How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
Your WordPress Users Profile screen lets you specify your name and how to display it on your site, your e-mail address for administrative purposes, other personal details, plus additional settings.
In this blog post, you will learn about changing WordPress user profiles.
You will also learn how to create a “resources” section that will display your content in the Author Archives page of your blog and how to use this feature to better promote yourself and your business online.
Editing Your User Details And Personal Settings In WordPress
At the far right-hand side at the top of your screen is the Howdy, User Name section …
Hover over this panel with your mouse and it displays 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 using the main dashboard menu by going to Users > Your Profile …
This open up the Profile area …
The Profile section contains various subsections that allow you to manage information about your user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Password Settings
Let’s now review each of these options …
Your Profile Options
Please refer to the above image as you go through the descriptions below.
Main User Profile Section
1 – How To Access Your User Profile
As we’ve already mentioned, you can access your profile by clicking on the “Howdy, User Name” section, 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 main dashboard menu.
Profile > Personal Options
You can 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 ever you experience any problems when trying to insert code into 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 Your Default WordPress Color Scheme
You can choose a different color scheme for your WordPress admin area from the default choices, or customize the color scheme using WordPress plugins …
Although this has no impact on what your blog visitors see (themes control the external design of your site is controlled by your theme) or the functionality of your site, this feature can be useful to brand the dashboard area with your corporate colors, or allowing other site users to personalize their own admin area.
To learn how to further customize your WordPress dashboard, see the tutorial below:
4 – Keyboard Shortcuts
Ticking the Enable keyboard shortcuts for comment moderation box allow you to moderate comments quickly using keyboard shortcuts.
5 – Toolbar
The Toolbar displays at the very top of your Admin 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 …
Important: Leave the “Show Toolbar when viewing site” check box ticked to display the Admin Toolbar in your WP administration 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 Profile area.
You can, however, change your username if you know how to edit your WP database.
You can also change the username inside the WordPress Admin area using an easier method that requires no code editing or messing around with your WP 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 change your 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 set up for your site or blog on 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 to your profile section.
Once you select a nickname, all your posts, published comments, etc. will then display with the new nickname, instead of the name that you originally set up your site 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 or blog address in the Website field.
If you have another website or business blog that you want 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 using 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 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, refer to the “Your 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 need to modify or reset your login password. You will need to enter your new password twice before the system can accept the password change.
For a tutorial that shows you you what to do if you have lost or forgotten login passwords 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 this tutorial:
14 – Update Profile
Don’t forget to click the Update Profile button to save any changes you make to your user profile …
User Profile: Important Notes
- WordPress only requires an e-mail address and a nickname.
- Your email address is used only 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 site (unless you choose to display it, or use a specific WP theme that displays the email address).
- Only registered users of your blog have access to the e-mail address you have entered.
- Each 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 screen (e.g. add a Facebook URL field, display extra fields related to the plugin, etc…)
There are a number of plugins that allow you to 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 WP dashboard …
See Tip #3 in the “Useful Tips Related To Your WordPress User Profile” section below for an example of a free plugin that lets you remove unnecessary user profile fields.
WordPress User Profile: Additional Contact Info
As mentioned earlier, the Profile section has a number of fields that allow you to enter extra contact information such as:
Normally, you would 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 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+ …
Tip: If you plan to run business webinars online using Google Hangouts, then check out this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you manage a professional webinar platform on your WordPress site using 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 section of your Profile screen …
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 on your blog posts …
Once you have done this, a link to the author displaying your selected nickname gets added to every post published on your site …
This link takes your 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 all content that you (or other authors) have published …
You can add links and simple formatting like bold and italicized words to improve your author description and promote yourself, your services, products, other websites, etc. to your site visitors …
This can easily be done by inserting HTML formatted text into the About Yourself > Biographical Info text box in your Profile section …
Tip #3 (Advanced User): How To Hide User Profile Fields
You can install a simple WP plugin called Hide User Profile Fields that instantly hides a number of fields when activated, such as:
- Admin Color Profile
- Keyboard Shortcuts Checkbox
- Yahoo IM
- Biographical Info
- User Role (every new user is registered as “Subscriber”)
To learn more, visit the plugin page here:
Congratulations! You have just learned how to change your user profile and personal options in WordPress.
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