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How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile

How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile

The Profile section lets you how your name displays on your website or blog, your e-mail address for administrative purposes, and additional information and personal options related to your WordPress user account.

In this blog post, you will learn how to edit your user profile in WordPress and configure other contact details.

We will also show you how to set up a “resources” section that automatically displays in the “Author Archives” page of your site and how to use this feature to better promote users and their business online.

How To Change Your WordPress User Profile And Personal Settings

At the far right-hand side of the Toolbar is the Howdy, User Name section …

Hover over this panel with your mouse and it displays your Gravatar image, your name and username, and also links pointing to your “Profile Screen” and a “Log Out” link …

Choose Edit My Profile

Another way to edit your user profile from the main dashboard menu is to go to Users > Your Profile

This brings you to the Profile area …

The Profile page contains a number of subsections that let you manage information about your user account.

These include:

Let’s review each of these options below …

User Profile Fields

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

Main Profile Section

1 – Accessing Your User Profile

As we’ve already mentioned, you can always access your profile section 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 using the dashboard navigation menu.

Profile > Personal Options

Normally, you wouldyou would 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

Ticking this box disables the visual editor and uses the plain HTML editor instead.

Tip: If you experience any 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

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 choose a different color scheme for your WP admin area from the default choices, or customize the color scheme using various WordPress plugins …

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

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

4 – Keyboard Shortcuts

Ticking this box allow you to quickly navigate and perform actions on comments using keyboard shortcuts.

5 – Toolbar

The WordPress Toolbar is located at the very top of your Dashboard screen and provides you (and your users) with access to various admin functions, features, information and “quick links” to other areas of your site …

Important: Leave the “Show Toolbar when viewing site” check box enabled to display the Admin Toolbar in your WP dashboard area.

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

Profile > Name

6 – Name > Username

Your username cannot be changed in the Profile area by anyone, including the site administrator.

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

You can also change your username inside the WordPress Admin area 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 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 the 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 a different author name than the name 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 in your profile section.

If you select a nickname, all your blog posts, published comments, etc. will appear with the new nickname, instead of the name that you originally installed WordPress with.

Profile > Contact Info

8 – Contact Info > Email

Ensure 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

Add your website address into the Website field.

If you would like to display another URL 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 using this feature, see the “Your Profile: Additional Contact Info” section further 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 using this feature, refer to the “Useful Tips Related To Your WordPress Profile” section further below.

12 – About Yourself > Password Settings

This section lets you change your login password details.

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

For more information about what to do if you lose or forget passwords, 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 have 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 the Update Profile button to save any changes you make to your user profile …

User Profile: Important Notes

In Addition …

Adding certain plugins to 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 allow you to customize user profile fields. You can find many free plugins by typing in keywords like “user profile fields” in the “Add Plugins” section inside your dashboard …

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

WordPress User Profile: Additional Contact Information

As mentioned earlier, the Profile screen has a number of fields that allow you to enter extra contact information such as:

Normally, most users simply 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 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 lets you 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 actually be taken the Google Hangouts website.

Google Hangouts is an instant messaging and video chat platform developed by Google. It replaces three 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 site using Google Hangouts, then check out this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you run a professional webinar platform on your WordPress site using Google Hangouts:

Your Profile: Tips

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 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 of your blog posts …

Once you have done this, a link to the author displaying your chosen nickname gets 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 publishing content on your site) and see what other articles that you (or other users) have published …

You can include links and basic formatting like bold and italicized words to enhance your author description and promote yourself, your services, products, other websites, etc. to blog readers …

This can easily 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 corporate website, you can install a free WordPress plugin called Hide User Profile Fields that hides the following fields from your site’s user profiles and creation pages when activated:

To learn more, visit the plugin page here:

Congratulations! Now you know how to edit your user details and personal options.


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