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.