How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
Your WordPress Users Profile section lets you configure your name and how to display it on your website, your e-mail address for administrative purposes, and other personal information and optional settings associated with your WordPress user account.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to change your user profile in WordPress and configure other personal information.
You will also learn how to set up a biographical info section that will automatically show 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 Edit Your User Details
On the far right at the top of your screen is the “Howdy, User Name” section …
If you hover over this panel with your mouse it will expand with an image of your Gravatar, your name and username, and links pointing to your “Profile Screen” and a “Log Out” link …
Select Edit My Profile…
You can also edit your user profile area from the dashboard navigation menu by going to Users > Your Profile …
This brings you to the Profile area …
The Profile area 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 now review each of these sections below …
User Profile Sections
Please refer to the image above as you go through the descriptions below.
1 – How To Access Your Profile
As we’ve already mentioned, you can access your profile by clicking on the “Howdy, User Name” section at the very top right hand corner of your admin screen and selecting “Edit My Profile” from the drop-down menu, or selecting Users > Your Profile from the dashboard navigation menu.
Profile > Personal Options
Normally, you wouldyou would 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 pages or posts (e.g. HTML), try disabling the visual editor 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 selecting a global color scheme …
WordPress User Profile: Changing Your Global 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 has no impact on what your blog visitors see (the design of your website is controlled by your theme) or the functionality of your site, this feature can be useful to brand the dashboard area with your corporate colors, or allowing users to personalize their own dashboard.
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 moderate comments quickly using keyboard shortcuts.
5 – Toolbar
The WordPress Toolbar is located at the very top of your Administration screen and provides you (and your site users) with access to a range of useful administrative functions, features, information and “quick links” to other areas of your site …
Important: Leave the “Show Toolbar when viewing site” checkbox enabled to display the Admin Toolbar in your WordPress admin area.
To learn more about the benefits of using the WordPress toolbar, see the tutorial below:
Profile > Name
6 – Name > Username
You cannot change a username in the Profile area.
You can, however, change your username if you know how to edit your WP database.
You can also change your username from your WP 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 site!
We have created a step-by-step tutorial that explains how to do this here:
6 – Name > First Name / Last Name
You can modify the First Name and Last Name details in this section.
Just type in your first name and last name into the name 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 site or blog in your posts, then 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, published comments, etc. will appear with this new nickname, instead of the one that you originally registered with.
Profile > Contact Info
8 – Contact Info > Email
Make sure 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 or blog in the Website field (optional).
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 enter details for the other Contact Info section fields, or just ignore these.
For more details about this feature, see the “WordPress User Profile: Additional Contact Info” 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 this feature, see the “Useful Tips Related To Your User Profile” section further below.
12 – About Yourself > Password Settings
This section lets you change your login password details.
Use this section only if you need 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 explains you what to do if you lose or forget a password in WordPress, 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 have 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
Click the Update Profile button to save any changes you make to your user profile …
Important Notes - User Profile
- WordPress only requires an email address and a nickname in your User Profile section.
- Your email address is only used for admin purposes.
- Your email address is never sent to any other site (including WordPress) and it is never shown on your site (unless you specifically decide to publish it, or use a WordPress theme that displays your email address).
- Only registered users of your site can access the email address you have provided.
- Every email address must be unique.
Adding certain plugins to your site (e.g. for adding social media features), may insert or remove fields in your User Profile section (e.g. add a Facebook URL field, insert additional functionality settings related to the plugin, etc…)
There are a number of plugins that allow you to change user profile fields. You can browse a number of these plugins by typing in keywords like “user profile fields” in the “Add Plugins” section inside your dashboard …
See Tip #3 in the “WordPress User Profile: Additional Info” section further below for an example of a free plugin that lets you hide unnecessary fields in the Profile section.
User Profile: Additional Contact Info
As mentioned previously, your Profile area has a number of fields that allow you to enter extra contact information such as:
Normally, most users 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 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 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 to Google Hangouts.
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+ …
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 professional video conferencing platform on your web site with Google Hangouts:
Useful Tips Related To Your WordPress User Profile
Tip #1: Check that Show Toolbar when viewing site is enabled inside the Toolbar section of your Profile area …
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 blog posts …
After you have set this up, a link to the author displaying your specified nickname will be added to every blog post published on your site …
This link takes your site visitors to the Author Archives section, where they can learn more about you (or about other authors publishing content on your site) and see all posts that you (or other users) have published …
You can also add hyperlinks and simple formatting like bold and italicized words to enhance your author description and promote yourself, your services, products, other websites, etc. to blog readers …
To do this simply insert HTML formatted text into the About Yourself > Biographical Info field in your Profile section …
Tip #3 (Advanced User): Hide User Profile Fields
You can install a simple WP plugin called Hide User Profile Fields that will automatically hide a number of fields when activated, such as:
- Color Scheme
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- Yahoo IM
- Website URL
- Biography description
- User Role (every new user is registered as “Subscriber”)
For more information, visit the plugin page here:
Congratulations! You have just learned how to modify your WordPress user profile.
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