How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
The Users Profile section lets you configure your name and how it will be displayed on your website or blog, your e-mail address for administrative purposes, and additional personal information and optional settings associated with your WordPress user account.
In this tutorial, you will learn about editing your WordPress user profile.
You will also learn how to set up a “resources” section that automatically shows up in the “Author Archives” page of your site and how to use this feature to better promote an author or their business online.
How To Change Your User Profile In WordPress
At the far right in your admin area is the Howdy, User Name section …
Hover over this panel with your mouse and it expands to display an image of your Gravatar, your name and username, and links pointing to your “Profile Screen” and a “Log Out” link …
Choose Edit My Profile…
You can also access your user profile section using the dashboard menu by going to Users > Your Profile …
This open up the Profile area …
The Profile page contains various subsections that allow you to manage information about your user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Change Password
Let’s now go through each of these sections below …
Please refer to the image above as you go through the descriptions below.
1 – Accessing Your Profile
As mentioned previously, you can always access your profile area by clicking on the “Howdy, User Name” section, 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 from the dashboard menu.
Profile > Personal Options
Normally, you can just 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 this box disables the visual editor and uses the plain HTML editor instead.
Tip: If ever you experience any problems 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
WordPress lets you customize the look of your WordPress Dashboard by changing the default WordPress color scheme …
WordPress User Profile: Customizing Your Default WordPress Color Scheme
You can choose a new color scheme for your WordPress administration area from the default choices, or customize the color scheme using various WordPress plugins …
Although this does not affect 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 useful to brand the dashboard area 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 use keyboard shortcuts on comments.
5 – Toolbar
The Toolbar displays at the very top of your Administration screen and provides you (and your logged in site users) with access to a number of useful administration functions, features, information and “quick links” to other areas of your site …
Note: Leave the “Show Toolbar when viewing site” check box enabled to display the Toolbar in your WordPress dashboard.
To learn more about the uses of the WordPress toolbar, see the tutorial below:
Profile > Name
6 – Name > Username
You cannot change your username in the User Profile section.
You can, however, change your username if you know how to edit your WordPress database.
You can also change the username from your WordPress Admin area using a simpler 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 WordPress site!
We have created a step-by-step 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 text fields …
7 – Name > Nickname / Display Name Publicly As
If you want a different author name than the name you originally registered for your site to display on your posts, you can change the Nickname (required) field and select a different nickname from the Display name publicly as drop down menu …
You can add multiple nicknames to your profile section.
If you select a nickname, all your posts, published comments, etc. will appear with this new nickname, instead of the one you originally registered with.
Profile > Contact Info
8 – Contact Info > Email
Make sure that your correct email address has been 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 would like to display another URL in your profile, then enter the address 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 this feature, see the “User Profile: Additional Contact Info” section further below.
Profile > About Yourself
11 – About Yourself > Biographical Info
This section lets you 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 this feature, see the “Useful Tips Related To Your Profile” section further below.
12 – About Yourself > Password Settings
Here you can change your login password details.
Use the New Password section only if you are required to change your login password. You will need to confirm your new password before the system can accept the password change.
For more information about changing 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 logging securely out of WordPress, see this tutorial:
14 – Update Profile
Don’t forget to click the Update Profile button to save any changes you make to your user profile settings …
User Profile: Important Notes
- WordPress only requires an email address and a nickname in the Profile section.
- Your email address is only used for administrative purposes.
- The email address on your profile is never sent to any other site (including WordPress) and it is never shown on your website (unless you specifically choose to publish it, or use a theme that has been encoded to display your email address).
- Only registered users of your blog 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 your User Profile area (e.g. add a Facebook URL field, insert additional functionality options related to the plugin, etc…)
There are various plugins that let you change user profile fields. You can browse many free plugins by typing in keywords like “user profile fields” in the “Add Plugins” section inside your dashboard …
See Tip #3 in the “Your Profile: Additional Information” section further below for an example of a free plugin that lets you remove unnecessary fields in your Profile section.
User Profile: Additional Contact Info
As mentioned above, the WordPress Profile section has a number of fields that allow you to enter additional contact information such as:
Most users simply ignore these fields. 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 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.
Currently, 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 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+ …
Useful Tip: If you plan to run webinars online using Google Hangouts, then see this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you manage a business-level video conferencing platform on your WP site with Google Hangouts:
Useful Tips Related To Your User Profile
Tip #1: Check that Show Toolbar when viewing site is enabled in the Toolbar section of your Profile page …
Tip #2: Your user profile gives you an additional opportunity to promote your business to your site visitors.
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 set this up, a link to the author displaying your selected nickname will be added to every 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 content that you (or your guest authors) have published …
You can also insert links and text formatting like bold and italicized words to improve your author description and promote yourself, your services, products, other websites, etc. to blog readers …
To do this just add HTML formatted content 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 a number of fields when activated, such as:
- Color Selector
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- Admin Toolbar
- Google Talk
- Yahoo IM
- Biographical Info box
- 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 details and personal settings in WordPress.
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