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This chapter will give you the lowdown on all the account types and how to use them. Also learn how to configure your own account to get the most out of your WordPress experience by enabling and disabling features like the Admin Bar and the Visual Editor.
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WordPress user accounts allow people to access your site and its content in different ways. Administrators have full access to all parts of your site, including theme and plug-in settings and user management. You can set up Author and Editor accounts to let your users post articles, and Subscriber accounts make commenting a breeze. You can even restrict access to certain portions of your site to registered users.

This chapter will give you the lowdown on all the account types and how to use them. We’ll also show you how to configure your own account to get the most out of your WordPress experience by enabling and disabling features like the Admin Bar and the Visual Editor.

Configuring Your Account

Make your WordPress installation as unique as you are. You can customize everything from the way your name is displayed to the color scheme for your admin screen.

To access your account information

Click your username on the top right of any area in your Dashboard (where it says “Howdy, username”).

or

Click Users > Your Profile in the sidebar circle_a.jpg.

To set up your profile:

  1. From the Profile page, choose among the Personal Options circle_b.jpg. You can choose to disable the Visual (WYSIWYG) Editor when writing and choose a color scheme for your admin dashboard, and you can enable keyboard shortcuts for moderating comments. You can also choose whether to display the Admin Bar when viewing your site, in the dashboard, or both. Deselect the check boxes to disable the Admin Bar completely circle_c.jpg.
  2. In the Name section of the profile page, change or enter your full name and a nickname, and then choose your preferred display name from the drop-down menu circle_d.jpg. This name will display in the “Howdy, username” salutation at the top of the admin screen and also on your posts and comments.
  3. If you want to provide additional contact information, do so in the Contact Info section. You can change the e-mail address associated with your username, and you can add other contact information, such as the URL for your website and your instant messaging identities circle_e.jpg.
  4. In the About Yourself section, add biographical information if you like. Some themes display this publicly on the site. This is also where you can update your password circle_f.jpg. This is the password you use to log in to the site, so be sure to choose something you will remember! WordPress will let you know whether your password is strong or weak in the Strength indicator.
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