How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
The WordPress Users Profile screen lets you configure your name and how to display it on your site, your e-mail address for admin purposes, and other personal information and optional settings related to your WordPress user account.
In this post, you will learn how to change your WordPress user profile and configure optional contact details.
We will also show you how to set up a “resources” section that will display your published content in the Author Archives page of your blog and how to use this feature to better promote yourself and your business online.
How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
On the far right in your admin area is the “Howdy, User Name” section …
Hover over this panel with your mouse and it will expand with an image of your Gravatar, your name and username, and also links pointing to your “Profile Screen” and a “Log Out” link …
Select Edit My Profile…
You can also edit your user profile screen using the main navigation menu by going to Users > Your Profile …
This open up the Profile area …
The Profile area contains various subsections that allow you to view and manage information about your user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Change Password
Let’s go through each of these options …
Your Profile Options
Please refer to the image above as you go through the descriptions below.
Main User Profile Area
1 – Accessing Your User Profile
As we’ve already described, you can always access your profile by clicking on the “Howdy, User Name” section at the very top right hand corner of your administration screen toolbar and selecting “Edit My Profile” from the drop-down menu, or selecting Users > Your Profile from the main dashboard menu.
Profile > Personal Options
Normally, 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
Ticking the Disable the visual editor when writing box disables the visual editor and uses the plain HTML editor instead.
Tip: If you experience any problems when trying to add code to your pages or posts (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 changing the default WordPress color scheme …
WordPress User Profile: Changing The Global WordPress Color Scheme
You can select a new color scheme for your WordPress administration area from the default choices provided, or customize the color scheme using WordPress plugins …
Although this has no impact on what your site visitors see (themes control the look of your site is controlled by themes) or the functionality of your site, this feature can be used to brand the dashboard area with your corporate colors, or allowing other site users to personalize their own dashboard area.
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 when moderating comments using keyboard shortcuts.
5 – Toolbar
The Admin Toolbar displays at the very top of your Dashboard screen and provides you (and your users) with access to a number of important admin 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 Toolbar in your WP dashboard area.
To learn more about the uses of the WordPress toolbar, see the tutorial below:
Profile > Name
6 – Name > Username
You cannot change a username in the User Profile section.
You can, however, change your username if you know how to edit your WP database.
You can also change your username from your WP Dashboard using a simpler 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!
We have created a tutorial that teaches you how to do this here:
6 – Name > First Name / Last Name
You can modify the First Name and Last Name data in this section.
Just enter 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 in your posts, then change the Nickname (required) field and select another nickname from the Display name publicly as drop down menu …
You can add multiple nicknames to your profile section.
If you change the nickname, all your blog posts, published comments, etc. will appear with the new nickname, instead of the name you originally set up your site 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
Add your website address into the Website field.
If you have another website or business 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 using this feature, refer to the “Your Profile: Additional Contact Information” section further below.
Profile > About Yourself
11 – About Yourself > Biographical Info
In this section, you can add a personal or business description for your site 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, see the “WordPress User Profile: Additional Info” 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 the new password before the system can accept the password change.
To learn more about changing a 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.
For more information about logging securely out of WordPress, see the tutorial below:
14 – Update Profile
Click the Update Profile button to save any changes you make to your user profile settings …
Notes - User Profile
- WordPress only requires your email address and a nickname in your Profile section.
- Your email address is used only for admin purposes.
- Your email address is never sent to any other site (including WordPress) and it is never shown on your site (unless you publish it, or use a particular WordPress theme that displays the email address).
- Only registered users of your blog can access the email address you provide.
- Each user’s email address must be unique.
In Addition …
Installing certain plugins on your site (e.g. for adding social media features), may add or remove fields in the User Profile area (e.g. add a Twitter username field, insert extra fields related to the plugin, etc…)
There are a number of plugins that allow you to change user profile fields. You can find a number of 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 User Profile” section below for an example of a free plugin that lets you hide unnecessary user profile fields.
Your Profile: Additional Contact Information
As mentioned previously, your 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 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 lets you 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 previously implemented 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 on your website using Google Hangouts, then see this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you manage a professional video conferencing platform on your WordPress site using Google Hangouts:
Useful Tips Related To Your Profile
Tip #1: Check that Show Toolbar when viewing site is enabled inside the Toolbar section of your Profile area …
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 posts …
After you have done this, a link to the author displaying your chosen nickname gets added to every blog post published on your site …
This link takes site visitors to the Author Archives section, where they can learn more about you (or about other authors publishing content on your site) and see what other posts that you (or your guest authors) have published …
You can insert hyperlinks and simple 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 easily be done by typing HTML formatted content into the About Yourself > Biographical Info text area 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 free plugin called Hide User Profile Fields that instantly hides the following fields from your site’s user profiles and creation pages when activated:
- Color Scheme
- Keyboard Shortcuts Checkbox
- Admin Toolbar
- Yahoo IM
- Website field
- Biography description
- User Role (every new user is registered as “Subscriber”)
For more information, visit the plugin page here:
Congratulations! You have just learned how to edit your user details and personal options.
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