How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
The WordPress Users Profile area lets you how your name will be displayed on your website or blog, your e-mail address for admin purposes, other personal information, plus additional options.
In this post, you will learn about editing WordPress user profiles.
You will also learn how to set up a “resources” section that will automatically link your published content to the Author Archives area of your blog and how to use this feature to better promote users who publish content on your blog or their business online.
How To Change Your WordPress User Profile And Personal Settings
On the far right-hand side in your administration area is the “Howdy, User Name” section …
Hover over this section 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 edit your user profile using the dashboard menu by going to Users > Your Profile …
This open up the Profile screen …
The Profile screen contains a number of subsections that let you view and edit information about your WordPress user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Password Settings
Let’s review each of these sections below …
User Profile Fields
Please refer to the image above as you work through the descriptions below.
Main User Profile Screen
1 – How To Access Your Profile
As we’ve already mentioned, you can always access your profile page 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 dashboard menu.
Profile > Personal Options
You can typically 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 this box disables the visual editor and uses the plain HTML editor instead.
Tip: Should you experience problems when trying to add code to your posts or pages (e.g. HTML), try disabling the visual editor checkbox in this section.
3 – Admin Color Scheme
In version 3.8, WordPress introduced a new design feature that allows you to 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 different global color scheme for your WP administration area from the default choices, or customize the color scheme using WordPress plugins …
Although this has no impact on what your blog visitors see (the external design of your site is controlled by themes) or the functionality of your site, this feature can be used to brand the dashboard 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
Ticking the Enable keyboard shortcuts for comment moderation box allow you to use keyboard shortcuts to moderate comments.
5 – Toolbar
The Toolbar is located at the very top of your Dashboard screen and provides you (and your logged in site users) with access to a range of useful administrative 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 WordPress dashboard area.
To learn more about the WordPress toolbar, see the tutorial below:
Profile > Name
6 – Name > Username
You cannot change the username in the 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 Admin area using a simpler method that requires no messing with code or modifying 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 step-by-step tutorial that explains how to do this here:
6 – Name > First Name / Last Name
You can modify your First Name and Last Name data in this section.
Just type your first name and last name into the text fields …
7 – Name > Nickname / Display Name Publicly As
If you want to display a different author name than the one you originally registered for your WordPress 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 select a new nickname, all your posts, published comments, etc. will then display with the new nickname, instead of the one you originally registered 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
Enter the URL of your website or blog 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 this feature, refer to 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 “User Profile: Useful Tips” section 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 confirm your new password before the system can accept the password change.
To learn more about resetting your login 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 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 at the bottom of your page to save your changes …
User Profile: Important Notes
- WordPress only requires an email address and a nickname.
- Your email address is used only for administration purposes.
- The email address on your profile is never sent to any other site (including WordPress) and it is never shown on your site (unless you specifically choose to publish it, or use a WP theme that has been encoded to display your email address).
- Only registered users of your blog can access the email address you provide.
- Each user’s email address must be unique.
Adding certain plugins to your site (e.g. for adding social media features), may insert or remove fields in the User Profile screen (e.g. add a Facebook URL field, display 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 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 User Profile” section further below for an example of a free plugin that lets you remove unnecessary user profile fields.
WordPress User Profile: Additional Contact Info
As mentioned earlier, the Profile section has a number of fields that allow you to enter additional contact information such as:
Most users simply 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”, if you click on the link in this section, you will actually be taken 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 business webinars on your website using Google Hangouts, then see this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you run a business-level video conferencing platform on your WordPress site with Google Hangouts:
User Profile: Tips
Tip #1: Make sure that Show Toolbar when viewing site is enabled in the Toolbar section of your Profile page …
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 posts …
After you have set this up, a link to the author displaying your chosen nickname is 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 publishing content on your site) and see other blog posts that you (or other users) have published …
You can even add links and simple text formatting like bold and italicized words to enhance your author description and promote yourself, your services, products, other websites, etc. to your site visitors …
This can easily be done by pasting HTML formatted text into the About Yourself > Biographical Info text area in your Profile section …
Tip #3 (Advanced User): Hide User Profile Fields
You can install a simple plugin called Hide User Profile Fields that hides a number of fields when activated, such as:
- Color Selector
- 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! You have now learned how to edit your WordPress user profile settings.
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