So, Zip has created an email address associated with his domain and set up a Gravatar. But to get that Gravatar to show up, he needs to add that new email to his user profile. While we’re at it, let’s go over how to update your user profile in WordPress.
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Finding Your WordPress User Profile Settings Page
In your admin area, go to Users and Your Profile, and you’ll be taken directly to the screen where you can edit your profile. Alternately, you can also access it by going to All Users and then finding your profile, hovering over your username, and then clicking Edit (see photo above.)
The WordPress User Profile Panel
Above is a screenshot of Zip’s profile panel. All that he wants to change right now is his email so that it will show his Gravatar and not my cringy Bitmoji. At least my daughter insisted both that I have a Bitmoji and created it for me, and then tells me that Bitmojis are cringy. So she’s stuck with me texting her via Bitmoji about 80% of the time.
However, since we’re here, let’s go over all of the options:
- Visual Editor: I leave this one unchecked. In the classic WordPress editor (and some plugins still utilize the classic editor-style even if you have the block editor enabled), you’ll find two tabs: Visual and Text. If you only select the text editor and want to add links or other HTML, you’ll have to write it yourself.
- Syntax Highlighting: If you are writing code (which includes HTML and CSS, do you want code highlighted to tell you when you’re doing it wrong? I leave this unchecked (enabled) as I find it helpful.
- Admin Color Scheme: Ooh, some fun choices, finally! This setting just changes the colors of your WordPress admin area. Though you can’t see it in the photo above, Zip’s definitely going for “Coffee.”
- Keyboard Shortcuts for Comment Moderation: In WordPress, there are a bunch of shortcuts you can use in the visual editor. By default, you can use shortcuts like CTRL+c to copy text and CTRL+v to paste. What this setting does, though, is allow you to use those shortcuts while editing comments people leave on your blog.
- Toolbar: The toolbar is a bar at the top of your website that has various links. You’ll find links for adding new content, accessing things in your admin area, and for some plugin features. For instance, most caching plugins will add a toolbar link allowing you to clear your cache. I keep the toolbar enabled because I find it convenient.
- Name: This area has several choices:
Username: Zip set this when he installed WordPress, and it cannot be changed (though some membership plugins allow you to let members change usernames.)
First Name and Last Name: Self-explanatory.
Nickname: A name that may get displayed in various areas of WordPress, depending on your choices.
Display Name Publicly As: This is how you want your name shown on the website. Right now, Zips in a professional mood and a bit uppity and wants to be known as Zip T. Sloth. The dropdown here gives you choices between your username, first name, last name, first and last names in any order, and your nickname.
- Contact Info: Here’s where Zip can change his email address! But there are many settings here:
Email: Enter your contact email. This email address may be different than the admin email for your website. Or you can use the same one. Some people like to have one admin address for the site and a personal one for the individual profile.
Website: Isn’t this obvious? Sure, this is Zip’s website, but the user profile settings are the same for all users. Perhaps someday he’ll have a guest author and that guest author will want to link to her own website. The full URL (with http:// or https:// should be entered here.)
Social Links: Next, you’ll see a long list of form fields for entering social links. Again, you should enter the full URL of your social profile here — EXCEPT for Twitter, in which you just put your Twitter username without the @.
And, ooh…there’s now a field for your Wikipedia page (if one exists). Zip decides to look himself up on Wikipedia and see what happens. Zip code, zipper…no Zip Sloth. But wait! There is one for “Sloth.” “Should I enter it here?” he asks me. No, I tell him, that would be like me entering the page for “Human.” I reassure him that part of me is glad that I do not have my own Wikipedia page.
Right now, Zip doesn’t have any social links. If he did, the links he places here might show as social icons or links on various places on his website, depending on the theme he is using. We’ll come back to social media later.
- About Yourself: Here, Zip fills in a short blurb with his bio. Will this bio be shown? It depends on the theme and plugins he uses. It might show in an author box under the posts he writes, on his author page, or elsewhere.
Underneath that is the Gravatar image. Oops! It’s still mine, but that will change once he saves the settings and confirms his email.
- Account Management: This is where you can change your password. If you want to keep it as-is (and Zip does), do nothing here. If you do want to change your password, you can either have it generate you a very secure and impossible-to-remember password. One that you’ll need to write down and keep somewhere safe. Or you can create your own and store it safely inside your brain.1
Under that is a button that, if you’re logged into WordPress on more than one device, and you change your password for security, it will log you out on every device.
Other WordPress User Profile Settings
Those are the basic settings you’ll find in WordPress. On Slothverse, somehow, the free Yoast SEO came pre-installed when he automatically installed WordPress. If it hadn’t, though, we’d eventually have installed it, anyway, as it’s the SEO plugin I’d recommend that he use.
But, if you look in the screenshot above, you’ll see that it adds some choices to the user settings: The title and description you enter here will show in search engines for your author page unless you check the box telling search engines not to display this author’s page in search results.
Yoast also adds in some features that analyze your text for “readability” and SEO, which we’ll get to later. But if you don’t want it analyzing your author profile, you can disable that here.
If you’re wondering what the little smiley is in the screenshot, that’s neither part of WordPress or Yoast — its because I have Grammarly installed right now, which is a proofreading service/app. I’ll review that in a post some other time.
Some other plugins, like ones to add custom avatars or author boxes, may also add extra settings into this menu.
Save Your Settings And Confirm
Zip saves his settings and, oooh…the menu color has changed. But what’s this? His Gravatar isn’t visible yet, and there’s a notice that he needs to check his inbox for a confirmation email.
After a short wait, he finds that email, confirms, and…
His email has changed and his new Gravatar now shows up. If he ever wants to change his image here, he can do it on the Gravatar website.
Zip is getting as impatient as a sloth can get. When are we going to do anything FUN like WRITING or DESIGN?????
WordPress has many settings to sets to set and configurations to configure. Having the default “Hello World” post on the site is just plain annoying. So, we’ll get to that very very soon. But, first, I think we need to go over something that seems straightforward, but I have reason to explain what might seem obvious if you’ve been using WordPress at all. Coming up next: the difference between a post and a page in WordPress.
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- Though my mind, I find, is not storing passwords so safely these days. Or perhaps I just have too many to remember.
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