How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
The Profile area lets you specify 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 about changing WordPress user profiles.
We will also show you how to create a user information section that will display any content published by a user in the Author Archives page of your site and how to use this feature to better promote users or their business online.
Editing Your User Details In WordPress
On the far right-hand side at the top of your screen is the Howdy, User Name section …
If you hover over this area with your mouse it will expand with an image of your Gravatar, 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 brings you to the Profile section …
The Profile page contains various subsections that allow you to view and manage information about your WordPress user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Change Password
Let’s go through each of these sections below …
Please refer to the above screenshot as you go through the sections below.
1 – How To Access Your Profile
As we’ve already explained, you can access your profile page by clicking on the “Howdy, User Name” tab, 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 navigation 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
Checking this box disables the visual editor and uses the plain HTML editor instead.
Tip: If you experience issues when trying to insert code into 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 Global WordPress Color Scheme
You can select a different global color scheme for your WordPress admin area from the default choices provided, or customize the color scheme using WordPress plugins …
Although this will not affect what your site visitors see (the design of your site is controlled by your theme) or the functionality of your site or blog, this feature can be used for branding the dashboard 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 the Enable keyboard shortcuts for comment moderation box allow you to quickly navigate and perform actions to moderate comments using keyboard shortcuts.
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 various useful administration 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 Admin Toolbar in your WordPress dashboard area.
To learn more about the benefits of using the WordPress toolbar, see the tutorial below:
Profile > Name
6 – Name > Username
You cannot change the username 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 Admin area using a simpler method that requires no messing with code or editing your WP database.
Changing your username will affect your login, as this username is required for logging into your site!
We have created a tutorial that explains 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 type in the 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 set up for your WordPress site on 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 to 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 registered 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
Type your website or blog URL into the Website field.
If you have another website or business blog that you want 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 “Your 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 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 “User Profile: Tips” section further below.
12 – About Yourself > Password Settings
Here you can change your login password details.
Use the New Password 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 tutorial that explains you what to do if you have lost or forgotten your login password, 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’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
Click the Update Profile button to save any changes you make to your user profile …
User Profile Notes
- WordPress only requires an e-mail address and a nickname.
- 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 shown on your site (unless you decided to publish it, or use a WordPress theme that has been encoded to display the email address).
- Only registered users of your site have access to the e-mail address you have provided.
- Every email address must be unique.
Installing certain plugins on your site (e.g. for adding social media features), may insert or remove fields in your User Profile screen (e.g. add a Facebook URL field, display additional functionality fields related to the plugin, etc…)
There are a number of 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 WP dashboard …
See Tip #3 in the “Your Profile: Additional Info” section below for an example of a free plugin that lets you hide unnecessary user profile fields.
WordPress User Profile: Additional Contact Info
As mentioned above, your User Profile area has a number of fields that allow you to enter extra contact information such as:
Most users simply ignore this section. 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 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+ …
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 webinar platform on your WP site using Google Hangouts:
Useful Tips Related To Your Profile
Tip #1: Check that Show Toolbar when viewing site is enabled in the Toolbar section 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.
To start with, add a Nickname and/or select a different name to display as the author on your posts …
After you have set this up, a link to the author displaying your specified nickname is added to every post published on your site …
This link takes site visitors to the Author Archives section, where they can learn more about you (or about other authors registered as users on your site) and see other posts that you (or your guest authors) have published …
You can add links and text formatting like bold and italicized words to improve your author description and promote yourself, your services, products, other websites, etc. to your site visitors …
This can be done by typing 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
If you plan to run a website that restricts what users can do, you can install a simple plugin called Hide User Profile Fields that automatically hides the following fields from your site’s user profiles and creation pages when activated:
- Color Selector
- Keyboard Shortcuts Checkbox
- Google Talk
- Yahoo IM
- Biography description
- User Role (every new user is added as “Subscriber”)
To learn more, visit the plugin page here:
Congratulations! You have just learned how to change your user profile and personal options in WordPress.
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