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How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile

How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile

Your Profile section lets you how your name will display on your website or blog, your e-mail address for admin purposes, and other personal information and optional settings associated with your WordPress user account.

In this tutorial, you will learn about editing your WordPress user profile.

You will also learn how to create a biographical info section that will automatically link your published content to the Author Archives area of your blog and how to use this feature to better promote users who publish content on your blog or their business online.

How To Change Your User Profile In WordPress

At the far right-hand side at the top of your screen is the Howdy, User Name section …

If you hover your mouse over this panel it will expand with 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 using the dashboard menu by going to Users > Your Profile

This brings you to the Profile screen …

The Profile section contains a number of subsections that allow you to view and manage information about your user account.

These include:

Let’s review each of these options …

Your Profile Settings

Please refer to the image above as you work through the sections below.

User Profile Section

1 – How To Access Your User Profile

As we’ve already described, you can always access your profile section by clicking on the “Howdy, User Name” tab and selecting “Edit My Profile” from the drop-down menu, or selecting Users > Your Profile using the dashboard navigation menu.

Profile > Personal Options

You would 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 any problems when trying to add code to your content (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 selecting a global color scheme …

WordPress User Profile: Customizing Your Global WordPress Color Scheme

You can choose a new global color scheme for your WordPress dashboard 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 your theme) or the functionality of your site, this feature can be useful to brand the dashboard with your corporate colors, or allowing other site users to personalize their own  admin area.

To learn how to further customize your WordPress dashboard, see the tutorial below:

4 – Keyboard Shortcuts

Ticking this box allow you to moderate comments faster using keyboard shortcuts.

5 – Toolbar

The WordPress 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 …

Note: Leave the “Show Toolbar when viewing site” check box enabled to display the Toolbar in your WordPress administration area.

To learn more about the benefits of using the WordPress toolbar, see the tutorial below:

Profile > Name

6 – Name > Username

You cannot change a username in the User Profile screen.

You can, however, change your username if you know how to edit your WP database.

You can also change the username inside the 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 step-by-step tutorial that explains how to do this here:

6 – Name > First Name / Last Name

You can change the First Name and Last Name details in this section.

Just type the first name and last name into the text fields …

7 – Name > Nickname / Display Name Publicly As

If you want a different author name other than the one you originally registered for your site to display in your posts, then change the Nickname (required) field and select your new nickname from the Display name publicly as drop down menu …

You can add multiple nicknames to your profile section.

Once you select a nickname, all your blog posts, comments, etc. will appear with your new nickname, instead of the name you originally registered 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 enter details for the other Contact Info section fields, or just ignore these.

For more details about this feature, refer to the “User Profile: Additional Contact Information” section further 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.

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 “Useful Tips Related To Your Profile” section below.

12 – About Yourself > Password Settings

This section lets you change your login password details.

Use the New Password section only if you are required to modify or reset your login password. You will need to enter your new password twice before the system can accept the password change.

To learn more about changing a password in WordPress, 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 this tutorial:

14 – Update Profile

Remember to click Update Profile if you change any details in your profile to save your changes …

Notes - User Profile

In Addition …

Adding certain plugins to your site (e.g. for adding social media features), may add or remove fields in the User Profile section (e.g. add a Facebook URL field, insert extra fields 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 WP dashboard …

See Tip #3 in the “User Profile: Additional Information” section below for an example of a free plugin that lets you remove unnecessary fields in the Profile section.

User Profile: Additional Contact Information

As mentioned previously, your Profile section 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 customize their templates to display this and other contact information.

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

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”, if you click on the link in this section, you will be taken 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 on your website using Google Hangouts, then see this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you manage a business-level video conferencing platform on your WordPress site with Google Hangouts:

Your Profile: Tips

Tip #1: Check that Show Toolbar when viewing site is enabled in the Toolbar section 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 …

After you have done this, a link to the author displaying your chosen nickname is added to every blog post published on your site …

This link takes your blog 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 content that you (or other users) have published …

You can also insert 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 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 website that restricts what users can do, you can install a free plugin called Hide User Profile Fields that will automatically hide a number of fields when activated, such as:

To learn more, visit the plugin page here:

Congratulations! You have now learned how to modify your user details and personal options.


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