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How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile

How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile

Your Profile section lets you configure your name and how it will be displayed on your site, your e-mail address for admin purposes, optional contact details, and personal settings.

In this article, you will learn how to edit your WordPress user profile and configure optional contact information.

You will also learn how to set up a biographical info box that will automatically link your published content to the Author Archives area of your site and how to use this feature to better promote yourself and your business online.

How To Change Your WordPress User Details

At the far right at the top of your screen is the “Howdy, User Name” section …

Hover over this section with your mouse and it will expand with an image of your Gravatar, your name and username, and also links pointing to your “Profile Screen” and a “Log Out” link …

Select Edit My Profile

Alternatively, to access your user profile using the dashboard navigation menu, go to Users > Your Profile

This open up the Profile area …

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

These include:

Let’s now review each of these options …

Your Profile Options

Please refer to the above screenshot as you work through the descriptions below.

Main Profile Area

1 – How To Access Your User Profile

As described above, you can always access your profile area by clicking on the “Howdy, User Name” section, which is displayed in the top right hand side of the screen, and selecting “Edit My Profile” from the drop-down menu, or selecting Users > Your Profile from the main navigation 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

Checking the “Disable the visual editor when writing” box disables the visual editor and uses the plain HTML editor instead.

Tip: Should you experience issues when trying to insert code into your posts or pages (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 The Global WordPress Color Scheme

You can select a new global color scheme for your WP admin area from the default choices, or add a custom color scheme using various WordPress plugins …

Although this will not affect what your blog visitors see (your theme controls the design of your website is controlled by themes) or the functional aspects of your site, this feature can be useful to brand the dashboard area with your corporate colors, or allowing registered users on your site to personalize their own  dashboard.

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

4 – Keyboard Shortcuts

Checking this box allow you to quickly navigate and perform actions to moderate comments using keyboard shortcuts.

5 – Toolbar

The WordPress Toolbar displays at the very top of your Admin screen and provides you (and your registered site users) with access to a number of administration functions, features, information and “quick links” to other areas of your site …

Important: Leave the “Show Toolbar when viewing site” checkbox enabled to display the Toolbar in your WP administration 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 screen.

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

You can also change the username inside the WP Dashboard using a simpler method that requires no code editing or messing with your WP 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 teaches you how to do this here:

6 – Name > First Name / Last Name

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

Just type in your first name and last name into the name fields …

7 – Name > Nickname / Display Name Publicly As

If you want a different author name than the one you originally registered for your WordPress site to display in 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 to your profile section.

If you change the nickname, all your blog posts, comments, etc. will appear with your new nickname, instead of the one that you originally installed WordPress with.

Profile > Contact Info

8 – Contact Info > Email

Make sure that your correct email address has been entered in the Email (required) field. This field is required (see “Notes” section below for more information).

9 – Contact Info > Website

Enter the address of your website or blog in the Website field.

If you have another website or blog that you want to display 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 “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.

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 this feature, see the “Useful Tips Related To Your User Profile” section further below.

12 – About Yourself > Password Settings

Here you can change your login password details.

Use this section only if you are required 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 step-by-step tutorial that explains you how to change the login password, go here:

13 – Log Out Of All Other Sessions

WordPress lets you log out of all current sessions 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 how to log out of WordPress, see the tutorial below:

14 – Update Profile

Click Update Profile before leaving this section to update your settings …

Notes: User Profile

In Addition …

Installing certain plugins on your site (e.g. for adding social media features), may insert or remove fields in the User Profile section (e.g. add a Twitter username field, display extra fields related to the plugin, etc…)

There are various plugins that let you change user profile fields. You can browse many free plugins by going to Add Plugins and searching for “user profile fields” inside your WordPress dashboard …

See Tip #3 in the “Useful Tips Related To Your User Profile” section below for an example of a free plugin that lets you hide unnecessary user profile fields.

Your Profile: Additional Contact Information

As mentioned earlier, your WordPress Profile area has a number of fields that allow you to enter additional contact information such as:

Normally, you would 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 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

AIM is a desktop and mobile chat application that lets you 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 online using Google Hangouts, then see this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you create a business-level video conferencing platform on your WordPress site using Google Hangouts:

Useful Tips Related To Your Profile

Tip #1: Make sure the “Show Toolbar when viewing site box is ticked in the Toolbar section 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 on your blog posts …

After 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 people can learn more about you (or about other authors registered as users on your site) and see all other posts that you (or other authors) have published …

You can add links and basic 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 …

This can be easily done by inserting 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 free WP plugin called Hide User Profile Fields that will automatically hide a number of fields when activated, such as:

For more information, visit the plugin page here:

Congratulations! You have now learned how to edit your user details in WordPress.

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