How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
Your Profile section lets you edit your name and how to display it on your website, your e-mail address for admin purposes, other personal details, and additional settings.
In this post, you will learn how to change your user profile in WordPress and configure other personal information.
We will also show you how to set up a “resources” box that automatically shows your published content on the Author Archives page of your blog and how to use this feature to better promote yourself and your business online.
Changing Your User Profile In WordPress
At the far right-hand side of the Toolbar 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 …
Select Edit My Profile…
You can also access your user profile using the dashboard navigation menu by going to Users > Your Profile …
This open up the Profile page …
The Profile section contains various subsections that let you manage information about your user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Change Password
Let’s review each of these options …
User Profile Sections
Please refer to the above screenshot as you work through the descriptions below.
Main Profile Screen
1 – How To Access Your Profile
As we’ve already described, you can access your profile screen by clicking on the “Howdy, User Name” tab, 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 main dashboard 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: Should 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
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 color scheme for your WP admin area from the default choices, or customize the color scheme using WordPress plugins …
Although this will not affect what your blog visitors see (your theme controls the look of your website is controlled by your theme) or the functional aspects of your site or blog, this feature can be used to brand the admin area with your corporate colors, or allowing users 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 moderate 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 a range of important administration functions, features, information and “quick links” to other areas of your site …
Important: Leave the “Show Toolbar when viewing site” check box ticked to display the Admin Toolbar in your WordPress administration area.
To learn more about the WordPress toolbar, see the tutorial below:
Profile > Name
6 – Name > Username
You cannot change the username in the User Profile area.
You can, however, change your username if you know how to edit your WordPress database.
You can also change the username inside the WordPress Dashboard using a simpler method that requires no messing with code or modifying your WP database.
Changing your username will affect your login, as this username is required for logging into your site!
We have created a step-by-step tutorial that explains how to do this here:
6 – Name > First Name / Last Name
You can change your First Name and Last Name data in this section.
Just type the 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 one you originally set up for your site to display on 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.
If you select a new nickname, all your posts, comments, etc. will appear with your new nickname, instead of the one that 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 is a required field (see “Notes” section below for more information).
9 – Contact Info > Website
Type the URL of your website or blog in 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 this feature, refer to the “User 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, 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 enter your new password twice before the system can accept the password change.
For a tutorial that teaches you you what to do if you lose or forget passwords, 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.
To learn more about logging out securely in WordPress, see this tutorial:
14 – Update Profile
Click the Update Profile button at the bottom of your screen to update your profile settings …
User Profile: Important Notes
- WordPress only requires your e-mail address and a nickname in your User Profile section.
- Your email address is used only for your blog 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 has been encoded to display your email address).
- Only registered users of your site have access to the e-mail address you have provided.
- Each user’s email address must be unique.
Adding certain plugins to your site (e.g. for adding social media features), may add or remove fields in your User Profile screen (e.g. add a Facebook URL field, display additional functionality settings related to the plugin, etc…)
There are a number of plugins that allow you to change user profile fields. You can find many free plugins by typing in keywords like “user profile fields” in the “Add Plugins” section inside your WP dashboard …
See Tip #3 in the “Useful Tips Related To Your Profile” section below for an example of a free plugin that lets you remove unnecessary user profile fields.
WordPress User Profile: Additional Contact Information
As mentioned previously, the 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.
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 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 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 site using Google Hangouts, then see this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you manage a business-level webinar platform on your site with Google Hangouts:
Your Profile: Tips
Tip #1: Make sure that Show Toolbar when viewing site is enabled inside the Toolbar information area of your Profile screen …
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 blog posts …
Once you have done this, a link to the author displaying your specified nickname will be added to every 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 registered as users on your site) and see other blog posts that you (or other users) have published …
You can also insert links and 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 is easily done by pasting HTML formatted content 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 corporate website, you can install a simple WordPress plugin called Hide User Profile Fields that instantly hides a number of fields when activated, such as:
- Admin Color Scheme
- Keyboard Shortcuts Checkbox
- Admin Toolbar
- Google Talk
- Yahoo IM
- Website address
- Biographical Info
- User Role (every new user is created as “Subscriber”)
For more information, visit the plugin page here:
Congratulations! Now you know how to change your user profile and personal options.
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