Your Users Profile area lets you configure your name and how it will be displayed on your website or blog, your e-mail address for admin purposes, optional personal details, plus personal options.
In this tutorial, you will learn about editing WordPress user profiles.
You will also learn how to set up an “about the author” section that will display your content on the Author Archives area of your site and how to use this feature to better promote yourself and your business online.
- How To Edit Your User Details And Personal Options
- User Profile Fields
- Main Profile Section
- Profile > Personal Options
- Profile > Name
- Profile > Contact Info
- Profile > About Yourself
- Notes - User Profile
- User Profile: Additional Contact Information
- Useful Tips Related To Your User Profile
How To Edit Your User Details And Personal Options
On the far right-hand side in your dashboard area is the Howdy, User Name section …
If you hover over this area with your mouse it expands to display your Gravatar image, your name and username, and links pointing to your “Profile Screen” and a “Log Out” link …
Select Edit My Profile…
You can also access your user profile section from the main navigation menu by going to Users > Your Profile …
This open up the Profile section …
The Profile area 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 now go through each of these options below …
User Profile Fields
Please refer to the above image as you go through the sections below.
Main Profile Section
1 – How To Access Your Profile
As we’ve already mentioned, you can access your profile by clicking on the “Howdy, User Name” section 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 from the main 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
Checking the Disable the visual editor when writing box disables the visual editor and uses the plain HTML editor instead.
Tip: If ever 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 selecting a global color scheme …
WordPress User Profile: Changing Your Default WordPress Color Scheme
You can choose a new color scheme for your WP administration area from the default choices, or add a custom color scheme using WordPress plugins …
Although this does not affect what your blog visitors see (themes control the look of your site is controlled by themes) or the functional aspects of your site, this feature can be useful for branding the dashboard area with your corporate colors, or allowing users to personalize their own admin area.
To learn how to further customize your WordPress dashboard, see the tutorial below:
4 – Keyboard Shortcuts
Ticking the Enable keyboard shortcuts for comment moderation box allow you to use keyboard shortcuts to moderate comments.
5 – Toolbar
The Admin Toolbar is located at the very top of your Dashboard screen and provides you (and your logged in site users) with access to a range of useful admin functions, features, information and “quick links” to other areas of your site …
Important: Leave the “Show Toolbar when viewing site” check box ticked to display the Admin Toolbar in your WordPress dashboard.
To learn more about the uses of the WordPress toolbar, see the tutorial below:
Profile > Name
6 – Name > Username
You cannot change the 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 the username inside the WordPress Dashboard using an easier method that requires no code editing or messing around with your WordPress 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 shows you you how to do this, go here:
6 – Name > First Name / Last Name
You can change your First Name and Last Name details in this section.
Just enter the 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 name you originally set up for your site in your posts, then 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 nickname, all your posts, published comments, etc. will then display with your new nickname, instead of the one that you originally set up your site with.
Profile > Contact Info
8 – Contact Info > Email
Ensure 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 URL 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 “WordPress User Profile: Additional Contact Information” section below.
Profile > About Yourself
11 – About Yourself > Biographical Info
This section lets you add a personal or business description for your visitors or blog readers.
For more details about this feature, see the “Your 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 are required to change your login password. You will need to enter the new password twice before the system can accept the password change.
For a tutorial that teaches you you what to do if you have lost or forgotten your password, 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 out securely in WordPress, see the tutorial below:
14 – Update Profile
Remember to click Update Profile before leaving this section to update your settings …
Notes - User Profile
- WordPress only requires an e-mail address and a nickname in the User Profile section.
- Your email address is used only for your blog administration.
- The email address on your profile is never sent to any other site (including WordPress) and it is never shown on your website (unless you decided to publish it, or use a theme that displays the email address).
- Only registered users of your site have access to the e-mail address you have entered.
- Every email address must be unique.
In Addition …
Installing certain plugins on your site (e.g. for adding social media features), may add or remove fields in your User Profile screen (e.g. add a Twitter username field, display additional functionality settings related to the plugin, etc…)
There are various plugins that let you modify user profile fields. You can browse a number of these plugins by typing in keywords like “user profile fields” in the “Add Plugins” section inside your WordPress dashboard …
See Tip #3 in the “Useful Tips Related To Your Profile” section below for an example of a free plugin that lets you hide unnecessary fields in the Profile area.
User Profile: Additional Contact Information
As mentioned above, your Profile section has a number of fields that allow you to enter extra contact information such as:
Normally, most users just 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 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 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 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 online using Google Hangouts, then see this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you manage a professional webinar platform on your WP site using Google Hangouts:
Useful Tips Related To Your User Profile
Tip #1: Check that Show Toolbar when viewing site is enabled 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.
As mentioned earlier, you can add a Nickname and/or select a different name to display as the author of your posts …
Once you have set this up, 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 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 other articles that you (or your guest authors) have published …
You can add links and simple text formatting like bold and italicized words to enhance your author description and promote yourself, your services, products, other websites, etc. to site visitors …
To do this simply paste HTML formatted text 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 plugin called Hide User Profile Fields that will automatically hide a number of fields when activated, such as:
- Color Scheme
- Keyboard Shortcuts Checkbox
- Yahoo IM
- Website URL
- Biography description
- User Role (every new user is added as “Subscriber”)
For more information, visit the plugin page here:
Congratulations! You have just learned how to configure your user profile settings.
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