How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
The Profile section lets you edit your name and how to display it on your website, your e-mail address for admin purposes, optional contact information, and additional settings.
In this tutorial, you will learn about changing your user profile.
We will also show you how to create an information box that will automatically display in the “Author Archives” page of your blog and how to use this feature to better promote users or their business online.
How To Change Your WordPress User Profile And Personal Settings
On the far right of the Toolbar 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…
You can also access your user profile from the main navigation menu by going to Users > Your Profile …
This open up the Profile section …
The Profile area contains various subsections that let you view and edit information about your user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Change Password
Let’s now review each of these sections …
Your Profile Fields
Please refer to the screenshot above as you work through the descriptions below.
Main User Profile Area
1 – How To Access Your User Profile
As we’ve already described, you can always access your profile by clicking on the “Howdy, User Name” tab and selecting “Edit My Profile” from the drop-down menu, or selecting Users > Your Profile using the dashboard 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
Ticking 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 problems when trying to insert code into your posts or pages (e.g. HTML), try disabling the visual editor checkbox in this section.
3 – Admin Color Scheme
With WordPress, you can customize the look of your WordPress Dashboard by changing your default WordPress color scheme …
WordPress User Profile: Changing Your Default WordPress Color Scheme
You can select a new color scheme for your WordPress dashboard area from the default choices, or add a custom color scheme using WordPress plugins …
Although this has no impact on what your site visitors see (your theme controls the design of your website is controlled by themes) or the functional aspects of your site or blog, this feature can be used for branding the admin 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 this box allow you to use keyboard shortcuts to moderate comments.
5 – Toolbar
The WordPress Toolbar displays at the very top of your Dashboard screen and provides you (and your site users) with access to a range of important admin functions, features, information and “quick links” to other areas of your site …
Important: Leave the “Show Toolbar when viewing site” check box enabled to display the Admin Toolbar in your WordPress dashboard.
To learn more about the WordPress toolbar, see the tutorial below:
Profile > Name
6 – Name > Username
You cannot change the username in the User Profile screen.
You can, however, change your username if you know how to edit your WordPress database.
You can also change your username inside the WP Admin area using a simpler method that requires no messing with code or modifying your WordPress database.
Changing your username will affect your login, as this username is required for logging into your site!
For a step-by-step tutorial that shows you you how to do this, go here:
6 – Name > First Name / Last Name
You can modify the First Name and Last Name details in this section.
Just type a 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 name 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 blog posts, comments, etc. will appear with this new nickname, instead of the name that you originally set up your site with.
Profile > Contact Info
8 – Contact Info > Email
Make sure that your correct email address is entered in the Email (required) field. This is a required field (see “Notes” section below for more information).
9 – Contact Info > Website
Enter your website or blog address in the Website field.
If you have another website or business blog that you would like to display in your profile, then enter the address 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 this feature, see the “User Profile: Additional Contact Info” section below.
Profile > About Yourself
11 – About Yourself > Biographical Info
In this section, you can add a personal or business description for your site 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 “WordPress User Profile: Useful Tips” section below.
12 – About Yourself > Password Settings
Here you can change your login password details.
Use this 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 more information about resetting passwords, go here:
13 – Log Out Of All Other Sessions
WordPress lets you log out everywhere except your current browser. This is useful if, for example, you have left your account logged in at a public computer, or if you’ve lost or misplaced your phone.
To learn more about how to log out of WordPress, see this tutorial:
14 – Update Profile
Click the Update Profile button to save any changes you make to your user profile …
Important Notes: User Profile
- WordPress only requires your e-mail address and a nickname in the Profile section.
- Your email address is used only for admin purposes.
- Your email address is never sent to any other site (including WordPress) and it is never displayed on your site (unless you choose to display it, or use a particular WP theme that displays your email address).
- Only registered users of your site have access to the e-mail address you have provided.
- Every email address must be unique.
In Addition …
Adding certain plugins to your site (e.g. for adding social media features), may add or remove fields in the User Profile area (e.g. add a Twitter username field, insert additional functionality fields related to the plugin, etc…)
There are a number of plugins that allow you to customize user profile fields. You can browse many free plugins by going to Add Plugins and searching for “user profile fields” inside your WP 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 section.
User Profile: Additional Contact Info
As mentioned earlier, your Profile section has a number of fields that allow you to enter additional contact information such as:
Normally, most users simply ignore this section. Some WordPress theme developers, however, may choose to display this and other contact information in their themes.
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 lets you chat with friends or collaborate on a group project online …
Yahoo! Messenger allows you to 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 the Google Hangouts website.
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 manage a professional webinar platform on your web site using Google Hangouts:
WordPress User Profile: Additional Information
Tip #1: Check that Show Toolbar when viewing site is enabled in the Toolbar subsection of your Profile screen …
Tip #2: Your user profile gives you an additional opportunity to promote your business to your site visitors.
To start with, add a Nickname and/or select a different name to display as the author on your blog posts …
Once you have set this up, a link to the author displaying your chosen nickname is added to every blog post published on your site …
Clicking on the author link takes 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 articles that you (or other users) have published …
You can even include links and simple formatting like bold and italicized words to improve your author description and promote yourself, your services, products, other websites, etc. to site visitors …
This is easily done by inserting HTML formatted text into the About Yourself > Biographical Info field in your Profile section …
Tip #3 (Advanced User): Hide User Profile Fields
If you plan to run a corporate website, you can install a free 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
- Yahoo IM
- Biography description
- User Role (every new user is created as “Subscriber”)
To learn more, visit the plugin page here:
Congratulations! You have just learned how to configure your WordPress user details and personal options.
"If you're new to WordPress, this can stand on its own as a training course and will stay with you as you progress from beginner to advanced and even guru status." - Bruce (Columbus, Ohio)