Once activated, USP Pro is ready to configure and use. Technically you can just add a form shortcode and start using the plugin immediately, but it’s a good idea to explore the settings and do some basic configuration.

Video Tutorial

Written Tutorial

While the video tutorial “shows” it best, here also is a written tutorial with more information and details.

Settings Map

Looking at a screenshot of the admin menu, we see three primary parts:

  • USP Settings
  • USP Form Builder
  • USP Posts (optional)

Let’s go through each of these items..

USP Settings

To view/modify plugin options, visit SettingsUSP Pro. The USP Settings are divided into tabs:

USP Settings screen

  • General – basic configuration, users, anti-spam/captcha, category and tags
  • JS/CSS – CSS/styles, JavaScript, and loading optimization
  • Uploads – file uploads, file limits, featured images, and auto-display
  • Admin – email settings, email alerts for admins/users, and contact form options
  • Advanced – form configuration, custom post types, before/after forms, custom error/success messages, primary form fields, user registration fields, and custom form fields
  • Tools – intro/quick-start guide, shortcodes, template tags, resources, and tips & tricks
  • About – plugin info, WP info, WP constants, server info, and user info
  • License – activate license and current status

More information about each of these sections in the Settings Documentation.

USP Form Builder

To build and customize USP forms, visit USP Forms and either select an existing form to edit, or click “Add New” to create a new form. Here is the USP Forms screen:

USP Pro Forms screen

As shown in the previous screenshot, USP Pro includes various Form Demos to serve as examples and working templates. Note also that each form includes its own shortcode which may be used to display the form virtually anywhere. Moving on, here is the Edit Form screen, aka the USP Form Builder:

USP Pro Form Builder

In the second screenshot, USP Quicktags are shown ready and waiting. You can use them to add form fields, fieldsets, submit buttons, custom fields, and everything in between. Learn more about creating USP Forms and Customizing USP Forms.

Note: The USP Quicktags are a great way to add and customize form items as needed. If you don’t see them, try force-reloading the page, and/or clear all cache and cookies and try again. Sometimes it also helps to toggle back and forth between the Visual and Plain Text Editor. Remember to return to the Plain Text Editor before building or editing your form.

USP Posts

USP Pro provides an optional built-in custom post type called USP Posts. You may use USP Posts (instead of regular WP Posts) for user-submitted content. This option is enabled via Advanced SettingsCustom Post Type.

USP Posts screen

As with USP Forms, USP Posts include demos to show how to use shortcodes to display submitted content. No need for a screenshot of the “Add New”/“Edit USP Post” screen because it’s essentially the same as WP’s Add/Edit Post screen for regular (not user-submitted) posts.

Configuring USP Pro

To configure USP Pro, it is recommended to go through the General Settings before adding any forms to your site. Then return to the other settings sections as needed or after familiarizing yourself with basic plugin functionality. For the most part, USP Pro is ready to use out of the box, with plenty of settings available if/when needed.

More information about configuring plugin settings available in the Settings Documentation.