How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
The Users Profile screen lets you specify your name and how it will be displayed on your site, your e-mail address for admin purposes, and additional personal information and optional settings associated with your WordPress user account.
In this tutorial, you will learn about changing WordPress user profiles.
You will also learn how to set up an information section that automatically shows up in the “Author Archives” section of your blog and how to use this feature to better promote yourself or your business online.
Editing Your User Profile In WordPress
On the far right-hand side of the Admin Toolbar 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 access your user profile area using the main navigation menu is to go to Users > Your Profile …
This brings you to the Profile page …
The Profile area contains various subsections that allow you to manage information about your WordPress user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Password Settings
Let’s now review each of these options …
Please refer to the above screenshot as you go through the descriptions below.
1 – How To Access Your User Profile
As mentioned above, you can always access your profile by clicking on your username, 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 using the main navigation menu.
Profile > Personal Options
Normally, 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 this box disables the visual editor and uses the plain HTML editor instead.
Tip: If ever you experience issues when trying to insert code into your posts or pages (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 your default WordPress color scheme …
WordPress User Profile: Customizing Your Default WordPress Color Scheme
You can choose a different global color scheme for your WP administration area from the default choices, or customize the color scheme using WordPress plugins …
Although this will not affect what your blog visitors see (the design of your site is controlled by your theme) or the functional aspects of your site or blog, 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
Ticking the “Enable keyboard shortcuts for comment moderation” box allow you to moderate comments using keyboard shortcuts.
5 – Toolbar
The Admin Toolbar is located at the very top of your Admin screen and provides you (and your logged in site users) with access to various administrative functions, features, information and “quick links” to other areas of your site …
Important: Leave the “Show Toolbar when viewing site” checkbox ticked to display the Toolbar in your WordPress 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 User Profile screen.
You can, however, change your username if you know how to edit your WP database.
You can also change your username inside the WP Dashboard using a simpler method that requires no code editing or messing with your WordPress 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 teaches you you how to do this, go here:
6 – Name > First Name / Last Name
You can modify the First Name and Last Name details in this section.
Just type 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 one you originally registered for your WordPress site in your posts, then 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.
Once you select a nickname, all your blog 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 is entered in the Email (required) field. This is a required field (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 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 this feature, see the “WordPress User Profile: Additional Contact Information” section further below.
Profile > About Yourself
11 – About Yourself > Biographical Info
This section lets you add 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 this feature, see the “Useful Tips Related To Your Profile” section below.
12 – About Yourself > Password Settings
Here you can change your login password details.
Use the New Password section only if you need to change your login password. You will need to enter the new password twice before the system can accept the password change.
For a tutorial that teaches you you 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 the one in your current browser. This is useful if, for example, you have 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
Remember to click Update Profile if you change any details in your profile to save your changes …
- WordPress only requires an e-mail address and a nickname.
- Your email address is used only for administrative purposes.
- Your email address is never sent to any other site (including WordPress) and it is never shown on your website (unless you 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 e-mail address you have entered.
- Each email address must be unique.
In Addition …
Adding certain plugins to your site (e.g. for adding social media features), may insert or remove fields in your User Profile screen (e.g. add a Twitter username field, display additional functionality options related to the plugin, etc…)
There are a number of plugins that let you modify 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 WP dashboard …
See Tip #3 in the “User Profile: Additional Information” section below for an example of a free plugin that lets you hide unnecessary user profile fields.
WordPress User Profile: Additional Contact Information
As mentioned previously, your Profile area has a number of fields that allow you to enter additional contact information such as:
Normally, you would simply 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.
Currently, 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 lets you 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+ …
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 create a business-level webinar platform on your web site with Google Hangouts:
WordPress User Profile: Tips
Tip #1: Check 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 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 on your posts …
After you have set this up, a link to the author displaying your specified nickname is added to every post published on your site …
Clicking on the author 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 articles that you (or other authors) have published …
You can insert 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 …
This can easily be done by adding 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 automatically hides a number of fields when activated, such as:
- Color Selector
- Keyboard Shortcuts Checkbox
- Admin Toolbar
- Google Talk
- Yahoo IM
- Biographical Info
- User Role (every new user is registered as “Subscriber”)
To learn more, visit the plugin page here:
Congratulations! Now you know how to edit your user profile and personal settings in WordPress.
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