How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
Your Profile area lets you how your name will display on your website or blog, your e-mail address for admin purposes, and additional information and personal options related to your WordPress user account.
In this article, you will learn about changing WordPress user profiles.
You will also learn how to set up an “about the author” section that will display on your blog in the “Author Archives” area 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 in your admin area is the Howdy, User Name section …
If you hover over this section with your mouse it displays your Gravatar image, your name and username, and also links pointing to your “Profile Screen” and a “Log Out” link …
Select Edit My Profile…
Another way to access your user profile area using the dashboard menu is to go to Users > Your Profile …
This brings you to the Profile screen …
The Profile section contains a number of subsections that allow you to view and edit information about your WordPress user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Password Settings
Let’s now go through each of these sections …
Your Profile Fields
Please refer to the screenshot above as you work through the sections below.
User Profile Area
1 – Accessing Your Profile
As we’ve already described, you can always access your profile page by clicking on your username, which is displayed on the top right hand side of the screen, and selecting “Edit My Profile” from the drop-down menu, or selecting Users > Your Profile from the dashboard menu.
Profile > Personal Options
You would 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: Should you experience problems when trying to add code to your content (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: Customizing The Default WordPress Color Scheme
You can choose a new color scheme for your WP administration area from the default choices, or add a custom color scheme using WordPress plugins …
Although this will not affect what your blog visitors see (themes control the external look of your site is controlled by themes) or the functionality of your site or blog, this feature can be used for branding the dashboard area with your corporate colors, or allowing other site users to personalize their own dashboard area.
To learn how to further customize your WordPress dashboard, see the tutorial below:
4 – Keyboard Shortcuts
Checking the Enable keyboard shortcuts for comment moderation box allow you to navigate quickly and perform actions when moderating comments using keyboard shortcuts.
5 – Toolbar
The Toolbar is located at the very top of your Dashboard screen and provides you (and your site users) with access to a number of important admin functions, features, information and “quick links” to other areas of your site …
Note: Leave the “Show Toolbar when viewing site” check box ticked to display the Toolbar in your WordPress administration area.
To learn more about the uses of the WordPress toolbar, see the tutorial below:
Profile > Name
6 – Name > Username
The username cannot be changed in the User Profile section.
You can, however, change your username if you know how to edit your WP database.
You can also change the username from your WP Dashboard using an easier method that requires no messing with code or modifying your site’s database.
Changing your username will affect your login, as this username is required for logging into your site!
For a tutorial that explains you how to do this, go here:
6 – Name > First Name / Last Name
You can change the First Name and Last Name details in this section.
Just enter a first name and last name into the text fields …
7 – Name > Nickname / Display Name Publicly As
If you want to display a different author name than the one you originally registered for your WordPress site in your posts, you can change the Nickname (required) field and select another nickname from the Display name publicly as drop down menu …
You can add multiple nicknames in your profile section.
Once you change the nickname, all your posts, comments, etc. will appear with your new nickname, instead of the name that you originally installed WordPress with.
Profile > Contact Info
8 – Contact Info > Email
Ensure that your correct email address has been entered in the Email (required) field. This field is required (see “Notes” section below for more information).
9 – Contact Info > Website
Add your website or blog address into the Website field (optional).
If you have another website or business blog that you would like to display in your profile, then enter the URL for that website or blog instead.
10 – Contact Info > Other
You can enter details for the other Contact Info section fields, or just ignore these.
For more details about using this feature, see the “Your Profile: Additional Contact Information” section further below.
Profile > About Yourself
11 – About Yourself > Biographical Info
In this section, you can add 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, see the “Useful Tips Related To Your Profile” section below.
12 – About Yourself > Password Settings
Here you can change your login password details.
Use this section only if you are required to change your login password. You will need to enter the new password twice before the system can accept the password change.
For a step-by-step tutorial that shows you you what to do if you lose or forget your WordPress password, go here:
13 – Log Out Of All Other Sessions
WordPress lets you log out of all current sessions except 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.
For more information about how to log out of WordPress, see this tutorial:
14 – Update Profile
Remember to click the Update Profile button to save any changes you make to your user profile …
Notes: User Profile
- WordPress only requires your email address and a nickname in your User Profile section.
- Your email address is used only for administration purposes.
- The email address on your profile is never sent to any other site (including WordPress) and it is never displayed on your website (unless you choose to publish it, or use a theme that displays your email address).
- Only registered users of your blog have access to the e-mail address you have entered.
- Each user’s email address must be unique.
Adding certain plugins to your site (e.g. for adding social media features), may add or remove fields in your User Profile section (e.g. add a Facebook URL field, insert additional functionality fields related to the plugin, etc…)
There are various plugins that allow you to modify user profile fields. You can browse many free plugins by typing in keywords like “user profile fields” in the “Add Plugins” section inside your WordPress dashboard …
See Tip #3 in the “User Profile: Additional Info” section below for an example of a free plugin that lets you hide unnecessary fields in your Profile area.
Your Profile: Additional Contact Info
As mentioned earlier, the WordPress Profile section has a number of fields that allow you to enter additional contact information such as:
Normally, you would simply leave these fields empty. 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 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”, clicking on the link actually takes you to Google Hangouts.
Google Hangouts is an instant messaging and video chat platform developed by Google. It replaces three messaging products that Google had previously implemented within its services, including Google Talk, Google+ Messenger (formerly: Huddle), and Hangouts, a video chat system present within Google+ …
Tip: If you plan to run business webinars online using Google Hangouts, then see this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you create a professional webinar platform on your WordPress site using Google Hangouts:
Your Profile: Additional Information
Tip #1: Make sure that Show Toolbar when viewing site is enabled in the Toolbar subsection of your Profile area …
Tip #2: Your user profile gives you an additional opportunity to create additional backlinks which can be indexed by search engines.
As mentioned earlier, you can add a Nickname and/or select a different name to display as the author of your posts …
Once you have done this, a link to the author displaying your selected nickname will be added to every post published on your site …
This link takes your site visitors to the Author Archives section, where people can learn more about you (or about other authors publishing content on your site) and see other blog posts that you (or your guest users) have published …
You can even add links and text formatting like bold and italicized words to enhance your author description and promote yourself, your services, products, other websites, etc. to your site visitors …
To do this just type HTML formatted content into the About Yourself > Biographical Info field in your Profile section …
Tip #3 (Advanced User): How To Hide User Profile Fields
If you plan to run a website that restricts what users can do, 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:
- Color Scheme
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- Google Talk
- Yahoo IM
- Biographical Info
- User Role (every new user is added as “Subscriber”)
For more information, visit the plugin page here:
Congratulations! You have just learned how to change your user profile in WordPress.
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