How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
In this blog post, you will learn about changing WordPress user profiles.
We will also show you how to create an “about the author” box that automatically shows up on your site in the “Author Archives” page and how to use this feature to better promote users or their business online.
How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile And Personal Settings
At the far right-hand side in your dashboard area is the Howdy, User Name section …
If you hover your mouse over this panel it expands to display your Gravatar image, your name and username, and links to your “Profile Screen” and a “Log Out” link …
Select Edit My Profile…
You can also access your user profile area using the main navigation menu by going to Users > Your Profile …
This open up the Profile section …
The Profile screen contains a number of subsections that allow you to view and manage information about your WordPress user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Password Settings
Let’s review each of these options …
Your Profile Sections
Please refer to the above screenshot as you go through the sections below.
Main User Profile Area
1 – How To Access Your User Profile
As explained above, you can always access your profile by clicking on the “Howdy, User Name” tab at the very top right hand corner of your administration screen toolbar and selecting “Edit My Profile” from the drop-down menu, or selecting Users > Your Profile from 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 the “Disable the visual editor when writing” box disables the visual editor and uses the plain HTML editor instead.
Tip: If you experience any problems when trying to add code to your pages or posts (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 selecting a global color scheme …
WordPress User Profile: Customizing The Default WordPress Color Scheme
You can choose a different global color scheme for your WP administration area from the default choices provided, or add a custom color scheme using various WordPress plugins …
Although this has no impact on what your blog visitors see (themes control the external design of your website is controlled by your theme) or the functional aspects of your site, this feature can be used for branding the dashboard area with your corporate colors, or allowing registered users on your site to personalize their own admin area.
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 Dashboard screen and provides you (and your registered users) with access to various 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 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 Profile section.
You can, however, change your username if you know how to edit your WordPress database.
You can also change your username from your WP Dashboard using an easier method that requires no messing with code or modifying your site’s 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 modify your First Name and Last Name data in this section.
Just type in your 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 set up for your site or blog on 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 change the nickname, all your blog posts, comments, etc. will then display with this new nickname, instead of the name you originally installed WordPress with.
Profile > Contact Info
8 – Contact Info > Email
Make sure that your correct email address is entered in the Email (required) field. This is a required field (see “Notes” section below for more information).
9 – Contact Info > Website
Type your website URL 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 fill in the other Contact Info section fields, or just ignore these.
For more details about using this feature, refer to the “Your Profile: Additional Contact Information” section below.
Profile > About Yourself
11 – About Yourself > Biographical Info
This section lets you 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 this feature, refer to the “Your Profile: Useful Tips” section further 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 change your login password. You will need to enter your new password twice before the system can accept the password change.
For a step-by-step tutorial that explains you how to change your 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 logging securely out of WordPress, see this tutorial:
14 – Update Profile
Don’t forget to click the Update Profile button to save any changes you make to your user profile …
User Profile: Important Notes
- WordPress only requires your email address and a nickname in your Profile section.
- Your email address is only used for admin purposes.
- Your email address is never sent to any other site (including WordPress) and it is never shown on your site (unless you display it, or use a specific WordPress theme that has been encoded to display your email address).
- Only registered users of your blog can access the e-mail address you provide.
- Each email address must be unique.
Installing certain plugins on 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 settings related to the plugin, etc…)
There are a number of plugins that let you customize user profile fields. You can browse a number of free plugins by going to Add Plugins and searching for “user profile fields” inside your dashboard …
See Tip #3 in the “Your Profile: Useful Tips” section further below for an example of a free plugin that lets you hide unnecessary fields in your Profile area.
User Profile: Additional Contact Info
As mentioned earlier, the Profile section has a number of fields that allow you to enter extra contact information such as:
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 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 online using Google Hangouts, then see this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you manage a business-level webinar platform on your web site using Google Hangouts:
Your Profile: Useful Tips
Tip #1: Make sure that Show Toolbar when viewing site is enabled inside the Toolbar section of your Profile page …
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 …
Once you have set this up, a link to the author displaying your specified nickname is added to every post published on your site …
This 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 content that you (or other users) have published …
You can 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 site visitors …
To do this just type HTML formatted text into the About Yourself > Biographical Info text box in your Profile section …
Tip #3 (Advanced User): Hide User Profile Fields
If you plan to run a website that restricts what users can do, you can install a simple WordPress plugin called Hide User Profile Fields that automatically hides the following fields from your site’s user profiles and creation pages when activated:
- Color Scheme
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- Google Talk
- 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 change your user profile in WordPress.
"If you're new to WordPress, this can stand on its own as a training course and will stay with you as you progress from beginner to advanced and even guru status." - Bruce (Columbus, Ohio)