The Users Profile screen lets you configure your name and how it will be displayed on your website, your e-mail address for administrative purposes, other contact information, plus personal options.
In this blog post, you will learn how to change your WordPress user profile and configure other personal details.
We will also show you how to create an information section that will automatically show up in the “Author Archives” section of your site and how to use this feature to better promote users who publish content on your blog and their business online.
- How To Edit Your User Details And Personal Settings
- Profile Fields
- User Profile Section
- Profile > Personal Options
- Profile > Name
- Profile > Contact Info
- Profile > About Yourself
- Notes - User Profile
- WordPress User Profile: Additional Contact Information
- Your Profile: Additional Info
How To Edit Your User Details And Personal Settings
On the far right-hand side at the top of your screen 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 also links to your “Profile Screen” and a “Log Out” link …
Choose Edit My Profile…
Alternatively, to access your user profile using the dashboard navigation menu, go to Users > Your Profile …
This open up the Profile page …
The Profile section contains a number of subsections that let you manage information about your WordPress user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Change Password
Let’s review each of these options below …
Please refer to the image above as you work through the descriptions below.
User Profile Section
1 – How To Access Your User Profile
As described above, you can access your profile area by clicking on the “Howdy, User Name” tab at the very top right hand corner of your dashboard and selecting “Edit My Profile” from the drop-down menu, or selecting Users > Your Profile using the main navigation menu.
Profile > Personal Options
Normally, 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 any 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
WordPress lets you customize the look of your WordPress Dashboard by changing the default WordPress color scheme …
WordPress User Profile: Customizing Your Default WordPress Color Scheme
You can select a new global color scheme for your WordPress administration area from the default choices provided, or customize the color scheme using WordPress plugins …
Although this will not affect what your site visitors see (the design of your site is controlled by your theme) or the functionality of your site, this feature can be useful for branding the dashboard with your corporate colors, or allowing other site users to personalize their own dashboard.
To learn how to customize your WordPress dashboard, see the tutorial below:
4 – Keyboard Shortcuts
Ticking the “Enable keyboard shortcuts for comment moderation” box allow you to moderate comments using keyboard shortcuts.
5 – Toolbar
The Toolbar is located at the very top of your Admin screen and provides you (and your registered site users) with access to a range of important administrative functions, features, information and “quick links” to other areas of your site …
Important: Leave the “Show Toolbar when viewing site” checkbox ticked to display the Toolbar in your WordPress dashboard.
To learn more about the WordPress toolbar, see the tutorial below:
Profile > Name
6 – Name > Username
You cannot change a username in the Profile area.
You can, however, change your username if you know how to edit your WordPress database.
You can also change your username inside the WordPress Admin area using a simpler method that requires no messing with code or modifying your WP database.
Changing your username will affect your login, as this username is required for logging into your site!
For a tutorial that shows you 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 a first name and last name into the text 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 site or blog in your posts, you can 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.
Once you change the nickname, all your posts, comments, etc. will then display with this new nickname, instead of the name you originally registered 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 or blog in the Website field.
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, refer to the “WordPress User Profile: Additional Contact Info” section below.
Profile > About Yourself
11 – About Yourself > Biographical Info
This section lets you insert a personal or business description for your site visitors or blog readers.
For more details about this feature, refer to the “Useful Tips Related To Your Profile” 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 your new password before the system can accept the password change.
To learn more about what to do if you have lost or forgotten login passwords in WordPress, 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.
For more information about logging securely out of WordPress, see the tutorial below:
14 – Update Profile
Click the Update Profile button to save any changes you make to your user profile settings …
Notes - User Profile
- WordPress only requires an e-mail address and a nickname in the Profile section.
- Your email address is only used for administrative 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 specifically choose to publish it, or use a WordPress theme that displays your email address).
- Only registered users of your blog have access to 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 screen (e.g. add a Twitter username field, display extra settings related to the plugin, etc…)
There are various plugins that let you modify user profile fields. You can find a number of these 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 WordPress User Profile” section below for an example of a free plugin that lets you remove unnecessary fields in your Profile section.
WordPress User Profile: Additional Contact Information
As mentioned previously, your Profile area has a number of fields that allow you to enter extra contact information such as:
Most users simply 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.
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 to Google Hangouts.
Google Hangouts is an instant messaging and video chat platform developed by Google. It replaces three messaging products that Google had previously implemented 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 webinars online using Google Hangouts, then see this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you run a business-level webinar platform on your WP site using Google Hangouts:
Your Profile: Additional Info
Tip #1: Make sure the “Show Toolbar when viewing site box is ticked inside the Toolbar subsection 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 posts …
After you have done this, a link to the author displaying your specified 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 people can learn more about you (or about other authors publishing content on your site) and see all articles that you (or your guest users) have published …
You can even include links and text 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 paste HTML formatted content into the About Yourself > Biographical Info text area in your Profile section …
Tip #3 (Advanced User): Hide User Profile Fields
If you plan to run a corporate website, you can install a simple WordPress plugin called Hide User Profile Fields that hides the following fields from your site’s user profiles and creation pages when activated:
- Colors Profile
- Keyboard Shortcuts Checkbox
- Admin Toolbar
- Yahoo IM
- Website field
- Biographical Info
- User Role (every new user is added as “Subscriber”)
For more information, visit the plugin page here:
Congratulations! You have just learned how to edit your WordPress user profile.
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