How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
The Profile screen lets you how your name will be displayed on your website or blog, your e-mail address for admin purposes, and additional personal information and personal options associated with your WordPress user account.
In this article, you will learn how to change your WordPress user profile and configure other personal details.
You will also learn how to create a biographical info section that will automatically link your published content to the Author Archives section of your site and how to use this feature to better promote users or their business online.
How To Change Your User Profile And Personal Options
At the far right at the top of your screen 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 to your “Profile Screen” and a “Log Out” link …
Choose Edit My Profile…
Alternatively, to access your user profile screen using the main dashboard menu, go to Users > Your Profile …
This brings you to the Profile area …
The Profile screen contains a number of subsections that let you manage information about your WordPress user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Change Password
Let’s go through each of these sections …
User Profile Options
Please refer to the image above as you work through the descriptions below.
1 – Accessing Your Profile
As we’ve already described, you can always access your profile 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 from the main 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
Checking the Disable the visual editor when writing box disables the visual editor and uses the plain HTML editor instead.
Tip: If 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 selecting a global color scheme …
WordPress User Profile: Changing The Default WordPress Color Scheme
You can select a different color scheme for your WordPress administration area from the default choices, or customize the color scheme using various WordPress plugins …
Although this does not affect what your blog visitors see (the design of your site is controlled by your theme) or the functionality of your site, this feature can be used for branding the admin 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 navigate rapidly and perform actions 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 site users) with access to various useful administrative functions, features, information and “quick links” to other areas of your site …
Important: Leave the “Show Toolbar when viewing site” checkbox enabled to display the Admin Toolbar in your WordPress admin area.
To learn more about the uses of the WordPress toolbar, see the tutorial below:
Profile > Name
6 – Name > Username
You cannot change the username in the User Profile section.
You can, however, change your username if you know how to edit your WordPress database.
You can also change the username from your WordPress Dashboard using an easier method that requires no messing with code or modifying your WordPress database.
Changing your username will affect your login, as this username is required for logging into your WordPress site!
For a tutorial that shows you you how to do this, go here:
6 – Name > First Name / Last Name
You can edit your First Name and Last Name details in this section.
Just type in a 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 name you originally set up for your WordPress site 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 in your profile section.
Once you change the nickname, all your posts, published comments, etc. will then display with the new nickname, instead of the name that you originally installed WordPress with.
Profile > Contact Info
8 – Contact Info > Email
Ensure that your correct email address has been entered in the Email (required) field. This is a required field (see “Notes” section below for more information).
9 – Contact Info > Website
Type the address of your website or blog 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 this feature, refer to the “WordPress User Profile: Additional Contact Info” 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 using this feature, refer to the “WordPress User 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 a tutorial that explains you reset WordPress 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 securely out of WordPress, see this tutorial:
14 – Update Profile
Don’t forget to click the Update Profile button to save any changes you make to your user profile …
Notes - User Profile
- WordPress only requires your e-mail 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 displayed on your website (unless you specifically choose to publish it, or use a theme that has been encoded to display the email address).
- Only registered users of your blog can access the email address you have entered.
- Each user’s email address must be unique.
Installing certain plugins on 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, display additional functionality options related to the plugin, etc…)
There are a number of plugins that allow you to customize user profile fields. You can find many free plugins by typing in keywords like “user profile fields” in the “Add Plugins” section inside your dashboard …
See Tip #3 in the “Useful Tips Related To Your WordPress Profile” section further below for an example of a free plugin that lets you remove unnecessary user profile fields.
User Profile: Additional Contact Information
As mentioned above, the WordPress Profile screen 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 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 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+ …
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 create a professional webinar platform on your WordPress site with Google Hangouts:
Your Profile: Useful 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.
As mentioned earlier, you can 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 chosen nickname will be added to every blog post published on your site …
This 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 posts that you (or other authors) have published …
You can 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 …
To do this just paste HTML formatted text into the About Yourself > Biographical Info text area in your Profile section …
Tip #3 (Advanced User): How To Hide User Profile Fields
You can install a free plugin called Hide User Profile Fields that hides the following fields from your site’s user profiles and creation pages when activated:
- Color Selector
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- Google Talk
- Yahoo IM
- Biography description
- User Role (every new user is added as “Subscriber”)
To learn more, visit the plugin page here:
Congratulations! You have just learned how to modify your user details and personal options.
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