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Users, Password, Gravatar…

Video Tutorial Transcribed: Users – Passwords

In this tutorial we will learn how to manage users and passwords in the back end of your site. On the left menu bar go to users, a menu pops out and you can choose all users, add a new, or your profile. Whether you click on users or all users, you’re taken to a list of the users on your site. These are the people who have permission to work in the back end of your site.

As you can see I’m on Jim Bob’s site and there are two users. There is Jim Bob. He has a site just like you do and he was sent his username and password just like you were. Also, I’m one of the users in his site, just like I am in your site.

Please don’t delete me, jlsols or jlsols2,  because every now and then I may need to get in and help you out.

I’m going to click on my username. You can see different color schemes that you can choose from for the backend of your site. Now this has nothing to do with the frontend of your site. None of the colors change on the frontend…it’s only used if you like a different color scheme on the backend. I would suggest you just try these and see which one suits you the best.

As we scroll down this list of items, toolbar is toggled on. If you toggle this off, when you go to the frontend of your site the toolbar will not show up.

Proofreading…I’m going to leave that to you to make your own mind about proofing.

Notice that usernames cannot be changed. You were given a username and can’t change that. I can edit the rest of this information however. So I’ve got my first/last name and nickname. Notice my nickname is different than my username, and that’s a security issue as well.

Display name is used when you are doing a post page, maybe you are doing a blog for example. The display name appears below the title of your post giving you credit as the author of the post.

Email must be entered and this email is not seen publicly. It’s just used by WordPress to link this site to you. You can set up only one user per email address.

Scroll down a little bit farther you can see that you can generate a new password in this location. You can choose your own password, just make sure it is a strong one.

Scroll on down to the very bottom of the page and click Update Profile if you’ve made any changes to your user information.

To create a new user go to the main menu and under Users click add new, or remember you can also go up to the toolbar and under New, click User. Scroll down to the add new user section, and under username enter a username, and under email enter your email address. Remember only one user per email address. You also want this user to be able to edit your site fully so you would want to choose administrator. Once you’ve done that, click Add New User.

In order to use this new user you need to log out of the current user. You do this by going to the top right side of the toolbar and clicking on logout. Once you log out you can log back in as the new user.

Probably some of you are wondering where my picture in the backend is coming from. Actually this is not done here in the backend of your site. It is called a gravatar, and actually a gravatar is a globally recognized avatar. It’s an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. To set this up you would go to a site called gravatar.com. Now this is totally optional. I’m just telling you how I did mine and you by no means have to do it yourself. At gravatar.com you would create a user profile, and you would add the same email address that you put in your user profile because gravatars are tied together by a common email. So whatever email you put in, you need to put in the same one as you did on your user profile in WordPress. Once you do that you can add a new image, and then you can select it to be your gravatar. If you need help doing this, gravatar.com has some helpful tutorials that you can use. I just thought I would throw that in because I assume that some of you are wondering how I got my picture in the backend.

23 Comments

  1. Jan … I do not see you as a user. In fact it says no users. Help!!! Thanks

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    • Hi Phyllis,
      We recently updated the plugin related to Users and the issue you explain began for associate administrator role. The users are still there, you just can’t see them at the moment. We are in the process of communicating with plugin creators to get this fixed. If you want a password changed or a new user created, please email me. ~~Jan

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  2. Jan, I have an account with WordPress for a website on Godaddy. I have used dr.priscillaannbrown@gmail.com as the contact email address for that site and for this website with CTE. I am running into problems setting up a gravatar because it says that the password that I created for the CTE site doesn’t work. Do I have to create a whole new email address for the CTE site and do I need to change all of my CTE contact information to reflect that new email address?

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    • Hi Ann,
      On gravatar.com don’t try to just Sign In using your password for your CTE website. That’s not what it’s asking for. Instead… Create an account by clicking on Create Your Own Gravatar. Enter your email address, dr.priscillaannbrown@gmail.com. Then, enter a username and password, and then click Sign Up. I think you’ll see what to do from there. Let me know if this doesn’t work for you.
      ~~Jan

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  3. I have attempted to change my password several times under Account Management and save it. It is the same password for Word Press. It is not being saved. Please advise.

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    • Hi Wendy,
      You can change your User password with these steps. Please let me know if they work for you.
      1. Login to the backend of your site
      2. On the left click on Users-All Users, then click on your username
      3. Scroll down to Generate Password and click on it.
      4. Delete what’s there and put the STRONG password you want to use.
      5. Scroll down and Save the page.
      ~~Jan

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  4. Hi again, Jan,
    I went through the Gravatar set up and it worked fine except my picture is sideways. I looked and looked for how to turn it, but was not successful. Are you able to help me with this?
    Thank you again,
    Sharla

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    • Sharla, I don’t see a way to rotate it at gravatar.com. You may need to rotate it in another app and then upload it again to gravatar.com. Here’s a few suggestions…which are by no means the only way to rotate the picture. If you’re on a windows computer you may be able to double click on the picture file. When it opens, see if you can rotate it in the app that opens and save. Or you could use the Paint app on the windows computer. On a Mac computer, right-click on the picture file and click on Open With…then choose Preview. You should be able to rotate it and save. If your picture is on phone your should be able to edit it and rotate it. If you have trouble doing this, email me the picture and I’ll rotate it and send it back to you.
      ~~Jan

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  5. Hi Jan,
    I see a Darko Pavlovic as an administrator on my site. Do I leave him there? Or do I remove his name?
    Thank you in advance for your help.
    Sharla

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    • Hi, Sharla… yes, leave Darko as an administrator. He helps me from time to time with the websites.
      ~~Jan

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  6. Hello- I do not see your user ID on the back-end of my site.
    Please advise, Jan.

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    • Jackie, we have our developer looking into this. You and I are both still showing up when I look at your site…logged on as me. And both users are still there and working. I’ll post something here once I hear back from him. You should be able to work on your site.

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    • Jackie, you should now be seeing you and me as users…let me know if you don’t.

      Jan

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  7. Jan,
    Thanks for all your help I am feeling empowered. Your name does not appear on my backend I am glad to see I’m not the only one.
    Regards,
    James W Jackson

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    • James,

      I somehow missed this question before.

      Barney is checking into this. When I login as me, I see both you and me as users. Logged on as you, I don’t see any users. I’ll get back with you after Barney investigates.

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      • James, you should now be seeing you and me as users…let me know if you don’t.

        Jan

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        • thanks again Jan I now see you and me on the backend.

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  8. Jan,
    I do not see you as ‘User’ on the back end of my site

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    • Sorry, Marcia! I missed this question. Barney is checking into this. When I log on as me, I see both you and me as users. Logged on as you, I don’t see any users. I’ll get back with you after Barney investigates.

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  9. Jan,
    I do not see you on the Back End of my site.

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    • Dr. Edwards, you should now be seeing you and me as users…let me know if you don’t.

      Jan

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  10. I want to add my husband as a new user on my account because he will be helping me from time to time. However, when I click on “Add User,” it asks for an existing e-mail address, and I do not get the screen that is shown on the tutorial. Did the 4.0 update include a change in how to add users to my site?

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    • Maryann, thanks for pointing this out to me. As we’re making the site better and doing updates, we’re still adjusting some things. You can add your husband as a user now. Thanks for posting and asking the question. You helped everyone!

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