How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
In this post, you will learn about editing your user profile.
We will also show you how to create a biographical info section that will automatically display 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 User Details
At the far right-hand side at the top of your screen is the “Howdy, User Name” section …
Hover over this section with your mouse and it displays an image of your Gravatar, your name and username, and also links to your “Profile Screen” and a “Log Out” link …
Select Edit My Profile…
Another way to edit your user profile section from the dashboard navigation menu is to go to Users > Your Profile …
This brings you to the Profile page …
The Profile section contains a number of subsections that allow you to view and manage information about your user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Password Settings
Let’s go through each of these sections …
User Profile Settings
Please refer to the screenshot above as you work through the descriptions below.
Main Profile Area
1 – Accessing Your Profile
As we’ve already described, you can access your profile screen by clicking on the “Howdy, User Name” tab and selecting “Edit My Profile” from the drop-down menu, or selecting Users > Your Profile from the dashboard 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
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 issues when trying to add code to your pages or posts (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 The Default WordPress Color Scheme
You can select a new color scheme for your WP administration area from the default choices, or customize the color scheme using various WordPress plugins …
Although this has no impact on what your blog visitors see (themes control the design of your website is controlled by themes) or the functionality of your site or blog, this feature can be useful for branding the dashboard area with your corporate colors, or allowing other site users to personalize their own dashboard area.
To learn how to further customize your WordPress dashboard, see the tutorial below:
4 – Keyboard Shortcuts
Checking the Enable keyboard shortcuts for comment moderation box allow you to quickly navigate and perform actions on comments using keyboard shortcuts.
5 – Toolbar
The Toolbar displays at the very top of your Dashboard screen and provides you (and your site users) with access to various useful admin functions, features, information and “quick links” to other areas of your site …
Note: Leave the “Show Toolbar when viewing site” check box ticked to display the Toolbar in your WordPress admin 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 section.
You can, however, change your username if you know how to edit your WP database.
You can also change the username inside the WordPress Dashboard using a simpler method that requires no messing with code or modifying your site’s database.
Changing your username will affect your login, as this username is required for logging into your WordPress site!
We have created a tutorial that explains how to do this here:
6 – Name > First Name / Last Name
You can modify the First Name and Last Name data in this section.
Just type in the first name and last name into the text fields …
7 – Name > Nickname / Display Name Publicly As
If you want a different author name than the name you originally registered for your WordPress site to display on your posts, you can change the Nickname (required) field and select another nickname from the Display name publicly as drop down menu …
You can add multiple nicknames in your profile section.
If you select a new nickname, all your blog posts, comments, etc. will appear with this new nickname, instead of the name 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 is a required field (see “Notes” section below for more information).
9 – Contact Info > Website
Add the address of your website or blog into the Website field (optional).
If you would like to display another URL 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, refer to the “Your Profile: Additional Contact Information” section further below.
Profile > About Yourself
11 – About Yourself > Biographical Info
In this section, you can insert 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 using this feature, see the “User Profile: Tips” 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 modify or reset your login password. You will need to confirm your new password before the system can accept the password change.
For a tutorial that shows you you reset the login 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’ve left your account logged in at a public computer, or if you’ve lost or misplaced your phone.
To learn more about how to log out of WordPress, see the tutorial below:
14 – Update Profile
Remember to click the Update Profile button to save any changes you make to your user profile settings …
Important Notes: User Profile
- WordPress only requires your e-mail address and a nickname in your User Profile section.
- 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 decided 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 provide.
- Every 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 additional functionality settings related to the plugin, etc…)
There are a number of plugins that allow you to modify 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 “Useful Tips Related To Your WordPress Profile” section further below for an example of a free plugin that lets you remove unnecessary user profile fields.
Your Profile: Additional Contact Info
As mentioned earlier, your User Profile area has a number of fields that allow you to enter additional contact information such as:
Most users just leave these fields empty. 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.
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 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 the Google Hangouts website.
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+ …
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 create a professional video conferencing platform on your WP site with Google Hangouts:
Useful Tips Related To Your WordPress User Profile
Tip #1: Check that Show Toolbar when viewing site is enabled in the Toolbar information area of your Profile screen …
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 of your blog posts …
Once you have done this, a link to the author displaying your selected nickname will be 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 registered as users on your site) and see what other posts that you (or your guest users) have published …
You can insert links and text formatting like bold and italicized words to enhance your author description and promote yourself, your services, products, other websites, etc. to blog readers …
To do this just paste HTML formatted content into the About Yourself > Biographical Info field in your Profile section …
Tip #3 (Advanced User): How To Hide User Profile Fields
If you plan to run a corporate website, you can install a free WordPress plugin called Hide User Profile Fields that hides a number of fields when activated, such as:
- Colors Profile
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- Google Talk
- Yahoo IM
- Biographical Info
- User Role (every new user is added as “Subscriber”)
To learn more, visit the plugin page here:
Congratulations! You have now learned how to change your user details and personal options in WordPress.
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