote with optional Time Limit. Those who have cast a vote may remove it (un-vote). This is a usergroup permission which may be set with a time limit (in minutes). Time starts once vote has been cast. Poll must be open and user must have voting permission.
  • User Action Log. Editing of post messages, editing thread titles and/or prefixes, locking/unlocking threads, adding polls, and changing user names, are all logged and displayed via a user log in the Admin Control Panel.
  • Change User Name. Members may change their user name x amount of times by selecting the 'Change User Name' link on their Account page. Option to display previous usernames via a tab on the profile page.
    • Moderation. Option to moderate user name changes. Only moderators with set permission may approve or deny name change requests.
    • User Note. Option for the user to provide a note as to why they wish to change their username.
    • Moderator Note. Option for the moderator to provide the user with a note when approving or denying the name change.
    • Moderator Alerts. Option to alert all moderators to the user's new name.
    • User Alert and Email. Users are notified by alert and email when a decision is made in regards to their name change request.
    • Name Change Cycles. Option to reset the allowed number of name changes every X days.
    • Visible Indication. Option to set the user's custom title to display their previous name for X days in order to allow all members to keep track.
    • Previous Name Changes/Requests Information. Moderators may view the details of previous name change requests. Approved, Denied, and those Pending Approval requests, all display their relevant information in an overlay.
    • ACP User Edit Previous Names.The user edit page in the Admin Control Panel (ACP) displays a list of previous names held by that user.
    • Private Username changes. Allow a username change to be marked as private.
      • New permission: "[UserEss] - Edit user name change privacy"
      • Can only be viewed by admin/moderator or the user, not other users or guests
  • Create Polls Permission to limit who may create polls by user group or node.
  • Add Poll to existing thread. Permission to allow thread authors to add a poll to the their threads at a later date (now default in XF 1.4).
  • Edit Poll. Poll creators can now edit their polls as long as no votes have been cast (now default in XF 1.4).
  • Optional Time Limit permission on editing thread titles.
  • Separate Title and Post edit time limits. Option to allow the editing of thread titles even when the time limit for editing posts has expired.
  • Lock / Unlock own thread. Permission to allow thread authors to lock/unlock their own threads. User cannot unlock threads locked by a moderator.
  • More Options... Thread authors may edit the title and prefix, lock/unlock, or add a poll to their threads by editing the first post and selecting the 'More Options...' button.
  • Per user message/threads per page:
    • Must add a custom user field for each one with the ids "useress_messagesPerPage" and "useress_threadsPerPage". These should be single line text boxes with "Number" as the Value Match Requirement.
    • Use Custom User Fields Permissions to control who can use these custom fields.
  • Limited User Upgrades
    • You can now limit how many of each user group upgrade is available. Once the maximum has been purchased, they'll be hidden from users that don't already own it.
  • Display last recent activity in the user approval queue.
  • Option to prevent admins changing the primary user group
  • Allow admins to see per-user and per-ip account lockouts
    • "Login Attempt Log" log under Tools
    • "Login Attempts" tab when viewing the user profile in the admincp
    • Requires "View Logs" admin permission to view all logs
    • Requires "User" admin permission to delete a single record, or view logs on a user profile
  • Permission-based control of hiding a user's status
  • This add-on does not alter the XenForo xf_post or xf_thread MySQL tables, which means it can easily be installed on large boards.

I recommend using Add-on install & upgrade to install this addon.
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First release
Last update


5.00 star(s) 16 ratings

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Latest updates

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  2. 2.8.3 - Bugfix update

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  3. 2.8.2 - Bugfix update

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Latest reviews

User essentials does what it says it does, extremely well! Xon's support of his products is top notch. You can't go wrong his addons.
Amazing add-on and amazing developer. Never experienced any major issues with any of Xon's premium resources, in fact when I experienced a slight incompatibility on my end, Xon the developer was kind enough to go out of their way and fix something that was not caused by them what so ever. You cannot go wrong with this purchase! Repeat customer here, year after year!
We've enjoyed this add-on for several years and we definitely can't live without it. It has so many useful features that you would assume would be part of Xenforo core but aren't.
If you want to give/sell name changes or use the sin-bin approach then this addon will give you the functions to do that. And much more. This addon has a ton of features.
We've had the Essentials (User Essentials, Moderator Essentials, Conversation Essentials) installed for a long time now.

Recently the number of upgrades made to each is very much appreciated indeed.

When I look at the feature list for User Essentials, for many of the items I'm like "Uh oh this wasn't part of XenForo core?"

The features provided by User Ess have become so ingrained that it's difficult to imagine using the forum without the add-on.

Very few issues over the years, everything works as expected. Glad to recommend.
Great add-on and great support! Thank you very much for maintaining these add-ons and fixing any issues that arise! :)
I've been a user of the three "essentials" mods (conversations, mods & users) for a number of years now, a lot of the awesome additional features/function listed in each are a 'must have' for our staff and users. It's great to see Xon take these mods on for 2017 and keep them current. 5 stars on them all, they really are an essential part of our board.
When an add-on is filling the missing elements of the core, it is legitimate to name it "essential". The "Essential" series of add-ons is a must have for everyone using XenForo. ModEss, UserEss, TagEss, ConvEss integrate seamlessly into the core and you will forget they are add-ons soon after install.
Great addon for all xenforo forums, very useful features. Fantastic support even in difficult situations.
Nice features added in latest version. Allowing users to delete posts in own thread is useful for classifieds forums. Like the "likes you've given" list too. Thanks Mr. Hood!
Glad you like them :)
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