How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
The Users Profile screen lets you edit your name and how it will be displayed on your website or blog, your e-mail address for administrative purposes, and other personal information and optional settings related to your WordPress user account.
In this article, you will learn how to edit your user profile in WordPress and configure optional personal information.
We will also show you how to create an “about the author” box that will display any content published by a user in the Author Archives section of your blog and how to use this feature to better promote yourself or your business online.
How To Change Your User Profile And Personal Settings
At the far right-hand side in your admin area 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 links to your “Profile Screen” and a “Log Out” link …
Select Edit My Profile…
You can also access your user profile using the main dashboard menu by going to Users > Your Profile …
This open up the Profile screen …
The Profile page contains a number of subsections that let you view and edit information about your WordPress user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Change Password
Let’s now review each of these sections …
Your Profile Fields
Please refer to the above image as you work through the sections below.
Main Profile Area
1 – How To Access Your Profile
As we’ve already explained, you can always access your profile by clicking on your username, 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 navigation menu.
Profile > Personal Options
Normally, you can 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
Checking the Disable the visual editor when writing box disables the visual editor and uses the plain HTML editor instead.
Tip: If ever you experience any problems when trying to insert code into your pages or posts (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 new global color scheme for your WP admin area from the default choices provided, or add a custom color scheme using various WordPress plugins …
Although this will not affect what your blog visitors see (the design of your site is controlled by your theme) or the functional aspects of your site, this feature can be useful to brand the dashboard with your corporate colors, or allowing registered users on your site to personalize their own dashboard area.
To learn how to further customize your WordPress dashboard, see the tutorial below:
4 – Keyboard Shortcuts
Ticking this box allow you to moderate comments quickly using keyboard shortcuts.
5 – Toolbar
The Admin Toolbar displays at the very top of your Admin screen and provides you (and your users) with access to various admin functions, features, information and “quick links” to other areas of your site …
Note: Leave the “Show Toolbar when viewing site” check box enabled to display the Admin Toolbar in your WP dashboard.
To learn more about using the WordPress toolbar, see the tutorial below:
Profile > Name
6 – Name > Username
You cannot change a username in the User Profile area.
You can, however, change your username if you know how to edit your WP database.
You can also change the username inside the WordPress Dashboard using an easier method that requires no code editing or messing with your site’s database.
Changing your username will affect your login, as this username is required for logging into your site!
For a tutorial that shows 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 name fields …
7 – Name > Nickname / Display Name Publicly As
If you want a different author name than the one you originally registered for your site or blog to display 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.
If you change the nickname, all your blog posts, published comments, etc. will appear with this 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 field is required (see “Notes” section below for more information).
9 – Contact Info > Website
Type the address of your website in the Website field.
If you have another website or business blog that you would like 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 “Your Profile: Additional Contact Info” 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 this feature, see the “WordPress User Profile: Additional Info” 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 modify or reset your login password. You will need to confirm the new password before the system can accept the password change.
To learn more about changing your 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 out securely in WordPress, see the tutorial below:
14 – Update Profile
Remember to click the Update Profile button to save any changes you make to your user profile settings …
Important Notes - User Profile
- WordPress only requires your email address and a nickname in your Profile section.
- Your email address is used only for admin purposes.
- Your email address is never sent to any other site (including WordPress) and it is never shown on your site (unless you specifically choose to display it, or use a particular 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 provide.
- Every 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 your User Profile area (e.g. add a Facebook URL field, insert extra fields related to the plugin, etc…)
There are various plugins that let you modify user profile fields. You can browse many free plugins by going to Add Plugins and searching for “user profile fields” inside your WordPress dashboard …
See Tip #3 in the “Your Profile: Additional Information” 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 earlier, your WordPress Profile area has a number of fields that allow you to enter extra contact information such as:
Most users just ignore these fields. 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 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”, 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 website using Google Hangouts, then check out this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you manage a business-level video conferencing platform on your site using Google Hangouts:
Useful Tips Related To Your Profile
Tip #1: Check the “Show Toolbar when viewing site box is ticked inside the Toolbar section 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 of your posts …
After you have set this up, a link to the author displaying your selected nickname gets added to every post published on your site …
Clicking on the author link takes your blog visitors to the Author Archives section, where people can learn more about you (or about other authors registered as users on your site) and see other blog posts that you (or other authors) have published …
You can also add links and simple text formatting like bold and italicized words to improve your author description and promote yourself, your services, products, other websites, etc. to blog readers …
This can be done by inserting HTML formatted content into the About Yourself > Biographical Info box in your Profile section …
Tip #3 (Advanced User): How To Hide User Profile Fields
You can install a free plugin called Hide User Profile Fields that hides the following fields from your site’s user profiles and creation pages when activated:
- Admin Color Scheme
- Keyboard Shortcuts Checkbox
- Admin Toolbar
- Google Talk
- Yahoo IM
- Website field
- Biography description
- User Role (every new user is registered as “Subscriber”)
To learn more, visit the plugin page here:
Congratulations! You have now learned how to edit your user profile and personal settings 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