The Users Profile Area lets you change how your name will display on your website, your e-mail address for administrative purposes, other contact details, and additional settings.
In this tutorial you will learn how to edit your user profile in WordPress and configure optional personal details.
We will also show you how to set up a user information box that will automatically show up on your site in the “Author Archives” section and how to use this feature to better promote yourself or your business online.
How To Edit Your User Details And Personal Settings
At the far right at the top of your screen is the “Howdy, User Name” section …
Hover over this panel with your mouse and it will expand with 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…
Another way to edit your user profile from the dashboard navigation menu is to go to Users > Your Profile …
This opens up the Profile screen …
The Profile page contains various subsections that let you view and edit information about your user account.
- Personal Options
- Contact Info
- About Yourself
- Change Password
Let’s now go through each of these sections …
User Profile Sections
Please refer to the image above as you work through the sections below.
Main Profile Area
1 – How To Access Your Profile
As mentioned above, you can access your profile by clicking on the “Howdy, User Name” section 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 dashboard menu.
Profile > Personal Options
You would 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 ever you experience issues when trying to insert code into your pages or posts (e.g. HTML), try disabling the visual editor by ticking the checkbox in this section.
3 – Admin Color Scheme
In version 3.8, WordPress introduced a new design feature that allows you to customize the look of your WordPress Dashboard by changing your default WordPress color scheme …
WordPress User Profile: Changing The Default WordPress Color Scheme
You can choose a new global color scheme for your WordPress dashboard area from the default choices, or customize the color scheme using WordPress plugins …
Although this has no impact on what your site visitors see (the design of your website is controlled by themes) or the functional aspects of your site or blog, this feature can be useful to brand the dashboard with your corporate colors, or allowing other site users to personalize their own admin area.
To learn how to further customize your WordPress dashboard, see the tutorial below:
4 – Keyboard Shortcuts
Checking this box allow you to moderate comments quickly using keyboard shortcuts.
5 – Toolbar
The Admin Toolbar is located at the very top of your Administration screen and provides you (and your users) with access to various administration functions, features, information and quick links to other areas of your site …
Note: Leave the “Show Toolbar when viewing site” checkbox ticked to display the Toolbar in your WP admin area.
To learn more about using the WordPress toolbar, see the tutorial below:
Profile > Name
6 – Name > Username
You cannot change the 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 Admin area using an easier method that requires no messing with code or editing your site’s database.
Changing your username will affect your login, as this username is required for logging into your site!
We have created a tutorial that teaches you how to do this here:
6 – Name > First Name / Last Name
You can modify your 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 other than the name you originally set up for your site to display on your posts, you can change the Nickname (required) field and select a different nickname from the Display name publicly as drop down menu …
You can add multiple nicknames in your profile section.
Once you select a nickname, all your posts, published 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 is entered in the Email (required) field. This is a required field (see “Notes” section below for more information).
9 – Contact Info > Website
Add your website address 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 enter details for the other Contact Info section fields, or just ignore these.
For more details about this feature, refer to the “User Profile: Additional Contact Information” section further below.
Profile > About Yourself
11 – About Yourself > Biographical Info
In this section, you can add a personal or business description for your site visitors.
For more details about this feature, refer to the “Useful Tips Related To Your User Profile” section 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 confirm the new password before the system can accept the password change.
For more information about resetting passwords in WordPress, 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.
For more information about how to log out of WordPress, see this tutorial:
14 – Update Profile
Click the Update Profile button to save any changes you make to your user profile …
Notes: User Profile
- WordPress only requires an email address and a nickname in the User Profile section.
- Your email address is used only for admin 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 publish it, or use a WordPress theme that has been encoded to display the email address).
- Only registered users of your site can access the e-mail address you have entered.
- Each email address must be unique.
In Addition …
Adding certain plugins to your site (e.g. for adding social media features), may insert or remove fields in your User Profile section (e.g. add a Twitter username field, insert additional functionality options related to the plugin, etc…)
There are a number of plugins that allow you to modify user profile fields. You can browse these 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 WordPress Profile” section below for an example of a free plugin that lets you remove unnecessary fields in your Profile area.
WordPress User Profile: Additional Contact Info
As mentioned previously, your User Profile area has a number of fields that allow you to enter additional contact information such as:
Normally, most users just leave these fields empty. 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 choose to 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 lets you 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”, 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 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 webinars on your website using Google Hangouts, then check out this article we’ve written about a great plugin that lets you manage a business-level video conferencing platform on your website with Google Hangouts:
Your Profile: Additional Info
Tip #1: Make sure that Show Toolbar when viewing site is enabled in the Toolbar information area 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 posts …
Once you have set this up, a link to the author displaying your selected nickname is added to every post published on your site …
This 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 what other posts that you (or other authors) have published …
You can include hyperlinks and text formatting like bold and italicized words to enhance your author description and promote yourself, your services, products, other websites, etc. to site visitors …
This is easily done by adding HTML formatted text into the About Yourself > Biographical Info field 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 WordPress plugin called Hide User Profile Fields that instantly hides the following fields from your site’s user profiles and creation pages when activated:
- Colors Profile
- Keyboard Shortcuts Checkbox
- Yahoo IM
- Website URL
- Biography description
- User Role (every new user is registered as “Subscriber”)
To learn more, visit the plugin page here: WordPress Plugin – Hide User Profile Fields
Congratulations! You have just learned how to edit your user profile and personal settings in WordPress.