How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
The Profile screen lets you how your name will be displayed on your site, your e-mail address for administrative purposes, and other personal information and optional settings related to your WordPress user account.
In this article, you will learn about editing WordPress user profiles.
You will also learn how to create a “resources” section that automatically displays on your blog in the “Author Archives” section and how to use this feature to better promote yourself and your business online.
Changing Your User Details In WordPress
On the far right-hand side in your admin area is the “Howdy, User Name” section …
Hover over this area with your mouse and it will expand with an image of your Gravatar, your name and username, and links pointing to your “Profile Screen” and a “Log Out” link …
Choose Edit My Profile…
You can also access your user profile using the dashboard navigation menu by going to Users > Your Profile …
This open up the Profile section …
The Profile section contains a number of subsections that allow you to manage information about your WordPress user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Change Password
Let’s go through each of these options below …
Please refer to the image above as you go through the sections below.
User Profile Area
1 – How To Access Your User Profile
As mentioned previously, you can access your profile by clicking on the “Howdy, User Name” tab, which is displayed on 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 dashboard 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: If ever you experience 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
In version 3.8, WordPress introduced a new design feature that allows you to customize the look of your WordPress Dashboard by changing the default WordPress color scheme …
WordPress User Profile: Changing Your Default WordPress Color Scheme
You can choose a new global color scheme for your WP admin area from the default choices, or add a custom color scheme using WordPress plugins …
Although this will not affect what your site visitors see (the external design of your website is controlled by themes) or the functionality of your site, this feature can be used 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 this box allow you to quickly navigate and perform actions to moderate comments using keyboard shortcuts.
5 – Toolbar
The Admin Toolbar is located at the very top of your Administration screen and provides you (and your registered users) with access to a range of important admin functions, features, information and “quick links” to other areas of your site …
Note: Leave the “Show Toolbar when viewing site” checkbox ticked to display the Toolbar in your WordPress administration area.
To learn more about the benefits of using the WordPress toolbar, see the tutorial below:
Profile > Name
6 – Name > Username
You cannot change your username in the User Profile section.
You can, however, change your username if you know how to edit your WordPress database.
You can also change your username from your WordPress Dashboard using a simpler method that requires no code editing or messing with your WP 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 change 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 a different author name than the one you originally registered for your site to display 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 to your profile section.
If you change the nickname, all your blog posts, comments, etc. will then display with your new nickname, instead of the name you originally installed WordPress 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
Add your website 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 enter details for the other Contact Info section fields, or just ignore these.
For more details about using this feature, see the “Your Profile: Additional Contact Information” section further below.
Profile > About Yourself
11 – About Yourself > Biographical Info
In this section, you can add 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 this feature, see the “User Profile: Useful Tips” section further 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 change your login password. You will need to confirm your new password before the system can accept the password change.
For a tutorial that explains you reset WordPress passwords, 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.
To learn more about logging securely out of WordPress, see this tutorial:
14 – Update Profile
Click the Update Profile button to save any changes you make to your user profile settings …
Important Notes - User Profile
- WordPress only requires an email address and a nickname.
- Your email address is used only for admin purposes.
- The email address on your profile is never sent to any other site (including WordPress) and it is never displayed on your site (unless you specifically choose to publish it, or use a WP theme that displays the email address).
- Only registered users of your site have access to the e-mail address you have provided.
- Each user’s 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 the User Profile screen (e.g. add a Facebook URL field, insert extra fields related to the plugin, etc…)
There are a number of plugins that allow you to customize user profile fields. You can browse these plugins by going to Add Plugins and searching for “user profile fields” inside your WP dashboard …
See Tip #3 in the “User Profile: Additional Info” section below for an example of a free plugin that lets you hide unnecessary user profile fields.
User Profile: Additional Contact Info
As mentioned previously, your Profile section has a number of fields that allow you to enter extra contact information such as:
Most users simply ignore these fields. 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 to Google Hangouts.
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+ …
Useful 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 site using Google Hangouts:
Useful Tips Related To Your WordPress Profile
Tip #1: Make sure the “Show Toolbar when viewing site box is ticked inside the Toolbar information area 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 posts …
After you have done this, a link to the author displaying your chosen nickname is added to every blog post published on your site …
Clicking on the author link takes your 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 what other posts that you (or other users) have published …
You can even insert hyperlinks and simple formatting like bold and italicized words to enhance your author description and promote yourself, your services, products, other websites, etc. to your site visitors …
To do this just insert HTML formatted text into the About Yourself > Biographical Info 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 hides the following fields from your site’s user profiles and creation pages when activated:
- Admin Color Scheme
- Keyboard Shortcuts Checkbox
- Yahoo IM
- Website address
- Biographical Info text box
- User Role (every new user is added as “Subscriber”)
To learn more, visit the plugin page here:
Congratulations! Now you know how to change your user profile and personal options in WordPress.
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