It’s not unusual for the team here at Restored 316 to receive emails or comments asking the same questions. Whenever we find a question that has been asked on multiple occasions we try to address is for you so that you don’t have to dig through the internet to find the answer or take time out of your day to email us! We are all running full schedules and we want to make setting up and maintaining a shop, blog, and/or website as easy as possible for you!
Today we just wanted to address how to remove that shadow box figured image from your Genesis User Profile and insert your own photo, as well as how to set up your Genesis User Profile.
Setting the Profile Image
First, you’re obviously going to need to choose the photo that you want to use for your profile image. This image is important because this is the photo that is going to not only show up in the Genesis User Profile widget on your website, but also in your comment section when you reply to comments on your blog and on any other blogs you may be commenting on.
Once you’ve chosen a photo, you’ll want to visit a site called Gravatar. You’ll be asked to create an account (for free), and then once you sign in asked to upload your photo. Just be sure you use the same email address as the one used on your website when creating this account. Once you upload it and hit save, you will have to wait a few minutes, but you should see your new Gravatar appearing in your profile widget within 20-30 minutes at the very longest!
Your Gravatar can be changed as often or as seldom as you prefer, though we do encourage you to keep your profile image up to date; especially if you frequently post photos on your site for readers to view. We want to ensure that the person they recognize in the sidebar as you looks relatively similar to the “you” in the photos on your site.
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Setting up your Profile
Now that you have an image, you’ll want to create a little bio about yourself to display in this widget. You can do this one of two ways…
First, you can fill out your User Profile via the WordPress Dashboard. Simply navigate to USERS > YOUR PROFILE and then scroll down to the section that says “biographical information.” This is where you can put your own personal information that you want readers to see when they first see your profile. Once you do that and hit “save” you will have the option in the actual sidebar widget to display your profile…
or to display a custom text. Some prefer to use the Genesis User Profile to present a welcome message to readers. If that’s the case, you might consider using the “custom text” option rather than the Author Bio. Then you can modify that text without having to change your bio any time something is different.
You’ll also notice that there are a few other options available with the Genesis User Profile widget, such as where to send readers to if they want to know more. You can customize that (generally) “Read More” text to say anything you prefer; as well as have it link to any page on your site! Most tend to direct that to their extended bio or their “About” page, but that can be modified to better serve your needs and the needs of your site!
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