How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
The Profile screen lets you specify your name and how to display it on your website or blog, your e-mail address for admin purposes, other contact information, and additional options.
In this article, you will learn about changing your user profile.
You will also learn how to create a user information box that will display any content published by a user on the Author Archives section of your site and how to use this feature to better promote yourself and your business online.
Changing Your User Details And Personal Settings In WordPress
On the far right-hand side of the Admin Toolbar is the “Howdy, User Name” section …
Hover over this area with your mouse and it displays an image of your Gravatar, your name and username, and also links to your “Profile Screen” and a “Log Out” link …
Select Edit My Profile…
Another way to edit your user profile using the dashboard menu is to go 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 WordPress user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Password Settings
Let’s now review each of these options …
Please refer to the screenshot above as you go through the sections below.
User Profile Area
1 – How To Access Your Profile
As described previously, you can always access your profile page by clicking on the “Howdy, User Name” tab and selecting “Edit My Profile” from the drop-down menu, or selecting Users > Your Profile from the main navigation menu.
Profile > Personal Options
You would 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 ever you experience 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 Default WordPress Color Scheme
You can choose a new global color scheme for your WP admin area from the default choices, or customize the color scheme using various WordPress plugins …
Although this has no impact on what your site visitors see (your theme controls the design of your site is controlled by themes) or the functional aspects of your site, this feature can be used to brand the admin area with your corporate colors, or allowing registered users on your site to personalize their own admin area.
To learn how to customize your WordPress dashboard, see the tutorial below:
4 – Keyboard Shortcuts
Ticking the “Enable keyboard shortcuts for comment moderation” box allow you to moderate comments quickly using keyboard shortcuts.
5 – Toolbar
The Toolbar is located at the very top of your Admin screen and provides you (and your users) with access to various administration functions, features, information and “quick links” to other areas of your site …
Note: Leave the “Show Toolbar when viewing site” checkbox ticked to display the Admin Toolbar in your WordPress administration area.
To learn more about the benefits of using the WordPress toolbar, see the tutorial below:
Profile > Name
6 – Name > Username
The username cannot be changed in the User Profile area by anyone, including the site administrator.
You can, however, change your username if you know how to edit your WP database.
You can also change the username from your WordPress 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 WordPress site!
For a step-by-step tutorial that explains 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 name fields …
7 – Name > Nickname / Display Name Publicly As
If you want to display a different author name than the name you originally set up 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 select a nickname, all your blog posts, comments, etc. will appear with the new nickname, instead of the name that you originally installed WordPress 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 address into the Website field.
If you have another website or 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 fill in the other Contact Info section fields, or just ignore these.
For more details about this feature, see the “User Profile: Additional Contact Information” section below.
Profile > About Yourself
11 – About Yourself > Biographical Info
This section lets you add a personal or business description for your visitors or site 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 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 enter the new password twice before the system can accept the password change.
For a tutorial that shows you you how to change WordPress passwords, 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 out securely in WordPress, see the tutorial below:
14 – Update Profile
Don’t forget to 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 in the Profile section.
- Your email address is used only for admin 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 display it, or use a WordPress theme that has been encoded to display the email address).
- Only registered users of your blog have access to the e-mail address you have entered.
- Each email address must be unique.
In Addition …
Installing certain plugins on your site (e.g. for adding social media features), may insert or remove fields in the User Profile screen (e.g. add a Facebook URL field, insert additional functionality options related to the plugin, etc…)
There are various plugins that allow you to customize user profile fields. You can browse a number of free plugins by going to Add Plugins and searching for “user profile fields” inside your dashboard …
See Tip #3 in the “Your Profile: Additional Information” section below for an example of a free plugin that lets you hide unnecessary fields in the Profile area.
WordPress User Profile: Additional Contact Information
As mentioned previously, the Profile area has a number of fields that allow you to enter additional contact information such as:
Most users just 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 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 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 business webinars on your site using Google Hangouts, then check out this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you run a business-level video conferencing platform on your website using Google Hangouts:
User Profile: Tips
Tip #1: Make sure that Show Toolbar when viewing site is enabled in the Toolbar information area of your Profile area …
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 of your blog posts …
After you have done this, a link to the author displaying your selected 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 they can learn more about you (or about other authors publishing content on your site) and see all content that you (or your guest authors) have published …
You can also insert hyperlinks and text formatting like bold and italicized words to improve your author description and promote yourself, your services, products, other websites, etc. to site visitors …
To do this just add HTML formatted content into the About Yourself > Biographical Info text area 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 Selector
- Keyboard Shortcuts Checkbox
- Yahoo IM
- Biographical Info
- User Role (every new user is created as “Subscriber”)
For more information, visit the plugin page here:
Congratulations! You have now learned how to edit your user profile and personal options in WordPress.
"Wow! I never knew there's so much to learn about WordPress! I bought one of the WordPress for Dummies three years ago, such authors need to be on this course!" - Rich Law, Create A Blog Now