How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
Your Users Profile section lets you how your name displays on your website, your e-mail address for administrative purposes, and additional personal information and personal options associated with your WordPress user account.
In this tutorial, you will learn about changing your WordPress user profile.
We will also show you how to set up an information section that will display any content published by a user in the Author Archives section of your blog and how to use this feature to better promote yourself or your business online.
How To Edit Your User Details And Personal Options In WordPress
On the far right in your dashboard area is the Howdy, User Name section …
Hover over this section with your mouse and it expands to display an image of your Gravatar, your name and username, and links pointing to your “Profile Screen” and a “Log Out” link …
Select Edit My Profile…
Another way to edit your user profile section using the dashboard navigation menu is to go to Users > Your Profile …
This brings you to the Profile area …
The Profile section contains a number of subsections that let you view and manage information about your user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Change Password
Let’s review each of these sections below …
Your Profile Settings
Please refer to the above image as you go through the sections below.
User Profile Screen
1 – How To Access Your Profile
As we’ve already mentioned, you can access your profile screen by clicking on the “Howdy, User Name” tab at the very top right hand corner of your admin screen and selecting “Edit My Profile” from the drop-down menu, or selecting Users > Your Profile using the main navigation menu.
Profile > Personal Options
You would 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
Ticking 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 content (e.g. HTML), try disabling the visual editor by ticking the 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: Customizing The Global WordPress Color Scheme
You can choose a new color scheme for your WP dashboard area from the default choices provided, or customize the color scheme using various WordPress plugins …
Although this has no impact on what your site visitors see (the external design of your site is controlled by your theme) or the functional aspects of your site or blog, this feature can be useful to brand the admin area with your corporate colors, or allowing other site users to personalize their own dashboard area.
To learn how to customize your WordPress dashboard, see the tutorial below:
4 – Keyboard Shortcuts
Ticking this box allow you to use keyboard shortcuts on comments.
5 – Toolbar
The WordPress Toolbar is located at the very top of your Administration screen and provides you (and your registered users) with access to a range of useful admin 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
You cannot change the username in the User Profile screen.
You can, however, change your username if you know how to edit your WP database.
You can also change your username from your WordPress Dashboard using an easier method that requires no messing with code or editing your site’s database.
Changing your username will affect your login, as this username is required for logging into your WordPress site!
For a step-by-step tutorial that explains you how to do this, go here:
6 – Name > First Name / Last Name
You can edit the First Name and Last Name details in this section.
Just type the first name and last name into the name 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 in your posts, you can change the Nickname (required) field and select a different 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 has been entered in the Email (required) field. This field is required (see “Notes” section below for more information).
9 – Contact Info > Website
Type your website URL into the Website field (optional).
If you have another website or 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 fill in the other Contact Info section fields, or just ignore these.
For more details about this feature, see the “User Profile: Additional Contact Info” section below.
Profile > About Yourself
11 – About Yourself > Biographical Info
This section lets you 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 using this feature, see the “Your Profile: Tips” section below.
12 – About Yourself > Password Settings
This section lets you change your login password details.
Use the New Password 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.
For a step-by-step tutorial that teaches you you what to do if you lose or forget login passwords in WordPress, 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.
For more information 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 …
- WordPress only requires your email address and a nickname in your Profile section.
- Your email address is only used for your blog administration.
- Your email address is never sent to any other site (including WordPress) and it is never displayed on your site (unless you choose to publish it, or use a WP theme that displays your email address).
- Only registered users of your site can access the email address you provide.
- Every email address must be unique.
Installing certain plugins on your site (e.g. for adding social media features), may add or remove fields in the User Profile section (e.g. add a Facebook URL field, display additional functionality settings related to the plugin, etc…)
There are various plugins that let you change user profile fields. You can browse a number of free plugins by going to Add Plugins and searching for “user profile fields” 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 fields in your Profile area.
WordPress User Profile: Additional Contact Info
As mentioned previously, your 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 customize their templates to display this and other contact information.
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.
Currently, 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 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 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 see this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you create a professional webinar platform on your 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 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 …
Once you have done this, a link to the author displaying your selected nickname is added to every post published on your site …
Clicking on the author link takes site visitors to the Author Archives section, where they can learn more about you (or about other authors registered as users on your site) and see other content that you (or your guest authors) have published …
You can add 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 type 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 corporate website, you can install a free WordPress plugin called Hide User Profile Fields that instantly hides a number of fields when activated, such as:
- Colors Profile
- Keyboard Shortcuts Checkbox
- Admin Toolbar
- Google Talk
- Yahoo IM
- Biography description
- User Role (every new user is registered as “Subscriber”)
For more information, visit the plugin page here:
Congratulations! Now you know how to edit your user profile in WordPress.
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