How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
Your WordPress Users Profile screen lets you edit your name and how to display it on your website or blog, your e-mail address for administrative purposes, other contact details, and additional options.
In this article, you will learn about changing WordPress user profiles.
You will also learn how to create an “about the author” box that automatically displays in the “Author Archives” section of your blog and how to use this feature to better promote yourself or your business online.
Changing Your User Details In WordPress
At the far right of the Admin Toolbar is the Howdy, User Name section …
Hover over this panel with your mouse and it expands to display an image of your Gravatar, your name and username, and links pointing to your “Profile Screen” and a “Log Out” link …
Choose Edit My Profile…
Alternatively, to access your user profile section using the main navigation 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 user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Change Password
Let’s now go through each of these sections …
Please refer to the image above as you work through the sections below.
Main Profile Area
1 – How To Access Your User Profile
As we’ve already mentioned, you can access your profile page by clicking on the “Howdy, User Name” tab 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 from the main dashboard 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 the “Disable the visual editor when writing” box disables the visual editor and uses the plain HTML editor instead.
Tip: Should you experience any problems when trying to add code to your content (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 Global WordPress Color Scheme
You can choose a different global color scheme for your WP administration area from the default choices, or add a custom color scheme using various WordPress plugins …
Although this has no impact on what your site visitors see (themes control the look of your site is controlled by your theme) or the functional aspects of your site, this feature can be useful for branding the dashboard 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
Checking this box allow you to quickly navigate and perform actions when moderating comments using keyboard shortcuts.
5 – Toolbar
The Toolbar is located at the very top of your Administration screen and provides you (and your logged in site 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 Admin Toolbar in your WordPress admin 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 the username from your WordPress Admin area using an easier method that requires no messing with code or modifying your WordPress database.
Changing your username will affect your login, as this username is required for logging into your site!
For a tutorial that explains you how to do this, go here:
6 – Name > First Name / Last Name
You can change your First Name and Last Name data in this section.
Just type a first name and last name into the name fields …
7 – Name > Nickname / Display Name Publicly As
If you want a different author name than the name you originally set up for your WordPress site to display 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.
Once you select a new nickname, all your blog posts, comments, etc. will appear with this new nickname, instead of the one 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
Type your website or blog URL into the Website field.
If you have another website or 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 using this feature, refer to the “WordPress User Profile: Additional Contact Info” section further below.
Profile > About Yourself
11 – About Yourself > Biographical Info
In this section, you can insert 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 WordPress User Profile” section further below.
12 – About Yourself > Password Settings
This section lets you change your login password details.
Use this section only if you need to modify or reset your login password. You will need to confirm the new password before the system can accept the password change.
For more information about resetting a password in WordPress, 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 this tutorial:
14 – Update Profile
Click the Update Profile button to save any changes you make to your user profile settings …
- WordPress only requires your e-mail address and a nickname in your Profile section.
- Your email address is used only for your site administration.
- 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 specifically choose to display it, or use a WP theme that displays the email address).
- Only registered users of your site can access the e-mail address you have provided.
- Each email address must be unique.
Installing certain plugins on your site (e.g. for adding social media features), may insert or remove fields in the User Profile area (e.g. add a Facebook URL field, insert additional functionality fields related to the plugin, etc…)
There are various plugins that allow you to modify 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 “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 the Profile area.
WordPress User Profile: Additional Contact Information
As mentioned previously, your WordPress Profile section has a number of fields that allow you to enter additional contact information such as:
Normally, you would simply leave these fields empty. 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 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 online using Google Hangouts, then check out this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you create a professional webinar platform on your WordPress site with Google Hangouts:
User Profile: Useful Tips
Tip #1: Make sure that Show Toolbar when viewing site is enabled inside the Toolbar information area of your Profile page …
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 on your blog posts …
Once you have done this, a link to the author displaying your specified 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 people can learn more about you (or about other authors publishing content on your site) and see what other posts that you (or other users) have published …
You can also add links 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 is done by adding HTML formatted text 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 website that restricts what users can do, you can install a simple WP plugin called Hide User Profile Fields that hides a number of fields when activated, such as:
- Colors Profile
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- Google Talk
- Yahoo IM
- Biography description
- User Role (every new user is registered as “Subscriber”)
To learn more, visit the plugin page here:
Congratulations! You have just learned how to configure your WordPress user profile settings.
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