How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
Your Profile area lets you how your name will be displayed on your website, your e-mail address for admin purposes, and additional personal information and optional settings associated with your WordPress user account.
In this blog post, you will learn how to edit your WordPress user profile and configure other personal details.
We will also show you how to set up a biographical info section that automatically shows your published content in the Author Archives section of your blog and how to use this feature to better promote users who publish content on your site or their business online.
How To Edit Your WordPress User Details
At the far right of the Toolbar is the “Howdy, User Name” section …
Hover over this area with your mouse and it expands to display your Gravatar image, your name and username, and links pointing to your “Profile Screen” and a “Log Out” link …
Select Edit My Profile…
You can also access your user profile from the dashboard menu by going to Users > Your Profile …
This brings you to the Profile section …
The Profile page 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 review each of these sections …
Please refer to the screenshot above as you work through the descriptions below.
1 – Accessing Your User Profile
As we’ve already described, you can access your profile screen by clicking on the “Howdy, User Name” section 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 dashboard 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
Ticking this box disables the visual editor and uses the plain HTML editor instead.
Tip: If you experience any issues when trying to insert code into your pages or posts (e.g. HTML), try disabling the visual editor checkbox in this section.
3 – Admin Color Scheme
WordPress lets you customize the look of your WordPress Dashboard by selecting a global color scheme …
WordPress User Profile: Changing The Default WordPress Color Scheme
You can choose a new color scheme for your WordPress dashboard area from the default choices, or add a custom color scheme using WordPress plugins …
Although this does not affect what your site visitors see (your theme controls the external look of your site is controlled by your theme) or the functional aspects of your site, this feature can be useful to brand the admin area with your corporate colors, or allowing users to personalize their own dashboard.
To learn how to further customize your WordPress dashboard, see the tutorial below:
4 – Keyboard Shortcuts
Checking this box allow you to moderate comments using keyboard shortcuts.
5 – Toolbar
The Toolbar displays at the very top of your Dashboard screen and provides you (and your registered site users) with access to a range of useful admin 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 Toolbar in your WP dashboard 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 screen by anyone, including the site administrator.
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 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!
We have created a tutorial that shows you how to do this here:
6 – Name > First Name / Last Name
You can edit the First Name and Last Name data 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 to display a different author name than the name you originally registered for your site on your posts, you can 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.
If you change the nickname, all your posts, comments, etc. will then display with the new nickname, instead of the one you originally set up your site with.
Profile > Contact Info
8 – Contact Info > Email
Ensure 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
Enter your website address in the Website field.
If you have another website or 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 fill in 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 below.
Profile > About Yourself
11 – About Yourself > Biographical Info
This section lets you 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, see the “Useful Tips Related To Your WordPress Profile” section 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 change your login password. You will need to confirm your new password before the system can accept the password change.
For a tutorial that teaches you you reset your password in WordPress, 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 have left your account logged in at a public computer, or if you’ve lost or misplaced your phone.
To learn more about logging out securely in WordPress, see this tutorial:
14 – Update Profile
Click the Update Profile button if you change any details in your profile to save your changes …
Notes: User Profile
- WordPress only requires an e-mail address and a nickname in the User Profile section.
- Your email address is used only for your blog administration.
- Your email address is never sent to any other site (including WordPress) and it is never displayed on your site (unless you publish 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 email address you provide.
- Each user’s email address must be unique.
In Addition …
Adding certain plugins to your site (e.g. for adding social media features), may add or remove fields in the User Profile screen (e.g. add a Twitter username field, insert extra options related to the plugin, etc…)
There are a number of plugins that let you modify user profile fields. You can find these 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 User Profile” section below for an example of a free plugin that lets you hide unnecessary fields in the Profile section.
User Profile: Additional Contact Info
As mentioned previously, your WordPress Profile area has a number of fields that allow you to enter additional contact information such as:
Normally, you would just leave these fields empty. 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 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 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+ …
Useful Tip: If you plan to run webinars online using Google Hangouts, then see this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you run a professional webinar platform on your site using Google Hangouts:
Useful Tips Related To Your WordPress Profile
Tip #1: Make sure the “Show Toolbar when viewing site box is ticked in the Toolbar section of your Profile area …
Tip #2: Your user profile gives you an additional opportunity to create additional backlinks which can be indexed by search engines.
To start with, add a Nickname and/or select a different name to display as the author on your posts …
After you have set this up, a link to the author displaying your selected nickname will be added to every blog post published on your site …
This link takes your blog 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 articles that you (or other authors) have published …
You can even add hyperlinks and simple 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 insert HTML formatted content into the About Yourself > Biographical Info text area 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 a number of fields when activated, such as:
- Colors Profile
- Keyboard Shortcuts Checkbox
- Admin Toolbar
- Yahoo IM
- Website URL
- Biography description
- User Role (every new user is registered as “Subscriber”)
For more information, visit the plugin page here:
Congratulations! Now you know how to change your WordPress user profile.
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