Your Users Profile Area lets you how your name will be displayed on your site, your e-mail address for administrative purposes, other personal information, plus personal settings.
In this post you will learn how to change your user profile in WordPress and configure other personal information.
You will also learn how to set up a biographical info box that will automatically show up in the “Author Archives” section of your site and how to use this feature to better promote an author and their business online.
How To Edit Your User Profile And Personal Options
At the far right of the Admin Toolbar is the Howdy, User Name section …
If you hover your mouse over this area it expands to display an image of your Gravatar, your name and username, and also links 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 open up the Profile section …
The Profile page contains various subsections that allow you to view and edit information about your WordPress user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Password Settings
Let’s go through each of these sections below …
Please refer to the screenshot above as you go through the descriptions below.
User Profile Area
1 – How To Access Your Profile
As described previously, you can access your profile section by clicking on your username, 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 can 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 the “Disable the visual editor when writing” box disables the visual editor and uses the plain HTML editor instead.
Tip: Should you experience problems when trying to add code to your posts or pages (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 changing the default WordPress color scheme …
WordPress User Profile: Changing Your Default WordPress Color Scheme
You can select a new global color scheme for your WordPress admin area from the default choices provided, 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 your theme) or the functional aspects of your site, this feature can be used to brand the dashboard area 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
Checking this box allow you to use keyboard shortcuts on comments.
5 – Toolbar
The WordPress Toolbar is located at the very top of your Admin screen and provides you (and your logged in site users) with access to a range of useful admin 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 Admin Toolbar in your WP dashboard.
To learn more about the WordPress toolbar, see the tutorial below:
Profile > Name
6 – Name > Username
The username cannot be changed 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 Admin area using a simpler method that requires no messing with code or editing your WP database.
Changing your username will affect your login, as this username is required for logging into your WordPress site!
For a tutorial that teaches you you how to do this, go here:
6 – Name > First Name / Last Name
You can modify the First Name and Last Name data in this section.
Just type 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 one you originally registered for your 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 posts, comments, etc. will then display with the new nickname, instead of the name you originally set up your site 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
Add the address of your website or blog 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 fill in the other Contact Info section fields, or just ignore these.
For more details about this feature, see the “WordPress 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.
For more details about this feature, see the “WordPress User Profile: Additional Info” section 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 confirm the new password before the system can accept the password change.
For a step-by-step tutorial that teaches you you what to do if you lose or forget 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 have left your account logged in at a public computer, or if you’ve lost or misplaced your phone.
For more information about how to log out of WordPress, see the tutorial below:
14 – Update Profile
Remember to click the Update Profile button to save any changes you make to your user profile …
User Profile: Notes
- WordPress only requires an email address and a nickname.
- Your email address is only used for your site administration.
- The email address on your profile is never sent to any other site (including WordPress) and it is never shown on your site (unless you choose to publish it, or use a theme that has been encoded to display the email address).
- Only registered users of your blog have access to the email address you have provided.
- Each user’s email address must be unique.
Installing certain plugins on your site (e.g. for adding social media features), may insert or remove fields in your User Profile screen (e.g. add a Twitter username field, display additional functionality options related to the plugin, etc…)
There are a number of plugins that allow you to customize user profile fields. You can browse a number of free plugins by typing in keywords like “user profile fields” in the “Add Plugins” section inside your WordPress dashboard …
See Tip #3 in the “Useful Tips Related To Your WordPress Profile” section further below for an example of a free plugin that lets you remove unnecessary fields in the Profile area.
WordPress User Profile: Additional Contact Info
As mentioned previously, your User Profile section has a number of fields that allow you to enter extra contact information such as:
Most users just ignore this section. 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 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”, 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 …
Tip: If you plan to run webinars on your site using Google Hangouts, then see this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you run a business-level video conferencing platform on your web site with Google Hangouts:
Useful Tips Related To Your Profile
Tip #1: Make sure that Show Toolbar when viewing site is enabled in the Toolbar subsection 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.
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 …
Clicking on the author link takes your blog 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 posts that you (or your guest users) have published …
You can even insert links and basic text formatting like bold and italicized words to improve your author description and promote yourself, your services, products, other websites, etc. to blog readers …
To do this just insert HTML formatted text into the About Yourself > Biographical Info text area in your Profile section …
Tip #3 (Advanced User): Hide User Profile Fields
You can install a simple WP plugin called Hide User Profile Fields that automatically hides the following fields from your site’s user profiles and creation pages when activated:
- Colors Profile
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- Admin Toolbar
- Google Talk
- Yahoo IM
- Biographical Info
- User Role (every new user is created as “Subscriber”)
For more information, visit the plugin page here: Hide User Profile Fields
Congratulations! You have now learned how to edit your WordPress user profile settings.
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