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 WordPress.com, please note that the service only permits one identity and profile per registered email address. Your profile information is the same across every WordPress.com 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 email@example.com 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 WordPress.com.
I’ve long requested WordPress.com permit different bio profiles for WordPress.com sites as many of us require a different bio depending upon the site we are contributing to on WordPress.com, 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.
- Phone Number: WordPress.com 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.
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. WordPress.com 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.
Your assignment today is to fill in your WordPress Profile information. Do not do the Gravatar. We will work on that tomorrow.
- On the Administration Screens of your test site, go to Users > My Profile
- 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.
- 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:
- Lorelle’s WordPress School Introduction
- Lorelle’s WordPress School Description
- WordPress School Tutorials List
- WordPress Publishing Checklist
- How to Give Feedback and Criticism