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How to Create and Manage User Profiles in WordPress

WordPress user profile

A WordPress user profile displays a brief description of the author. It may contain his or her biodata, role in the company, personal website, recent posts and social profiles. So the readers will get an idea about him and make a connection through social accounts if interested.

If you are new to WordPress, you should spend some minutes after the installation for creating and customizing the profile. The chosen display name, bio, and links may appear in your content pages depend on the widgets or plugins you use.

Sign in to your WordPress site and open Users > Your Profile from the left sidebar. Profile settings will open where you can customize the look of the dashboard, frontend profile, and others.

While writing posts, this will be your default screen.

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It contains options to manage texts like bold, italic, bullets and numbering, paragraph alignment and hyperlinks. This is the visual editor of WordPress.

If you’re not interested in these options and want to use just the text editor, disable the Visual Editor from your profile page. But I am not recommending you to do so as you will get comfortable writing with the visual editor.

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Next, you can customize the dashboard color. WordPress provides eight different color schemes and choose your favorite from them.

Do you want to use keyboard shortcuts for various tasks on WordPress? We are familiar with Ctrl+c, Ctrl+v commands. But do you know what’s the usage of Alt+Shift+M in WordPress? It will open media library to insert an image in the editor. Similarly, there are several WordPress shortcuts for formatting and moderation. To enable them, check Keyboard shortcuts box on your profile page.

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While logged in, WordPress will show the top level toolbar anywhere on the site. From where you can access various parts of the site including posts, pages, media and frontend of the site. If you don’t want to see the toolbar, while viewing the site, disable it. To hide, uncheck the Toolbar box.


Set your nickname and display name. The display name is the name that will be shown to your readers via author pages and author bio.

Contact Info

Email is an essential field of your user profile. During the time of password loss or other emergency situations, WordPress will contact you at this email address.

Enter the address of your business website as well as the personal blog in the website field. Fill up other fields with your social media profile links.

About Yourself

This is the most important part of a user profile. Write a brief description about you that should contain the information like who you are, what’re you doing and how others can contact you etc.

Read The 9 Best Author Bio Plugins for WordPress

If you are not using any author bio plugins and will show profile via default theme widget, then a little bit customization is needed for your description. This is because your theme widget may not contain options to show social media links.

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Enter your brief bio and profile links in HTML format. So people can contact you via connected accounts and start building relations.

WordPress will show your Gravatar image as the profile picture. Set and change your photo from Gravatar account.

To change the password, tap New password button under Account Management section. WordPress will automatically create a new password for you. It will be a strong alphanumeric password that is mixed with numbers, characters, and special characters. Save it anywhere on the computer like a notepad file for accessing the dashboard next time.

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