How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
Your WordPress Users Profile section lets you how your name will be displayed on your website or blog, your e-mail address for admin purposes, other personal information, and personal options.
In this blog post, you will learn how to edit your user profile in WordPress and configure other personal details.
We will also show you how to set up a user information box that will automatically show up on your site in the “Author Archives” section and how to use this feature to better promote an author and their business online.
How To Change Your User Details
At the far right of the Toolbar is the “Howdy, User Name” section …
Hover over this panel with your mouse and it expands to display an image of your Gravatar, your name and username, and links to your “Profile Screen” and a “Log Out” link …
Select Edit My Profile…
You can also edit your user profile from the main dashboard menu by going to Users > Your Profile …
This open up the Profile section …
The Profile screen contains a number of subsections that let you manage information about your user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Password Settings
Let’s review each of these sections …
Your Profile Sections
Please refer to the above screenshot as you work through the sections below.
User Profile Area
1 – How To Access Your Profile
As we’ve already explained, you can access your profile section by clicking on the “Howdy, User Name” section and selecting “Edit My Profile” from the drop-down menu, or selecting Users > Your Profile using the dashboard menu.
Profile > Personal Options
You would 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 ever you experience any problems when trying to add code to your content (e.g. HTML), try disabling the visual editor 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 Default WordPress Color Scheme
You can choose a different global color scheme for your WordPress administration area from the default choices, or customize the color scheme using various WordPress plugins …
Although this has no impact on what your site visitors see (the design of your website is controlled by themes) or the functionality of your site or blog, this feature can be useful to brand the admin area with your corporate colors, or allowing users to personalize their own dashboard area.
To learn how to 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 on comments using keyboard shortcuts.
5 – Toolbar
The Admin Toolbar is located at the very top of your Admin screen and provides you (and your site users) with access to a range of important administration 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 admin 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 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 WP Admin area using a simpler 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 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 change your First Name and Last Name data 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 WordPress site on your posts, then 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.
If you change the nickname, all your posts, comments, etc. will then display with the new nickname, instead of the name you originally registered with.
Profile > Contact Info
8 – Contact Info > Email
Ensure that your correct email address is entered in the Email (required) field. This field is required (see “Notes” section below for more information).
9 – Contact Info > Website
Add 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 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 this feature, see the “User Profile: Additional Contact Info” 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 using this feature, refer to the “WordPress User Profile: Additional Information” section further 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 confirm your new password before the system can accept the password change.
To learn more about resetting passwords, go here:
13 – Log Out Of All Other Sessions
WordPress lets you log out everywhere 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.
To learn more about logging out securely in WordPress, see the tutorial below:
14 – Update Profile
Remember to click the Update Profile button if you change any details in your profile to save your changes …
Notes: User Profile
- WordPress only requires an email address and a nickname in the User Profile section.
- Your email address is only used for admin purposes.
- 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 decided to publish it, or use a theme that displays your email address).
- Only registered users of your blog have access to the email address you have entered.
- Each email address must be unique.
Adding certain plugins to your site (e.g. for adding social media features), may insert or remove fields in the User Profile area (e.g. add a Facebook URL field, display extra fields related to the plugin, etc…)
There are a number of plugins that let you change user profile fields. You can browse many free 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 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 above, your WordPress Profile area 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 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 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 be taken 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 business webinars on your site using Google Hangouts, then check out this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you manage a business-level webinar platform on your web site using Google Hangouts:
User Profile: Additional Information
Tip #1: Make sure the “Show Toolbar when viewing site box is ticked inside the Toolbar section 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.
As mentioned earlier, you can add a Nickname and/or select a different name to display as the author of your blog posts …
After you have set this up, a link to the author displaying your selected nickname gets added to every blog post published on your site …
This link takes your site visitors to the Author Archives section, where people can learn more about you (or about other authors publishing content on your site) and see all blog posts that you (or your guest authors) have published …
You can include 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 site visitors …
This is easily done by inserting HTML formatted content into the About Yourself > Biographical Info text area in your Profile section …
Tip #3 (Advanced User): Hide User Profile Fields
You can install a simple plugin called Hide User Profile Fields that hides the following fields from your site’s user profiles and creation pages when activated:
- Admin Color Selector
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- Yahoo IM
- Biography description
- 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 settings.
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