How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
Your Profile area lets you edit your name and how to display it on your website or blog, your e-mail address for administrative purposes, and additional 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 contact details.
You will also learn how to set up an “about the author” section that will automatically display on your site in the “Author Archives” section and how to use this feature to better promote users or their business online.
Changing Your User Profile And Personal Settings In WordPress
At the far right-hand side in your admin area is the “Howdy, User Name” section …
Hover over this area with your mouse and it expands to display your Gravatar image, your name and username, and also links pointing to your “Profile Screen” and a “Log Out” link …
Select Edit My Profile…
Alternatively, to access your user profile section from the dashboard navigation menu, go to Users > Your Profile …
This brings you to the Profile page …
The Profile area contains a number of subsections that let you view and edit information about your user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Change Password
Let’s now review each of these options below …
Your Profile Fields
Please refer to the above image as you work through the descriptions below.
1 – Accessing Your User Profile
As we’ve already mentioned, you can access your profile by clicking on the “Howdy, User Name” tab and selecting “Edit My Profile” from the drop-down menu, or selecting Users > Your Profile using the dashboard navigation 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 this box disables the visual editor and uses the plain HTML editor instead.
Tip: Should you experience any problems when trying to insert code into your posts or pages (e.g. HTML), try disabling the visual editor by ticking the checkbox in this section.
3 – Admin Color Scheme
WordPress lets you customize the look of your WordPress Dashboard by changing your default WordPress color scheme …
WordPress User Profile: Changing The Global WordPress Color Scheme
You can select a different color scheme for your WP admin area from the default choices, or customize the color scheme using various WordPress plugins …
Although this has no impact on what your blog visitors see (the external look of your site is controlled by your theme) or the functionality of your site or blog, this feature can be used for branding the admin area with your corporate colors, or allowing registered users on your site to personalize their own dashboard area.
To learn how to further customize your WordPress dashboard, see the tutorial below:
4 – Keyboard Shortcuts
Checking this box allow you to use keyboard shortcuts when moderating comments.
5 – Toolbar
The WordPress Toolbar displays at the very top of your Administration screen and provides you (and your registered users) with access to a number of administrative functions, features, information and “quick links” to other areas of your site …
Note: Leave the “Show Toolbar when viewing site” checkbox enabled to display the Admin Toolbar in your WP administration area.
To learn more about the WordPress toolbar, see the tutorial below:
Profile > Name
6 – Name > Username
You cannot change a username in the Profile section.
You can, however, change your username if you know how to edit your WP database.
You can also change your username inside the WordPress 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 edit your First Name and Last Name data in this section.
Just enter a 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 set up for your WordPress site in your posts, you can change the Nickname (required) field and select your new nickname from the Display name publicly as drop down menu …
You can add multiple nicknames to your profile section.
Once you select a new nickname, all your posts, comments, etc. will then display with the new nickname, instead of the one you originally set up your site 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 your website or blog URL into the Website field (optional).
If you would like to display another URL in your profile, then enter the URL 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, see the “User Profile: Additional Contact Information” section below.
Profile > About Yourself
11 – About Yourself > Biographical Info
In this section, you can insert 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 this feature, refer to the “Your Profile: Useful Tips” section below.
12 – About Yourself > Password Settings
Here you can change your login password details.
Use the New Password section only if you are required 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 what to do if you lose or forget passwords, go here:
13 – Log Out Of All Other Sessions
WordPress lets you log out of all current sessions except 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 this tutorial:
14 – Update Profile
Click Update Profile before leaving this section to save your changes …
- WordPress only requires an email address and a nickname in the User Profile section.
- 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 display it, or use a theme that displays the email address).
- Only registered users of your site have access to the e-mail 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 the User Profile screen (e.g. add a Twitter username field, insert extra options related to the plugin, etc…)
There are various plugins that allow you to change user profile fields. You can browse these plugins by going to Add Plugins and searching for “user profile fields” inside your 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 hide unnecessary user profile fields.
User Profile: Additional Contact Info
As mentioned earlier, the Profile area 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 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 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 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 webinars online using Google Hangouts, then check out this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you manage a business-level video conferencing 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 information area of your Profile page …
Tip #2: Your user profile gives you an additional opportunity to create additional backlinks which can be indexed by search engines.
To start with, add a Nickname and/or select a different name to display as the author of your posts …
Once you have set this up, a link to the author displaying your chosen nickname will be added to every post published on your site …
This link takes your blog visitors to the Author Archives section, where they can learn more about you (or about other authors publishing content on your site) and see all posts that you (or your guest users) have published …
You can also insert hyperlinks and basic text formatting like bold and italicized words to improve your author description and promote yourself, your services, products, other websites, etc. to blog readers …
This can be easily done by pasting 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
You can install a simple WordPress plugin called Hide User Profile Fields that hides a number of fields when activated, such as:
- Color Selector
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- Yahoo IM
- Biography description
- User Role (every new user is created as “Subscriber”)
To learn more, visit the plugin page here:
Congratulations! You have now learned how to change your user details in WordPress.
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