How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
The Profile screen lets you how your name will be displayed on your website or blog, your e-mail address for admin 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 optional contact details.
You will also learn how to set up an “about the author” section that will display on your site in the “Author Archives” page and how to use this feature to better promote yourself or your business online.
How To Edit Your User Profile And Personal Options
At the far right-hand side at the top of your screen is the Howdy, User Name section …
Hover over this area with your mouse and it will expand with an image of your Gravatar, your name and username, and also links pointing to your “Profile Screen” and a “Log Out” link …
Choose Edit My Profile…
Another way to access your user profile from the main navigation menu is to go to Users > Your Profile …
This open up the Profile page …
The Profile section contains a number of subsections that allow you to view and manage information about your user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Password Settings
Let’s go through each of these options below …
Please refer to the screenshot above as you work through the sections below.
1 – Accessing Your User Profile
As we’ve already explained, you can always access your profile screen 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 from the main dashboard 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
Ticking this box disables the visual editor and uses the plain HTML editor instead.
Tip: If you experience issues when trying to add code to your posts or pages (e.g. HTML), try disabling the visual editor 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: Changing Your Default WordPress Color Scheme
You can select a new color scheme for your WordPress administration area from the default choices, or customize the color scheme using WordPress plugins …
Although this does not affect what your blog visitors see (your theme controls the external look of your site is controlled by themes) or the functionality of your site or blog, this feature can be useful to brand the admin area with your corporate colors, or allowing registered users on your site to personalize their own dashboard.
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 navigate quickly and perform actions when moderating comments using keyboard shortcuts.
5 – Toolbar
The Toolbar displays at the very top of your Administration screen and provides you (and your registered users) with access to a range of admin functions, features, information and “quick links” to other areas of your site …
Note: Leave the “Show Toolbar when viewing site” check box ticked to display the Admin 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
Your username cannot be changed in the Profile section.
You can, however, change your username if you know how to edit your WordPress database.
You can also change your username from your WordPress Dashboard 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 the 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 registered for your site or blog in your posts, you can change the Nickname (required) field and select a different 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 blog posts, comments, etc. will then display with your new nickname, instead of the one 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 is a required field (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 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, refer to the “WordPress User Profile: Additional Contact Information” section 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, refer to the “Useful Tips Related To Your Profile” section further below.
12 – About Yourself > Password Settings
This section lets you change your login password details.
Use the New Password section only if you need to modify or reset your login password. You will need to enter the new password twice before the system can accept the password change.
For more information about resetting your login 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 logging out securely in WordPress, see the tutorial below:
14 – Update Profile
Click Update Profile before leaving to update your user profile settings …
Notes - User Profile
- WordPress only requires an email address and a nickname.
- 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 choose to publish it, or use a WordPress theme that has been encoded to display your email address).
- Only registered users of your blog can access the e-mail address you provide.
- Each user’s email address must be unique.
Installing certain plugins on your site (e.g. for adding social media features), may add or remove fields in the User Profile section (e.g. add a Facebook URL field, insert additional functionality settings related to the plugin, etc…)
There are various plugins that allow you to customize user profile fields. You can find a number of free plugins by typing in keywords like “user profile fields” in the “Add Plugins” section inside your WordPress dashboard …
See Tip #3 in the “Useful Tips Related To Your WordPress User Profile” section below for an example of a free plugin that lets you hide unnecessary user profile fields.
Your Profile: Additional Contact Information
As mentioned above, the User 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 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.
Currently, 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 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 the Google Hangouts website.
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 on your site 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 web site with Google Hangouts:
Useful Tips Related To Your User Profile
Tip #1: Check the “Show Toolbar when viewing site box is ticked inside the Toolbar information area of your Profile page …
Tip #2: Your user profile gives you an additional opportunity to create additional backlinks which can be indexed by search engines.
As mentioned earlier, you can add a Nickname and/or select a different name to display as the author on 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 publishing content on your site) and see all content that you (or other authors) have published …
You can even insert hyperlinks and basic formatting like bold and italicized words to enhance your author description and promote yourself, your services, products, other websites, etc. to your site visitors …
To do this simply add HTML formatted text into the About Yourself > Biographical Info text box 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 instantly hides the following fields from your site’s user profiles and creation pages when activated:
- Color Scheme
- Keyboard Shortcuts Checkbox
- Admin Toolbar
- Yahoo IM
- Website address
- Biographical Info
- User Role (every new user is added as “Subscriber”)
For more information, visit the plugin page here:
Congratulations! You have just learned how to edit your user details and personal options.
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