Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video Editing your user profile, part of WordPress 4 Essential Training.
- When you first installed and configured WordPress you created a User Profile for yourself in the form of a Username and a Password, and that's the User Profile we've been using so far in this course. Now it's time to add some more information to that user profile and build it out. Anytime you're logged in to a WordPress site you can see what profile you are currently using by looking in the top right-hand corner of the WordPress toolbar. Here you see it says, "Howdy, morton" and it's showing this default avatar thing and this is my User Profile.
Now it's time to change that profile and I can do so either by going to the toolbar and selecting Edit My Profile, or by going to the back end of my site, going down to Users, and selecting Your Profile. Both of these will take me to the User Profile page and from here I can change information about my user profile as well as some key features of how WordPress appears to me when I'm logged in. At the very top I get to do something that may seem a little strange to some people. That is, disable the visual editor when writing.
So if you remember any time you go in and create a new post, I'll open one in a separate tab here, and I type some content, and then I type some more content. Let's see, and I'll make this in H2, you can see the visual changes in my content. This is the Visual Editor. If you check this box here to disable the Visual Editor when writing for your profile, you'll only see the content you're writing in the Text Editor so you're only seeing the HTML. The reason why this is an option is that, in some cases, you may need to write quite advanced HTML when you're create posts.
And some people just like to write HTML over looking the things in this specific editor. And the reality is, sometimes what you're seeing in the Visual Editor isn't actually what you see on the front end. So this can be quite distracting. But now you know it's there and if you prefer to write HTML and you don't want to see the Visual Editor, you can disable it for yourself by clicking on this button. The next option is purely visual and only impacts you, personally. You can change the Admin Color Scheme for the Admin panel. So my by default it has this black and blue color scheme, but you can choose the Light color scheme or the Blue color scheme, or the Coffee color scheme, or Ectoplasm, or Midnight, and anything you want.
And you can see the color scheme changes quite dramatically. Now when this feature was first rolled out, I was like, "Nah, no one's going to use this." And then I started looking at other people's installations and I realized everyone is using this. Almost no one is using the Default setting, so I guess this is something people really like. Personally, I kind of like the Light one because it's light and really unobtrusive. And I also use the Midnight one a lot, especially when I'm working with sites for other people and I want it to look more professional. But this is a personal option and this is tied only to your account, so it won't change how anyone else sees your content.
Scrolling down, you have the option of enabling keyboard shortcuts for comment moderation. Now to see how this works you have to click on the More Information link which takes you to the codex and gives you a full rundown of all the keyboard options. This is really useful if you have a site with tons of comments and you need to do quick moderation. But for sites that don't have a lot of comments, it might just be a lot of work to learn all of these keyboard shortcuts. But, if you need it, it's there. Then we have another interesting option. By default you see the toolbar on the front end of your site.
You've seen that throughout the course any time you go to the front end of the site, the toolbar is right there. Here, you have the option of turning the toolbar off on the front page and you may be wondering, "Why on earth would you want to do that?" Well, it has a simple answer. Sometimes you set up accounts for other people and it's quite possible you don't want them to see the toolbar. And in that case you would go in and turn the toolbar off so they can login and they won't be distracted by the toolbar when they login. There's also another really rare occurrence and that is, if you are using a theme that uses a menu that sticks to the top, the toolbar might interfere with that menu when you are logged in.
And in those cases, you might want to turn the toolbar off. But for most cases, you just leave it on. So those are all settings that have to do with how you interact with the application. Next come the settings that have to do with you personally and your user profile. Here you can enter your name, your last name, and also your nickname if you want to have a nickname, which I'll say mort10. Then, when you've filled these out, you can choose how you want your name to be displayed on the front end of the site. You've noticed that right now if I go to Posts, each of my posts is published by Morten.
But, if I change this display name and publicly ask to Morten Rand-Hendriksen, and then update the profile, it will reload this page and you will see it will now say Morten Rand-Hendriksen. This allows me to display my name the way I want to. And you'll also notice, here we have lots of options. Just your first name, just your last name, just your nickname, just your username, or first name-last name, or last name-first name. So you have all the options you need to make a custom decision. Then you have your email address, and like I said at the very beginning of the course, your account is tied to your email address.
So, if you change the email address then you are changing your account as well. And you'll see in the next movie that this email address is also tied to your Gravatar which is the same image that appears when you leave a comment. So it's important that you use the correct email address here. Below that, you can enter a website if you want to. So I'll put in my own website here. And that website will be linked any time you leave a comment on your site, and you can leave biographical information. Now, depending on the theme you're using, this may or may not work, so we'll test it out.
So when I leave biographical information like this and update my profile, and then go to the front end, I might be able to click on my own name on a post and see that biographical information appear. Now you can see here, in the case of 2015, it did not work. But in some themes you will see the biographical information appear on either the author name index or in an author box under individual posts. So maybe if I go to an individual post here and scroll to the bottom, yeah, here you'll see it. Once you add that biographical information it'll show up in this Author Box at the bottom of each of the posts you've written.
The final option on the Profile page is the New Password option. And here you'll notice that previously, you had to type in your own strong passwords, but today, with the new version of WordPress, you can just click Generate and WordPress will generate a horribly complex password for you that you can use. Now this is becoming more and more common on the web because passwords are becoming a huge security issue. So when you create such a strong password, you should also probably have a password manager to manage your passwords in which case this will be no problem.
If not, you can put in a very simple password if you want to, but WordPress will protest quite loudly and try to make sure you create a strong password by making you confirm that you are using a weak password, and so on. So, let WordPress generate a really complex password for you, use a password manager, or if you need to create a password that you have to remember, make sure it's one that's strong enough that WordPress doesn't bolk at your new password. Once you're done changing your settings, click Update Profile and the new settings automatically kick in and you'll see them immediately in the WordPress toolbar where you can now see your name, and in other places like where you left a comment.
Now you may be wondering why I haven't done anything to the default avatar in the top right-hand corner. Well, we'll address that in the next movie.
Note: This course covers an older version of WordPress, which features the Classic Editor. Watch this course only if you are using the Classic Editor plugin or using WordPress 4.9 or earlier. Otherwise, watch WordPress 5 Essential Training, which covers the new Block Editor experience.
- Creating posts and pages
- Formatting text
- Publishing and scheduling posts
- Adding images, audio, and video
- Bulk editing posts and pages
- Customizing themes and menus
- Using widgets
- Extending WordPress with plugins
- Editing users profiles
- Configuring settings
- Getting new readers
- Keeping WordPress up to date and secure