On WordPress.com there are many options when it comes to managing users and your user information. In this movie, Carrie walks you through those editing and updating your profile. You’ll learn how to set up your profile picture, or avatar, with Gravatar. You’ll also learn how to make your profile more robust with a biography and profile links.
- [Voiceover] When you set up your WordPress.com account, you picked a username, and this became part of your user profile. To access your user profile, look for the person icon in the toolbar. Clicking that takes you to a page where you can manage your basic user details. Let's take a look at what all is here, and then I can show you how this information appears publicly. I'll start by filling out my first and last name. Now I have an option to enter a Public Display Name. You can see that it defaults to the username I selected when I signed up.
So, what is a Public Display Name? Well, this is what's gonna show on your profile. And if, for some reason, you didn't want this to be your username, you could change it to whatever you wanted. I'm gonna go ahead and put my first and last name. Next, we've got the About Me section. This is where you can enter a short bio or share information about yourself. I'm gonna go ahead and save my profile details, and I can see that they were saved successfully. Next, let's look at this Profile Links section. This gives you the opportunity to associate other websites with your profile.
For instance, if you can contribute to multiple blogs, you may want to link to each of them here. You could also use this to link to your social media profiles. As an example, I'll add my Twitter profile. I'll click Add URL, enter the URL, and an optional description. With that, I'll click Add Site. Let's take a look at what our profile looks like. Here we can see we've got my Public Display Name, the About Me section, and this Twitter profile link that I added. The only thing that's missing here is a profile picture.
WordPress.com uses a service called Gravatar, or Globally Recognized Avatar, to manage your profile picture. While it's a little more effort up front than just uploading a photo, the nice thing about Gravatar is that anytime you interact with a Gravatar-enabled site, your image will automatically follow you. For example, if you comment on a post on any other WordPress site, your Gravatar image will display along with your public display name. Pretty cool! So you can sign into Gravatar with the same username and password used on your WordPress.com site.
I'm gonna go ahead and click Sign Up, and from there, say Sign in with WordPress.com. Next, it's asking me if it's okay that Gravatar access my account. I'm gonna go ahead and do that and authorize Gravatar to access some of my basic information. From here, we can upload an image from the computer, specify the URL of an image online, or snap a shot with your webcam. I'm gonna select a file from my hard drive. Gravatars are always square, so if you upload a photo that isn't square, you'll have the opportunity to crop it here.
I'll click Crop and Finish! Here, it allows me to set an appropriate rating for my Gravatar. So that's it! I've now added my Gravatar. Once that's done, I'll go back and look at my user profile and now I can see that my profile image is there. So, with all that done, my profile is complete.
- Creating a WordPress.com account
- Updating your profile
- Importing content
- Publishing posts
- Applying categories and tags to posts
- Inserting images, videos, and other media
- Creating a new page
- Customizing your site with themes and widgets
- Managing users, notifications, and comments
- Using WordPress.com apps
- The limits of WordPress.com and the benefits of self-hosting