How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
Your Profile screen lets you edit your name and how to display it on your website, your e-mail address for administrative purposes, and additional information and optional settings related to your WordPress user account.
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 set up a user information 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 Edit Your User Details In WordPress
At the far right-hand side of the Admin Toolbar is the Howdy, User Name section …
Hover over this area with your mouse and it expands to display your Gravatar image, your name and username, and links to your “Profile Screen” and a “Log Out” link …
Choose Edit My Profile…
Alternatively, to access your user profile using the main dashboard menu, go to Users > Your Profile …
This open up the Profile area …
The Profile screen contains a number of subsections that allow you to view and manage information about your WordPress user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Change Password
Let’s now review each of these sections below …
Your Profile Options
Please refer to the image above as you go through the sections below.
1 – How To Access Your User Profile
As explained previously, you can always access your profile area by clicking on the “Howdy, User Name” section at the very top right hand corner of your dashboard and selecting “Edit My Profile” from the drop-down menu, or selecting Users > Your Profile using the dashboard navigation menu.
Profile > Personal Options
Normally, 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 the “Disable the visual editor when writing” box disables the visual editor and uses the plain HTML editor instead.
Tip: Should you experience any issues 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
WordPress lets you customize the look of your WordPress Dashboard by changing the default WordPress color scheme …
WordPress User Profile: Changing The Global WordPress Color Scheme
You can select a new global color scheme for your WordPress dashboard area from the default choices, or customize the color scheme using various WordPress plugins …
Although this will not affect what your site visitors see (themes control the design of your website is controlled by themes) or the functionality of your site, this feature can be used for branding the admin area with your corporate colors, or allowing users to personalize their own admin area.
To learn how to customize your WordPress dashboard, see the tutorial below:
4 – Keyboard Shortcuts
Checking this box allow you to navigate rapidly and perform actions when moderating comments using keyboard shortcuts.
5 – Toolbar
The WordPress Toolbar displays at the very top of your Admin screen and provides you (and your users) with access to various important administrative functions, features, information and “quick links” to other areas of your site …
Important: Leave the “Show Toolbar when viewing site” checkbox 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 Profile screen.
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 editing your site’s database.
Changing your username will affect your login, as this username is required for logging into your WordPress site!
For a step-by-step tutorial that teaches you you how to do this, go here:
6 – Name > First Name / Last Name
You can edit the First Name and Last Name data in this section.
Just enter the 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 site or blog 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, published comments, etc. will appear with this new nickname, instead of the name you originally set up your site with.
Profile > Contact Info
8 – Contact Info > Email
Ensure 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
Type the address of your website or blog in 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 this feature, see the “WordPress User 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 User 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 modify or reset your login password. You will need to confirm the new password before the system can accept the password change.
For a tutorial that shows you you reset a password in WordPress, 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 have 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 the tutorial below:
14 – Update Profile
Click Update Profile before leaving to update your user profile settings …
Important Notes - User Profile
- WordPress only requires an email address and a nickname.
- 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 displayed on your website (unless you choose to display it, or use a theme that displays your email address).
- Only registered users of your blog can access the e-mail address you have provided.
- Each 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 screen (e.g. add a Twitter username field, display additional functionality options related to the plugin, etc…)
There are a number of plugins that let you change user profile fields. You can find 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 “WordPress User Profile: Useful Tips” section further below for an example of a free plugin that lets you hide unnecessary user profile fields.
User Profile: Additional Contact Info
As mentioned above, the WordPress Profile area has a number of fields that allow you to enter additional contact information such as:
Normally, most users just leave these fields empty. 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 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 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 webinars online using Google Hangouts, then see this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you run a professional video conferencing platform on your web site with Google Hangouts:
WordPress User Profile: Tips
Tip #1: Check the “Show Toolbar when viewing site box is ticked 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 blog posts …
Once you have set this up, a link to the author displaying your selected nickname is added to every post published on your site …
Clicking on the author link takes your site visitors to the Author Archives section, where people can learn more about you (or about other authors registered as users on your site) and see all articles that you (or your guest users) have published …
You can even add hyperlinks and basic formatting like bold and italicized words to improve your author description and promote yourself, your services, products, other websites, etc. to blog readers …
This can easily be done by inserting HTML formatted text into the About Yourself > Biographical Info text area in your Profile section …
Tip #3 (Advanced User): How To 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:
- 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! Now you know how to configure your user profile and personal options.
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