If you changed your password just after you installed WordPress, you've already seen the user profile page (Figure 10-1). You can reach it by going to Users ^ Your Profile in the navigation menu. You might not have noticed, but you were assigned the administrator role.

Figure 10-1. A user profile

In the personal options section, you can determine how the WordPress administration screens will work for you. You can disable the visual (rich text) editor on the content editing screens and you can switch the color scheme to blue. See for the full list of comment moderation shortcuts you'll have if you enable keyboard shortcuts for comment moderation.

Note that the username you chose when you installed WordPress cannot be changed unless you edit the database field directly (with PHPMyAdmin, for example). You could also create another user, give it the administrator role, and log in with that account instead.

The first and last name fields should be self-explanatory. The nickname field works much like a post's slug. It's used in the URL to your author archive page (which we talked about in Chapter 6) and can be used in some functions that retrieve user profile data.

The display name setting determines how your name will appear on your site: in your post/page bylines, on your author archive pages, and in your comments (f you're logged in when you leave a comment).

Your e-mail address will be used for all the notifications you, personally, will receive from WordPress. While the e-mail you specified in Settings ^ General will be used for system notifications, you'll be notified at the address you provide here about every comment on posts you've written, if you've checked the appropriate setting in Settings ^ Discussion. If you forget your password, you'll be able to reset it by having a new one sent to this address. Note that users can't have duplicate e-mail addresses; if you need to create additional accounts for yourself as you test various features, you'll have to use a different address for each one.

The URL you enter here will be used if your theme supports author links in bylines. Your name will also be linked to this URL if you are logged in when commenting.

The biography field is not often used in themes, but some display it as a post footer in a multi-author blog or in the sidebar of the author archive template. This field accepts a limited set of HTML tagsā€”the same ones allowed in comments, in fact. All other tags will be removed. The allowed tags (and attributes) in all filtered HTML fields are shown in Listing 10-1.

Listing 10-1. HTML tags and attributes allowed in filtered HTML fields

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WordPress uses Gravatars ( for its user avatars. If a user has a Gravatar associated with his or her e-mail address, it will be shown in the administration screens and in any theme that supports avatars.

As an administrator, you can edit other users' profiles as well as your own. No other role has this capability.

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