How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
In this blog post, you will learn how to edit your WordPress user profile and configure optional contact details.
We will also show you how to create a “resources” box that automatically displays on your site in the “Author Archives” section and how to use this feature to better promote yourself and your business online.
How To Change Your WordPress User Profile And Personal Options
On the far right of the Toolbar is the “Howdy, User Name” section …
If you hover over this area with your mouse it displays your Gravatar image, your name and username, and also links pointing to your “Profile Screen” and a “Log Out” link …
Choose Edit My Profile…
Another way to access your user profile section from the dashboard menu is to go to Users > Your Profile …
This brings you to the Profile section …
The Profile area contains various subsections that allow you to manage information about your user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Change Password
Let’s now go through each of these options …
User Profile Settings
Please refer to the screenshot above as you go through the descriptions below.
1 – How To Access Your User Profile
As we’ve already mentioned, you can access your profile section 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 using the main navigation menu.
Profile > Personal Options
Normally, you can 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 issues when trying to insert code into your pages or posts (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: Changing The Global WordPress Color Scheme
You can select a different color scheme for your WordPress dashboard area from the default choices provided, or add a custom color scheme using WordPress plugins …
Although this will not affect what your site visitors see (themes control the external look of your site is controlled by your theme) or the functionality of your site or blog, this feature can be used to brand the dashboard with your corporate colors, or allowing registered users on your site to personalize their own admin area.
To learn how to customize your WordPress dashboard, see the tutorial below:
4 – Keyboard Shortcuts
Checking this box allow you to moderate comments faster using keyboard shortcuts.
5 – Toolbar
The Admin Toolbar is located at the very top of your Administration screen and provides you (and your users) with access to various important administrative functions, features, information and “quick links” to other areas of your site …
Important: Leave the “Show Toolbar when viewing site” check box enabled to display the Toolbar in your WP dashboard area.
To learn more about the uses of the WordPress toolbar, see the tutorial below:
Profile > Name
6 – Name > Username
The username cannot be changed in the Profile screen by anyone, including the site admin.
You can, however, change your username if you know how to edit your WP database.
You can also change the username from your WordPress Dashboard using an easier method that requires no code editing or messing with 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 explains you how to do this, go here:
6 – Name > First Name / Last Name
You can modify your First Name and Last Name data in this section.
Just type in your 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 site on 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 select a new nickname, all your blog posts, published comments, etc. will then display with this new nickname, instead of the name that 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 is a required field (see “Notes” section below for more information).
9 – Contact Info > Website
Enter the URL of your website in the Website field.
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 fill in the other Contact Info section fields, or just ignore these.
For more details about using this feature, see the “WordPress 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, see the “WordPress User Profile: Tips” section below.
12 – About Yourself > Password Settings
This section lets you change your login password details.
Use this section only if you are required to change your login password. You will need to confirm the new password before the system can accept the password change.
For more information about what to do if you lose or forget your password, 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 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 this tutorial:
14 – Update Profile
Don’t forget to click the Update Profile button to save any changes you make to your user profile …
Important Notes - User Profile
- WordPress only requires an e-mail address and a nickname in the Profile section.
- 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 displayed on your website (unless you display it, or use a WP theme that displays your email address).
- Only registered users of your blog have access to the email address you have provided.
- Every 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 section (e.g. add a Twitter username field, insert extra fields related to the plugin, etc…)
There are various plugins that let you customize user profile fields. You can find these plugins by going to Add Plugins and searching for “user profile fields” inside your WP dashboard …
See Tip #3 in the “WordPress User Profile: Tips” section below for an example of a free plugin that lets you remove unnecessary fields in your Profile area.
User Profile: Additional Contact Info
As mentioned earlier, the User Profile section has a number of fields that allow you to enter extra contact information such as:
Most users 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 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.
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 lets you 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 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 on your site using Google Hangouts, then see this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you manage a business-level webinar platform on your site with Google Hangouts:
User 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 promote your business to your site visitors.
To start with, 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 specified nickname gets added to every blog post published on your site …
Clicking on the author link takes 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 all articles that you (or your guest authors) have published …
You can include hyperlinks and text 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 be done by typing HTML formatted content into the About Yourself > Biographical Info box in your Profile section …
Tip #3 (Advanced User): Hide User Profile Fields
If you plan to run a website that restricts what users can do, you can install a simple WordPress plugin called Hide User Profile Fields that will automatically hide the following fields from your site’s user profiles and creation pages when activated:
- Color Selector
- Keyboard Shortcuts Checkbox
- Admin Toolbar
- Google Talk
- Yahoo IM
- Website address
- Biography description
- User Role (every new user is registered as “Subscriber”)
For more information, visit the plugin page here:
Congratulations! Now you know how to configure your user profile settings.
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