How To Edit Your WordPress User Profile
In this article, you will learn how to change your WordPress user profile and configure other personal information.
We will also show you how to set up a “resources” box that will display on your site in the “Author Archives” page and how to use this feature to better promote yourself or your business online.
How To Edit Your User Details And Personal Settings
On the far right-hand side in your admin area 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…
Alternatively, to access your user profile section from the main navigation menu, go to Users > Your Profile …
This brings you to the Profile page …
The Profile section contains various subsections that allow you to view and manage information about your WordPress user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Change Password
Let’s review each of these sections below …
Please refer to the above screenshot as you go through the sections below.
User Profile Section
1 – How To Access Your User Profile
As described previously, you can access your profile section by clicking on the “Howdy, User Name” tab, which is displayed on 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 dashboard 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
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 posts or pages (e.g. HTML), try disabling the visual editor by ticking the checkbox in this section.
3 – Admin Color Scheme
With WordPress, you can customize the look of your WordPress Dashboard by selecting a global color scheme …
WordPress User Profile: Changing Your Default WordPress Color Scheme
You can select a new color scheme for your WP administration area from the default choices provided, or customize the color scheme using various WordPress plugins …
Although this has no impact on what your site visitors see (the design of your site is controlled by themes) or the functionality of your site, this feature can be used 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 use keyboard shortcuts to moderate comments.
5 – Toolbar
The Toolbar displays at the very top of your Admin screen and provides you (and your logged in site users) with access to a number of important administration functions, features, information and “quick links” to other areas of your site …
Note: Leave the “Show Toolbar when viewing site” check box ticked to display the Admin Toolbar in your WP dashboard.
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 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 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 site!
For a tutorial that explains 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 a first name and last name into the name fields …
7 – Name > Nickname / Display Name Publicly As
If you want a different author name other than the one you originally set up for your site to display on 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 to your profile section.
If you select a new nickname, all your blog posts, comments, etc. will then display with your new nickname, instead of the name 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 field is required (see “Notes” section below for more information).
9 – Contact Info > Website
Enter the URL of your website or blog in the Website field.
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 “User Profile: Additional Contact Info” 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 using this feature, refer to 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 modify or reset your login password. You will need to enter the new password twice before the system can accept the password change.
For a step-by-step tutorial that explains you how to change WordPress 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’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 the tutorial below:
14 – Update Profile
Click the Update Profile button if you change any details in your profile to save your changes …
User Profile: Important Notes
- WordPress only requires your email address and a nickname.
- Your email address is used only for administrative purposes.
- 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 choose to display it, or use a particular WordPress theme that has been encoded to display the email address).
- Only registered users of your site have access to the email address you have entered.
- Each 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 the User Profile area (e.g. add a Facebook URL field, insert additional functionality options related to the plugin, etc…)
There are a number of plugins that let you change user profile fields. You can find a number of free plugins by going to Add Plugins and searching for “user profile fields” inside your WP dashboard …
See Tip #3 in the “Your Profile: Tips” section further below for an example of a free plugin that lets you hide unnecessary fields in your Profile section.
User Profile: Additional Contact Information
As mentioned previously, your User Profile section has a number of fields that allow you to enter extra contact information such as:
Normally, you would 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.
Currently, 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 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 to Google Hangouts.
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 online using Google Hangouts, then see this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you run a professional video conferencing platform on your website using Google Hangouts:
Useful Tips Related To Your Profile
Tip #1: Check the “Show Toolbar when viewing site box is ticked in the Toolbar section of your Profile screen …
Tip #2: Your user profile gives you an additional opportunity to create additional backlinks which can be indexed by search engines.
As mentioned earlier, you can 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 will be added to every post published on your site …
Clicking on the author link takes your 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 all other blog posts that you (or other users) have published …
You can also include links and simple 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 done by adding HTML formatted text into the About Yourself > Biographical Info text area in your Profile section …
Tip #3 (Advanced User): How To Hide User Profile Fields
You can install a simple plugin called Hide User Profile Fields that hides a number of fields when activated, such as:
- Color Scheme
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- Yahoo IM
- Website URL
- Biography description
- User Role (every new user is registered as “Subscriber”)
To learn more, visit the plugin page here:
Congratulations! Now you know how to change your user details in WordPress.
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