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WordPress School: Your Profile

Badge - Learn WordPress with Lorelle VanFossen at WordPress School.Last Friday and over the weekend, you should have setup your WordPress test site that you will be using throughout this year-long course. Remember, I want you to treat this like it is a real site with a real purpose and mission to get the most out of this process. Have fun with it and who knows where this site might lead in the future.

You also edited or created your first WordPress Page: About. You added information to the Page about who you are and why you are publishing on this site, possibly using the Online Persona Plan and Worksheet (PDF).

Our next step is along the same direction. We’re going to continue to populate your WordPress test site with your identity.

NOTE: If you are already registered with another site on, please note that the service only permits one identity and profile per registered email address. Your profile information is the same across every site you create and publish upon.

To modify this, change your email address to a different one. If you are using Gmail or another email address that handles + email modifications, you may change your email to and all email will go to your base email address as Gmail ignores everything after the +, and WordPress thinks it is a different email address, or just use a different email address from the one you originally used with

I’ve long requested permit different bio profiles for sites as many of us require a different bio depending upon the site we are contributing to on, but so far, one profile per registered email.

WordPress Online Profile

A WordPress site requires only a few bits of personal information to perform its tasks. Other information about the owner and contributors are optional. You may wish to specify this information on your Online Persona Plan and Worksheet (PDF) or Site Master Plan Worksheet (PDF) before you begin your assignment.

By default, WordPress requires:

  • Username: The username is any word with no spaces. In general, it is rarely capitalized and may include numbers after starting with letters. Usernames not recommended are the words admin, myname, username, and user. (Yes, I’ve had clients with all of those.)
  • Email address: Your email address is not published on your WordPress site automatically It is used to send email notifications and alerts regarding activity on your site.
  • Public Display Name: In WordPress, this is made up of your first and last name as well as the name you wish to be known as on your byline. It is highly recommended that this be set immediately upon installation and setup of a WordPress site for security as your username is the Display Name by default. Your display name should be a human sounding name. If you wish to blog anonymously, which I won’t cover in this class, you may do so, but choose a human-sounding name so people won’t investigate the funky, CB Radio handle name like sexychick69.
    Chris Voss, popular social media expert, featured on his show site as admin for his byline.
  • Phone Number: and many web hosts and WordPress Plugins for security require a phone number with text message capability for two-step authentication. This is only for security measures.

Too Many Profiles on

Lorelle WordPress School Tips and Techniques Badge.There are two Profiles on Be careful to not confuse the two.

There is an Account Profile found under your Gravatar Image in the upper right corner of the Admin Bar. NOT THAT ONE.

The one we are working on in this assignment is the one that is found in the Classic Interface under the Users > My Profile menu.

The following information is optional, but appreciated as many WordPress Themes may incorporate some of this information into the WordPress Theme.

  • Brief Bio: You will need a couple sentence bio to use for various WordPress profile areas.
  • Location: If you wish to have your geo-location mentioned on your WordPress Theme and profiles, you may.
  • Social Media Channels and Accounts: If you wish to promote or connect your WordPress site with social media accounts, you will need these at the ready. We will cover social media integration thoroughly later in the course, but these will be necessary before then
  • Online Chat Services: If you would like to be available for online chats and make your online contact information known, you may enter your phone numbers and online communication account names such as GTalk, AIM, ICQ, Jabber, Skype, and others.
  • Profile Images: You will need an image to represent you on your site and through your Gravatar. Finding such an image that will withstand the resizing from 8 pixels to 480 pixels is a challenge, and we will get more into that in an upcoming lesson.
  • Website Links: If you wish to include links to your websites on your profile, have these available.
  • Verified External Services: There is a growing trend to verify your identity through third-party services. offers that same option. They include Facebook, Google+, Twitter, etc.

Remember, it is your choice what you share and do not share online. Make it a conscious choice.


Lorelle's WordPress School Assignment Badge.Your assignment today is to fill in your WordPress Profile information. Do not do the Gravatar. We will work on that tomorrow.

  1. On the Administration Screens of your test site, go to Users > My Profile
  2. Fill in the information for your profile. Pay close attention to:
    • Display Name
    • About You (the short bio)
      • Please note that you may add HTML links to your bio if you wish.
  3. Add whatever information is appropriate to your test site’s profile

This is a tutorial from Lorelle’s WordPress School. For more information, and to join this free, year-long, online WordPress School, see:

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  1. Posted February 9, 2015 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    Lorelle, in the profile editor that I see, there are no options for Location, Social Media Channels and Accounts, Online Chat Services or Verified External Services. See screenshot
    I checked every tab – what could I be overlooking?

    • Posted February 9, 2015 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

      @Marjolein: So glad to know you finally have a name but the @ part can go. We’ll cover that later in class. It bugs people and is considered unprofessional. Anyway, you are in the wrong spot. Go to the Administration Screens > Users > My Profile not the account settings. Unless they’ve suddenly decided to change it, it looks like the pictures in this article, not the account information you have access to.

      If you are using the new interface, switch to the Classic. That one isn’t ready for prime time yet and doesn’t match what you would find on the self-hosted installation of WordPress. Thanks.

    • Posted February 9, 2015 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

      @Lorelle: Thank you. I removed the @ bit from my account information, and updated my user profile from the OneNote Plaza blog. I’ve never perceived using a reference to my Twitter handle as unprofessional. I look forward to the part in your course where you may be commenting on that. Thank you in advance.

      With regard to interface, it took me a while to figure out you were referring to the editor ;-). It turns out I was using the Classic editor all along, so I’m ok in that respect.

      We’re only a few days into this course and I’m already learning heaps. Thank you again, Lorelle.

      • Posted February 9, 2015 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

        You are very welcome. There is much to learn, and I’m usually first in line for the learning!

  2. anjalirao
    Posted February 10, 2015 at 5:46 am | Permalink

    Thanks a lot; this is really a great platform to learn WordPress 🙂

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