How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
The WordPress Users Profile area lets you edit your name and how it will be displayed on your site, your e-mail address for administrative purposes, optional contact details, plus additional options.
In this article, you will learn how to change your user profile in WordPress and configure optional personal details.
We will also show you how to create an information section that will automatically display in the “Author Archives” page of your site and how to use this feature to better promote an author or their business online.
Editing Your User Profile And Personal Settings In WordPress
On the far right-hand side in your admin area is the Howdy, User Name section …
Hover over this area with your mouse and it displays your Gravatar image, 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 screen using the main navigation menu, go to Users > Your Profile …
This open up the Profile area …
The Profile section contains various subsections that allow you to view and edit information about your WordPress user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Password Settings
Let’s now go through each of these sections below …
Your Profile Sections
Please refer to the above screenshot as you work through the sections below.
Main Profile Screen
1 – Accessing Your Profile
As described above, you can always access your profile section 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 using the dashboard menu.
Profile > Personal Options
You would 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 issues when trying to insert code into your posts or pages (e.g. HTML), try disabling the visual editor by ticking the 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 The Global WordPress Color Scheme
You can select a new global color scheme for your WP admin area from the default choices provided, or customize the color scheme using various 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 functional aspects of your site, this feature can be useful to brand the dashboard area with your corporate colors, or allowing users 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 use keyboard shortcuts on comments.
5 – Toolbar
The Toolbar is located at the very top of your Admin screen and provides you (and your registered site users) with access to a range of useful administration 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 Toolbar in your WordPress administration area.
To learn more about the benefits of using the WordPress toolbar, see the tutorial below:
Profile > Name
6 – Name > Username
The username cannot be changed in the Profile area by anyone, including the site administrator.
You can, however, change your username if you know how to edit your WP database.
You can also change your username from your WP Admin area using an easier method that requires no messing with code or editing 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 teaches 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 enter your first name and last name into the text fields …
7 – Name > Nickname / Display Name Publicly As
If you want a different author name than the name you originally set up for your site or blog to display in your posts, then change the Nickname (required) field and select your new 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 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
Enter your website address into the Website field.
If you would like to display another URL 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, see 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 this feature, refer to the “Useful Tips Related To Your WordPress Profile” section further below.
12 – About Yourself > Password Settings
Here you can change your login password details.
Use this 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 a step-by-step tutorial that explains you what to do if you lose or forget login passwords 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’ve 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 …
Important Notes - User Profile
- WordPress only requires an email address and a nickname in your User Profile section.
- Your email address is only used for administrative purposes.
- 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 WP theme that has been encoded to display the email address).
- Only registered users of your site can access the e-mail address you have provided.
- 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 your User Profile area (e.g. add a Twitter username field, insert additional functionality options related to the plugin, etc…)
There are various plugins that allow you to change user profile fields. You can browse many free plugins by going to Add Plugins and searching for “user profile fields” inside your WP dashboard …
See Tip #3 in the “User Profile: Additional Info” section further below for an example of a free plugin that lets you remove unnecessary fields in your Profile section.
Your Profile: Additional Contact Info
As mentioned previously, the User Profile area has a number of fields that allow you to enter additional contact information such as:
Most users just 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.
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 lets you 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 to Google Hangouts.
Google Hangouts is an instant messaging and video chat platform developed by Google. It replaces three messaging 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 business webinars online using Google Hangouts, then see this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you create a business-level video conferencing platform on your WordPress site with Google Hangouts:
WordPress User Profile: Additional Info
Tip #1: Check that Show Toolbar when viewing site is enabled in the Toolbar information area 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 of your blog posts …
After you have set this up, a link to the author displaying your selected nickname is added to every 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 other posts that you (or other users) have published …
You can also include hyperlinks and simple text 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 be done by inserting HTML formatted text into the About Yourself > Biographical Info text box in your Profile section …
Tip #3 (Advanced User): How To 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:
- Color Selector
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- Admin Toolbar
- Google Talk
- Yahoo IM
- Biographical Info
- User Role (every new user is added as “Subscriber”)
For more information, visit the plugin page here:
Congratulations! Now you know how to edit your user profile in WordPress.
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