How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
The WordPress Users Profile screen lets you how your name displays on your website or blog, your e-mail address for admin purposes, other contact information, and personal settings.
In this article, you will learn about editing your WordPress user profile.
We will also show you how to create an information section that automatically displays on your site in the “Author Archives” area and how to use this feature to better promote users and their business online.
How To Change Your User Details And Personal Settings In WordPress
At the far right-hand side of the Toolbar is the “Howdy, User Name” section …
If you hover over this panel with your mouse it expands to display your Gravatar image, your name and username, and links to your “Profile Screen” and a “Log Out” link …
Select Edit My Profile…
Alternatively, to access your user profile area from the dashboard menu, go to Users > Your Profile …
This brings you to the Profile screen …
The Profile section contains a number of subsections that let you manage information about your user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Change Password
Let’s now review each of these sections below …
Your Profile Settings
Please refer to the above screenshot as you work through the sections below.
User Profile Area
1 – How To Access Your Profile
As we’ve already described, you can access your profile by clicking on your username, which is displayed in 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 dashboard navigation 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
Ticking the “Disable the visual editor when writing” box disables the visual editor and uses the plain HTML editor instead.
Tip: If ever you experience issues when trying to insert code into your posts or pages (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: Customizing Your Default WordPress Color Scheme
You can choose a new color scheme for your WordPress admin area from the default choices, or add a custom color scheme using WordPress plugins …
Although this has no impact on what your blog visitors see (themes control the external look of your site is controlled by themes) or the functional aspects of your site, this feature can be useful for branding the dashboard area with your corporate colors, or allowing other site users to personalize their own dashboard.
To learn how to further customize your WordPress dashboard, see the tutorial below:
4 – Keyboard Shortcuts
Checking the “Enable keyboard shortcuts for comment moderation” box allow you to moderate comments faster using keyboard shortcuts.
5 – Toolbar
The Admin Toolbar displays at the very top of your Admin screen and provides you (and your 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 enabled to display the Admin Toolbar in your WP dashboard area.
To learn more about using 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 admin.
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 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 explains how to do this here:
6 – Name > First Name / Last Name
You can modify the First Name and Last Name details 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 to display a different author name than the one you originally registered for your site or blog 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 nickname, all your posts, published comments, etc. will appear with this new nickname, instead of the name you originally registered with.
Profile > Contact Info
8 – Contact Info > Email
Make sure 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 (optional).
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, refer to the “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 site 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: Tips” section below.
12 – About Yourself > Password Settings
Here you can change your login password details.
Use this section only if you need to change 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 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’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 the tutorial below:
14 – Update Profile
Click Update Profile if you change any details in your profile to save your changes …
Important Notes: User Profile
- WordPress only requires your email address and a nickname.
- Your email address is only used for your site administration.
- The email address on your profile is never sent to any other site (including WordPress) and it is never shown on your website (unless you decided to publish 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 email 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 insert or remove fields in the User Profile section (e.g. add a Facebook URL field, display extra settings related to the plugin, etc…)
There are a number of plugins that let you modify user profile fields. You can browse a number of free plugins by typing in keywords like “user profile fields” in the “Add Plugins” section inside your WordPress dashboard …
See Tip #3 in the “Useful Tips Related To Your Profile” section further below for an example of a free plugin that lets you hide unnecessary user profile fields.
User Profile: Additional Contact Information
As mentioned above, the WordPress Profile section has a number of fields that allow you to enter extra contact information such as:
Normally, most users 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”, if you click on the link in this section, you will actually be taken 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 webinars online using Google Hangouts, then check out this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you manage a business-level webinar platform on your website with Google Hangouts:
Useful Tips Related To Your WordPress User Profile
Tip #1: Make sure that Show Toolbar when viewing site is enabled inside the Toolbar subsection 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 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 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 other blog posts that you (or your guest authors) have published …
You can insert hyperlinks 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 …
To do this just paste 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 WP plugin called Hide User Profile Fields that will automatically hide the following fields from your site’s user profiles and creation pages when activated:
- Admin Color Scheme
- Keyboard Shortcuts Checkbox
- Admin Toolbar
- Google Talk
- Yahoo IM
- Website URL
- Biography description
- User Role (every new user is added as “Subscriber”)
To learn more, visit the plugin page here:
Congratulations! You have now learned how to edit your user details and personal settings in WordPress.
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