How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
Your Profile screen lets you how your name will display on your website, your e-mail address for administrative purposes, optional personal information, and personal settings.
In this post, you will learn about changing your user profile.
We will also show you how to create an “about the author” box that will automatically link your published content to the Author Archives section of your site and how to use this feature to better promote yourself or your business online.
Changing Your User Profile And Personal Options In WordPress
On the far right in your admin area is the “Howdy, User Name” section …
Hover over this section 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 main navigation menu by going to Users > Your Profile …
This open up the Profile section …
The Profile screen contains various subsections that allow you to view and manage information about your WordPress user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Change Password
Let’s now go through each of these sections …
User Profile Fields
Please refer to the above image as you work through the descriptions below.
Main Profile Area
1 – Accessing Your User Profile
As we’ve already described, you can always access your profile section by clicking on the “Howdy, User Name” tab at the very top right hand corner of your screen and selecting “Edit My Profile” from the drop-down menu, or selecting Users > Your Profile using the dashboard menu.
Profile > Personal Options
You can 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 issues when trying to insert code into your content (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 Your Default WordPress Color Scheme
You can select a new color scheme for your WordPress administration area from the default choices provided, or customize the color scheme using WordPress plugins …
Although this has no impact on what your blog visitors see (your theme controls the external design of your website 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 other site users to personalize their own admin area.
To learn how to further customize your WordPress dashboard, see the tutorial below:
4 – Keyboard Shortcuts
Checking this box allow you to quickly navigate and perform actions on comments using keyboard shortcuts.
5 – Toolbar
The Admin Toolbar is located 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 enabled to display the Toolbar in your WordPress dashboard.
To learn more about the uses of the WordPress toolbar, see the tutorial below:
Profile > Name
6 – Name > Username
The username cannot be changed in the Profile screen.
You can, however, change your username if you know how to edit your WP database.
You can also change your username inside the WordPress Admin area using an easier method that requires no code editing or messing around 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 in the first name and last name into the name fields …
7 – Name > Nickname / Display Name Publicly As
If you want a different author name other than the one you originally set up for your WordPress site to display 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 to your profile section.
Once you change the nickname, all your posts, comments, etc. will then display 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 has been entered in the Email (required) field. This field is required (see “Notes” section below for more information).
9 – Contact Info > Website
Add your website URL into the Website field (optional).
If you have another website or blog that you would like to display in your profile, then enter the URL 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 “Your Profile: Additional Contact Information” section 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 this feature, refer to the “Your Profile: Additional Information” section further below.
12 – About Yourself > Password Settings
This section lets you change your login password details.
Use this section only if you are required to change your login password. You will need to enter your new password twice before the system can accept the password change.
For more information about changing passwords, go here:
13 – Log Out Of All Other Sessions
WordPress lets you log out of all current sessions except 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
Click the Update Profile button to save any changes you make to your user profile settings …
Important Notes - User Profile
- WordPress only requires an e-mail address and a nickname in your User Profile section.
- Your email address is used only for administration purposes.
- Your email address is never sent to any other site (including WordPress) and it is never shown on your website (unless you specifically choose to display it, or use a particular WP theme that displays your email address).
- Only registered users of your site can access the e-mail address you have entered.
- Each user’s email address must be unique.
In Addition …
Adding certain plugins to your site (e.g. for adding social media features), may insert or remove fields in your User Profile section (e.g. add a Twitter username field, insert extra options related to the plugin, etc…)
There are various plugins that allow you to modify 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 dashboard …
See Tip #3 in the “User Profile: Useful Tips” section further below for an example of a free plugin that lets you hide unnecessary fields in the Profile area.
User Profile: Additional Contact Information
As mentioned earlier, your WordPress Profile section has a number of fields that allow you to enter additional contact information such as:
Normally, most users just 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.
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 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 on your site using Google Hangouts, then check out this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you create a professional video conferencing platform on your website using Google Hangouts:
Useful Tips Related To Your Profile
Tip #1: Make sure that Show Toolbar when viewing site is enabled in the Toolbar section of your Profile area …
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 selected nickname gets added to every post published on your site …
This link takes your blog 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 content that you (or your guest users) have published …
You can even add hyperlinks and basic formatting like bold and italicized words to enhance your author description and promote yourself, your services, products, other websites, etc. to site visitors …
This can easily be done by pasting HTML formatted text into the About Yourself > Biographical Info box in your Profile section …
Tip #3 (Advanced User): Hide User Profile Fields
You can install a simple plugin called Hide User Profile Fields that will automatically hide a number of fields when activated, such as:
- Color Scheme
- Keyboard Shortcuts Checkbox
- Admin Toolbar
- Google Talk
- Yahoo IM
- Biographical Info box
- User Role (every new user is added as “Subscriber”)
For more information, visit the plugin page here:
Congratulations! You have now learned how to configure your user details and personal options.
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