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In this WPDesigns article, I will go over the WordPress profile and the options within. Every WordPress user can edit their profile on the website they have registered but the level of settings available to the user will depend upon the level of access the user account has.

How to Access Your WordPress Profile

Option One

Method-1: To Go Through Profile
Click your profile name in the top right

The first option is to go to the dashboard and look for “Howdy, {username}” in the top navigation bar on the right side. Hover over it to see the option “edit profile.” You will be redirected to the WordPress profile page if you click on that.

Option Two

Find Profile Underneath Users From Dashboard
Find your profile under "Users" then "Profile"

The second option is to go to the Dashboard>Users>Profile. When you click that, you’ll be taken to the WordPress profile page, where you can update your information, password, and several other options. 

Overview of Your Profile Settings

When creating a WordPress profile you will need to have a unique email address (not previously used on the site), a username that should not be Admin, your site name or from your email and a password that is at least “strong” on the password strength calculator that is provided. Password security for a WordPress website is paramount and should not be underestimated.  I would recommend using MasterPassword to ensure your password is secure.

WordPress does not share any of the details that are input into your profile but some themes will share this information on your website, so pay attention to the theme and the details you enter.  The email address you add to the profile will be where all the correspondence is received such as password resets so you will need access to this.

WordPress Profile Fields

Personal Options:
  • Visual Editor: This checkbox is for those who want to work directly with the source code.
  • Syntax Highlighting: You can enable or disable syntax highlighting when editing code.
  • Admin Color Scheme: Here, you can change the color scheme of the admin panel.
  • Keyboard Shortcuts: Keyboard shortcuts for comment moderation can be enabled or disabled from here. If you want to learn more about keyboard shortcuts, check out this page.
  • Toolbar: You can show or hide the Toolbar when viewing the site after logging in to the dashboard.

Username –  Once the username has been set, it cannot be changed unless you create a new account and remove the incorrect one.  Your username should ideally not be the same as your display name, and if you have iThemes installed, it will force the change for security reasons.

  • First name  – You can enter your first name if you wish.
  • Last name –   You can add your last name if you wish.
  • Nickname –  By default, it will be the same as your username, but for security reasons, you should change this.
  • Display name publicly as –  From here, you can choose the name displayed on the site; it can be your name, your nickname, or your username.  If you use iThemes Security, then it must be different from your username.

Contact Info :

  • E-mail –  Every WordPress user account needs to have an email account registered to it – if you are only setting up a test account, you could use an email from Temp Mail.  Each user’s e-mail address must be unique, and this address will be used by the site to inform you of new comments on posts and other administrative purposes such as password resets.
  • Website –  Here, you can add your website link if you want.

About Yourself :

  • Biographical Info –  Here, you can present a summary or profile of yourself. The theme will show this optional information if the theme creator has set it up.  This might appear at the bottom of a blog post if it is set up to show information on the author.
  • Profile Picture –  To create an author profile picture, you must first create a Gravatar account. If you already have an account and want to update your profile image, go to Gravatar and change it there. There would be a link to go through the Gravatar.


Overview Of Profile Page
The WordPress Profile will appear similar but this depends on the plugins installed on the site

Account Management :

  • New Password –  In this section, you can change the account’s password. If you want to set a new password, click on Set New Password, a new field with an auto-generated password will appear.  You can change this password to any password you like, but it is worth making sure that the password is at least “Strong” on the strength scale.  The stronger and more random the password, the better; as previously mentioned, MasterPassword is fantastic for this.
  • Strength Indicator –  This tells you whether your password is Very Weak, Weak, Medium, or Strong (displayed in green).  Your account will be safer if you use a stronger password.  It’s a good idea to make the password a minimum of seven characters long.  Use upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols like (!”?$ % &) to make it more effective. If you want to know more about how a password works and set a strong password you can learn in our article on MasterPassword.
  • Log Out Everywhere Else –  This button can be used to log out of all other devices and is useful to ensure no one has access to the account that shouldn’t.

Update Profile

  • Once you have finished with all the fields, you wish to fill out, you will need to click on “Update Profile” to ensure that your profile is updated and saved.


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