WordPress – Edit User
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In this video I’m going to show you how to edit a user account.
Click on Users on the left menu.
Click on the user that you would like to edit.
The first option is the Visual Editor. This is what makes your post & page formatting area look like a Microsoft Word. It makes writing posts easy, but in many cases it ends up ruining the formatting. When switching to HTML mode and switching back, a lot of formatting is lost. If you check this option, you will no longer have to deal with formatting errors caused by WordPress. Some people might be afraid that they would have to enter things in HTML, but there is still a bar that will help you edit posts, but it won’t be as easy as the other one. This is more for those users who have some knowledge of HTML.
If you’d like to change your color scheme for the dashboard you have these eight different options. Check this radio button next to the color scheme desired. The left two colors are menu background colors and the right two are roll-over colors. If some colors are easier to read for you, change it here and test them out. You can always come back and change it back or try another scheme.
In the WordPress visual editor, you can use a combination of keys to do things that normally need a mouse, trackpad or other input device. Rather than reaching for your mouse to click on the toolbar, you can use the keyboard shortcuts. Click on the More Information link to view all the shortcuts. If you would like to enable this, check this box.
WordPress automatically displays a toolbar at the top of the page when you’re logged in. Whether you’re viewing the dashboard or the front page of your site, it’s still there. For developers, the toolbar can slightly throw off a theme’s design, especially if you have some CSS styling that may not be visible if the admin bar is displayed. For others, the toolbar can be distracting or annoying. If you would like to disable it, check the box next to Toolbar.
The username can’t be changed. If you’d like a user to have a different username, you will need to set them up a new account.
If you’d like to change their role you can do it here. You can change them to Contributor, Author, Editor, or Administrator. To learn more about each role, watch the Add Users video.
If you’d like to change the First or Last name, you could change it here.
Enter the nickname as it is a required for every user. It may be the same as your User Name or it can be different. If you don’t supply a Nickname, then the User Name will be placed in this field.
Next is Display name publicly as. To change the Display name, select from the drop-down list how you would like the name to be displayed on your blog. It defaults to your first and last name. You can choose from: Nickname, Login name, First Name, Last Name, “First Last”, or “Last First”. If you prefer “Last, First”, insert a comma after your last name in the Last Name text box and choose the last option from this drop down. I recommend not having it be the same as your username as it will make it easy for a hacker to figure out your username.
If you need to change their email, you can do it next to email. This field is required.
If you’d like to enter a website address, you can add it next to website.
The AOL, Yahoo, or Google Instant messaging are not used anymore so you can leave these blank.
Next to Biographical Info you can enter a short description or profile of your user here. This is optional information. Depending on your theme, it could be displayed on your website.
You can’t change the profile picture here. The user can change their own profile picture from their Profile Settings which I’ll show you in another video.
If you would like to change the password, click Generate Password.
You can either use the password it generates or you can type in your own password. Something that is easier for you to remember, but not too easy that hackers can easily figure it out.
If you would like to change it, highlight the current password and delete it.
Type in your password. My password, even with adding capital letters, numbers, and special characters it is still considered to be a weak password.
When you’re done, click on the Update User button.
That’s it for this video. I’ll see you in the next one.
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