How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
The Profile section lets you how your name displays on your website or blog, your e-mail address for admin purposes, and additional information and optional settings associated with your WordPress user account.
In this post, you will learn about changing your user profile.
You will also learn how to set up an “about the author” box that automatically shows up in the “Author Archives” area of your site and how to use this feature to better promote users who publish content on your blog or their business online.
How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile And Personal Options
At the far right-hand side in your dashboard area is the Howdy, User Name section …
If you hover your mouse over this section it expands to display 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 from the dashboard menu, go to Users > Your Profile …
This brings you to the Profile page …
The Profile area contains a number of subsections that let you manage information about your user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Change Password
Let’s review each of these options below …
Your Profile Sections
Please refer to the above image as you work through the sections below.
User Profile Area
1 – Accessing Your Profile
As explained above, you can always access your profile by clicking on the “Howdy, User Name” section, which is displayed on the top right hand side of the screen, and selecting “Edit My Profile” from the drop-down menu, or selecting Users > Your Profile using the dashboard 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
Ticking 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 insert code into your content (e.g. HTML), try disabling the visual editor by ticking the checkbox in this section.
3 – Admin Color Scheme
With WordPress, you can customize the look of your WordPress Dashboard by changing your default WordPress color scheme …
WordPress User Profile: Customizing The Default WordPress Color Scheme
You can choose a different global color scheme for your WP admin area from the default choices, or add a custom color scheme using various WordPress plugins …
Although this does not affect what your site visitors see (the external design of your website is controlled by themes) or the functional aspects of your site or blog, this feature can be used to brand the dashboard area with your corporate colors, or allowing users to personalize their own dashboard.
To learn how to customize your WordPress dashboard, see the tutorial below:
4 – Keyboard Shortcuts
Checking this box allow you to rapidly navigate and perform actions when moderating comments using keyboard shortcuts.
5 – Toolbar
The Admin Toolbar is located at the very top of your Admin screen and provides you (and your site users) with access to various admin 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 dashboard area.
To learn more about the WordPress toolbar, see the tutorial below:
Profile > Name
6 – Name > Username
Your username cannot be changed in the User Profile screen.
You can, however, change your username if you know how to edit your WordPress database.
You can also change your 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 site!
For a tutorial that teaches you you how to do this, go here:
6 – Name > First Name / Last Name
You can modify your First Name and Last Name details in this section.
Just type 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 on 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 to your profile section.
If you change the nickname, all your posts, published comments, etc. will appear with your new nickname, instead of the one that you originally set up your site with.
Profile > Contact Info
8 – Contact Info > Email
Make sure 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
Enter your website or blog URL into the Website field (optional).
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 enter details for the other Contact Info section fields, or just ignore these.
For more details about using this feature, see the “Your 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 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 “Your Profile: Useful Tips” section below.
12 – About Yourself > Password Settings
Here you can change your login password details.
Use this 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 step-by-step tutorial that explains you reset your password, go here:
13 – Log Out Of All Other Sessions
WordPress lets you log out everywhere 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.
For more information about how to log out of WordPress, see the tutorial below:
14 – Update Profile
Don’t forget to click Update Profile at the bottom of your screen to save your changes …
Important Notes - User Profile
- WordPress only requires your email address and a nickname.
- Your email address is only used 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 choose to publish it, or use a particular WP theme that displays the email address).
- Only registered users of your site have access to the email 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 area (e.g. add a Facebook URL field, insert extra options related to the plugin, etc…)
There are various 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 WP dashboard …
See Tip #3 in the “Useful Tips Related To Your WordPress User Profile” section further below for an example of a free plugin that lets you hide unnecessary fields in your Profile section.
WordPress User Profile: Additional Contact Info
As mentioned earlier, the Profile screen 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 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”, if you click on the link in this section, you will be taken 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+ …
Tip: If you plan to run business webinars online using Google Hangouts, then check out this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you manage a professional video conferencing platform on your site with Google Hangouts:
Your Profile: Additional Information
Tip #1: Check that Show Toolbar when viewing site is enabled inside the Toolbar subsection 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 on your blog posts …
After you have set this up, 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 other blog posts that you (or your guest users) have published …
You can even include links and text formatting like bold and italicized words to enhance your author description and promote yourself, your services, products, other websites, etc. to your site visitors …
This can be done by pasting HTML formatted content into the About Yourself > Biographical Info text area in your Profile section …
Tip #3 (Advanced User): Hide User Profile Fields
You can install a simple WordPress plugin called Hide User Profile Fields that automatically hides a number of fields when activated, such as:
- Color Selector
- Keyboard Shortcuts Checkbox
- Admin Toolbar
- Yahoo IM
- Biographical Info
- User Role (every new user is registered as “Subscriber”)
For more information, visit the plugin page here:
Congratulations! Now you know how to edit your user details and personal settings.
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