Table of Contents
- How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
- How To Change Your WordPress User Details And Personal Settings
- Profile Sections
- Main Profile Area
- Profile > Personal Options
- Profile > Name
- Profile > Contact Info
- Profile > About Yourself
- Important Notes: User Profile
- WordPress User Profile: Additional Contact Info
- Your Profile: Additional Information
How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
The Profile screen lets you how your name will display on your site, your e-mail address for admin purposes, optional personal information, plus additional options.
In this blog post, you will learn how to change your WordPress user profile and configure other personal details.
You will also learn how to set up a biographical info box that will automatically show up in the “Author Archives” area of your site and how to use this feature to better promote an author and their business online.
How To Change Your WordPress User Details And Personal Settings
On the far right in your dashboard area is the Howdy, User Name section …
If you hover your mouse over this area 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…
You can also edit your user profile area using the dashboard navigation menu by going to Users > Your Profile …
This brings you to the Profile screen …
The Profile page contains various subsections that let you view and edit information about your user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Password Settings
Let’s review each of these sections below …
Please refer to the above image as you work through the sections below.
Main Profile Area
1 – Accessing Your User Profile
As described above, you can always access your profile 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
Normally, you wouldyou would 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
Checking this box disables the visual editor and uses the plain HTML editor instead.
Tip: Should you experience 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
In version 3.8, WordPress introduced a new design feature that allows you to customize the look of your WordPress Dashboard by changing your default WordPress color scheme …
WordPress User Profile: Changing The Global WordPress Color Scheme
You can select a different color scheme for your WP administration area from the default choices, or customize the color scheme using WordPress plugins …
Although this has no impact on what your site visitors see (the design of your website is controlled by your theme) or the functional aspects of your site or blog, this feature can be used for branding the dashboard with your corporate colors, or allowing users to personalize their own dashboard area.
To learn how to further customize your WordPress dashboard, see the tutorial below:
4 – Keyboard Shortcuts
Checking this box allow you to use keyboard shortcuts on comments.
5 – Toolbar
The WordPress Toolbar displays at the very top of your Administration screen and provides you (and your site users) with access to a number of 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 Admin Toolbar in your WordPress dashboard area.
To learn more about the benefits of using the WordPress toolbar, see the tutorial below:
Profile > Name
6 – Name > Username
Your 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 WordPress database.
You can also change your username from your WordPress Admin area using a simpler method that requires no messing with code or modifying your WordPress database.
Changing your username will affect your login, as this username is required for logging into your site!
We have created a tutorial that teaches you how to do this here:
6 – Name > First Name / Last Name
You can edit the First Name and Last Name data 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 a different author name than the one you originally registered for your site or blog to display 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 in your profile section.
Once you select a new nickname, all your posts, published comments, etc. will appear with your new nickname, instead of the one that you originally set up your site with.
Profile > Contact Info
8 – Contact Info > Email
Make sure 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
Type the URL of your website or blog in the Website field (optional).
If you have another website or business 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 “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 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 “User Profile: 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 need to modify or reset your login password. You will need to enter the new password twice before the system can accept the password change.
For a tutorial that explains you reset your WordPress password, 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.
For more information about logging out securely in WordPress, see the tutorial below:
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 your email address and a nickname in the User Profile section.
- Your email address is used only for administration purposes.
- Your email address is never sent to any other site (including WordPress) and it is never displayed on your site (unless you publish it, or use a WP theme that has been encoded to display your email address).
- Only registered users of your site can access the e-mail address you have provided.
- Each user’s email address must be unique.
Installing certain plugins on your site (e.g. for adding social media features), may add or remove fields in your User Profile area (e.g. add a Facebook URL field, display extra fields related to the plugin, etc…)
There are various plugins that let you change user profile fields. You can find a number of 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 further below for an example of a free plugin that lets you hide unnecessary user profile fields.
WordPress User Profile: Additional Contact Info
As mentioned earlier, the User Profile section has a number of fields that allow you to enter additional contact information such as:
Normally, 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.
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 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+ …
Useful Tip: If you plan to run business webinars on your website using Google Hangouts, then check out this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you create a professional video conferencing platform on your WordPress site using Google Hangouts:
Your Profile: Additional Information
Tip #1: Make sure the “Show Toolbar when viewing site box is ticked in 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 set this up, a link to the author displaying your selected nickname gets added to every post published on your site …
This 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 all other content that you (or your guest authors) have published …
You can even add links and simple text formatting like bold and italicized words to improve your author description and promote yourself, your services, products, other websites, etc. to site visitors …
To do this simply insert HTML formatted content into the About Yourself > Biographical Info box in your Profile section …
Tip #3 (Advanced User): Hide User Profile Fields
You can install a free 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
- Admin Toolbar
- Yahoo IM
- Biographical Info
- User Role (every new user is created as “Subscriber”)
To learn more, visit the plugin page here:
Congratulations! Now you know how to change your user details and personal options in WordPress.
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