How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
The Profile area lets you configure your name and how to display it on your website or blog, your e-mail address for administrative purposes, optional personal information, and personal settings.
In this post, you will learn how to change your user profile in WordPress and configure optional personal details.
You will also learn how to create a “resources” box that automatically shows up in the “Author Archives” page of your blog and how to use this feature to better promote yourself and your business online.
How To Change Your WordPress User Profile And Personal Options
At the far right at the top of your screen is the Howdy, User Name section …
Hover over this panel with your mouse and it displays an image of your Gravatar, your name and username, and links to your “Profile Screen” and a “Log Out” link …
Select Edit My Profile…
Alternatively, to access your user profile screen using the main dashboard menu, go to Users > Your Profile …
This brings you to the Profile page …
The Profile page contains various subsections that allow you to view and edit information about your WordPress user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Change Password
Let’s review each of these options …
User Profile Settings
Please refer to the above image as you go through the descriptions below.
Main User Profile Section
1 – How To Access Your User Profile
As mentioned above, you can access your profile by clicking on your username, which is displayed in the top right hand side of the screen, and selecting “Edit My Profile” from the drop-down menu, or selecting Users > Your Profile using the main navigation menu.
Profile > Personal Options
You can typically ignore this section, unless you specifically want to customize aspects of your WordPress site administration area that are only viewable to you (and no one else) such as disabling the visual editor when writing, changing the admin area’s color scheme, or enabling keyboard shortcuts for comment moderation.
2 – Visual Editor
Checking the “Disable the visual editor when writing” box disables the visual editor and uses the plain HTML editor instead.
Tip: If ever you experience any issues when trying to add code to your posts or pages (e.g. HTML), try disabling the visual editor by ticking the checkbox in this section.
3 – Admin Color Scheme
In version 3.8, WordPress introduced a new design feature that allows you to customize the look of your WordPress Dashboard by changing your default WordPress color scheme …
WordPress User Profile: Changing Your Global WordPress Color Scheme
You can select a new color scheme for your WP dashboard area from the default choices provided, or customize the color scheme using WordPress plugins …
Although this will not affect what your site visitors see (themes control the look of your site is controlled by themes) or the functional aspects of your site, this feature can be useful to brand the dashboard with your corporate colors, or allowing users to personalize their own dashboard area.
To learn how to customize your WordPress dashboard, see the tutorial below:
4 – Keyboard Shortcuts
Checking the “Enable keyboard shortcuts for comment moderation” box allow you to quickly navigate and perform actions when moderating comments using keyboard shortcuts.
5 – Toolbar
The WordPress Toolbar displays at the very top of your Dashboard screen and provides you (and your registered users) with access to a number of useful administrative functions, features, information and “quick links” to other areas of your site …
Note: Leave the “Show Toolbar when viewing site” checkbox enabled to display the Admin Toolbar in your WP admin area.
To learn more about the WordPress toolbar, see the tutorial below:
Profile > Name
6 – Name > Username
You cannot change a username in the User Profile area.
You can, however, change your username if you know how to edit your WP database.
You can also change the username inside the WordPress Admin area using a simpler method that requires no messing with code or modifying your WP database.
Changing your username will affect your login, as this username is required for logging into your WordPress site!
We have created a tutorial that shows you how to do this here:
6 – Name > First Name / Last Name
You can edit your First Name and Last Name details in this section.
Just enter your first name and last name into the name fields …
7 – Name > Nickname / Display Name Publicly As
If you want a different author name than the one you originally registered for your site or blog to display in your posts, you can change the Nickname (required) field and select your new nickname from the Display name publicly as drop down menu …
You can add multiple nicknames in your profile section.
If you select a new nickname, all your posts, comments, etc. will appear with this new nickname, instead of the one that you originally installed WordPress with.
Profile > Contact Info
8 – Contact Info > Email
Ensure that your correct email address is entered in the Email (required) field. This field is required (see “Notes” section below for more information).
9 – Contact Info > Website
Add the URL of your website in the Website field.
If you would like to display another URL in your profile, then enter the URL for that website or blog instead.
10 – Contact Info > Other
You can fill in the other Contact Info section fields, or just ignore these.
For more details about using this feature, refer to the “Your Profile: Additional Contact Information” section further below.
Profile > About Yourself
11 – About Yourself > Biographical Info
This section lets you insert a personal or business description for your visitors or blog readers.
This feature not only lets you tell the world about yourself or your business, it can also be used to convert new visitors into leads for your products or services.
For great tips on how to write a truly compelling bio section that will help improve your conversions, see the article below:
For more details about using this feature, refer to the “Useful Tips Related To Your Profile” section below.
12 – About Yourself > Password Settings
Here you can change your login password details.
Use the New Password section only if you need to modify or reset your login password. You will need to confirm your new password before the system can accept the password change.
For a step-by-step tutorial that shows you you how to change WordPress passwords, go here:
13 – Log Out Of All Other Sessions
WordPress lets you log out of all current sessions except the one in your current browser. This is useful if, for example, you’ve left your account logged in at a public computer, or if you’ve lost or misplaced your phone.
To learn more about logging out securely in WordPress, see this tutorial:
14 – Update Profile
Don’t forget to click the Update Profile button before leaving to save your changes …
Important Notes - User Profile
- WordPress only requires an email address and a nickname in your Profile section.
- Your email address is only used for administration purposes.
- Your email address is never sent to any other site (including WordPress) and it is never displayed on your website (unless you decided to publish it, or use a theme that has been encoded to display the email address).
- Only registered users of your site can access the email address you provide.
- Every email address must be unique.
In Addition …
Adding certain plugins to your site (e.g. for adding social media features), may insert or remove fields in your User Profile screen (e.g. add a Facebook URL field, display additional functionality options related to the plugin, etc…)
There are various plugins that let you change user profile fields. You can browse a number of free plugins by going to Add Plugins and searching for “user profile fields” inside your WP dashboard …
See Tip #3 in the “Useful Tips Related To Your WordPress Profile” section below for an example of a free plugin that lets you remove unnecessary user profile fields.
Your Profile: Additional Contact Information
As mentioned above, the Profile screen has a number of fields that allow you to enter additional contact information such as:
Normally, most users simply ignore these fields. Some WordPress theme developers, however, may choose to customize their templates to display this and other contact information.
If this is the case, then you can choose to set up accounts with these services (if you haven’t already done so) and then add your details to the appropriate fields in the Contact Info section.
WordPress provides default fields for the following services:
AIM is a desktop and mobile chat application that allows you to chat with friends or collaborate on a group project online …
Yahoo! Messenger lets you connect and chat with friends from any web browser or mobile device …
Jabber / Google Talk
Although this field says “Jabber / Google Talk”, if you click on the link in this section, you will be taken the Google Hangouts website.
Google Hangouts is an instant messaging and video chat platform developed by Google. It replaces three products that Google had implemented concurrently within its services, including Google Talk, Google+ Messenger (formerly: Huddle), and Hangouts, a video chat system present within Google+ …
Useful Tip: If you plan to run business webinars online using Google Hangouts, then check out this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you run a professional webinar platform on your website with Google Hangouts:
User Profile: Additional Information
Tip #1: Check the “Show Toolbar when viewing site box is ticked inside the Toolbar information area of your Profile page …
Tip #2: Your user profile gives you an additional opportunity to create additional backlinks which can be indexed by search engines.
To start with, add a Nickname and/or select a different name to display as the author of your blog posts …
Once you have set this up, a link to the author displaying your specified nickname will be added to every post published on your site …
This link takes your blog visitors to the Author Archives section, where they can learn more about you (or about other authors registered as users on your site) and see what other blog posts that you (or your guest authors) have published …
You can insert hyperlinks and text formatting like bold and italicized words to enhance your author description and promote yourself, your services, products, other websites, etc. to site visitors …
To do this simply insert HTML formatted text into the About Yourself > Biographical Info text box in your Profile section …
Tip #3 (Advanced User): How To Hide User Profile Fields
You can install a free WordPress plugin called Hide User Profile Fields that automatically hides the following fields from your site’s user profiles and creation pages when activated:
- Colors Profile
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- Google Talk
- Yahoo IM
- Biography description
- User Role (every new user is created as “Subscriber”)
For more information, visit the plugin page here:
Congratulations! You have now learned how to change your user profile.
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