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Managing Accounts in WordPress

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Learn about all the account types in WordPress 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 such features as the Admin toolbar and the Visual Editor.

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.

In this chapter, we’ll 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 such features as the Admin toolbar 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:

  1. Click your username on the top right of any area in your Admin toolbar (where it says “Howdy, username”) black-a.jpg.

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    black-a.jpg Click your username to edit your account information.

    or

  2. Click Users > Your Profile in the sidebar.

To set up your profile:

  1. From the Profile page, choose among the Personal Options black-b.jpg. You can choose to disable the Visual (WYSIWYG) Editor when writing and choose a color scheme for your admin dashboard, plus you can enable keyboard shortcuts for moderating comments. You can also choose whether to display the Admin toolbar when viewing your site.

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    black-b.jpg Profile options in the admin screen.

  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 black-c.jpg. This name will display in the “Howdy, username” salutation at the top of the admin screen and also on your posts and comments.

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    black-c.jpg You can change anything except your username, and you can choose a preferred nickname from the drop-down menu.

  3. If you want to provide additional contact information, do so in the Contact Info section. You can change the email address associated with your username, and you can add other contact information, such as the URL for your website and your instant messaging identities black-d.jpg.

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    black-d.jpg Update your email address and add other contact info here.

  4. In the About Yourself section, add biographical information if you like. Some themes display this publicly on the site. The About Yourself section is also where you can update your password black-e.jpg. You’ll use this password 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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    black-e.jpg The Strength indicator will tell you whether you have chosen a password that would be difficult for a hacker to guess.

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