WordPress: Display the ‘About Yourself’ Profile on your Blog

Posted August 22, 2006 by MickeyMouse in Internet

Many themes do not display the biographical information in your profile on the front page of the blog. Using these steps you can include this information where you want it. We’ll walk the user through putting this information in the sidebar although it can be modified to go in other sections as well.


When reading a blog for the first time, many reader enjoy knowing a little about the blog author. WordPress contains a place for the author to write a brief biographical profile; however, many themes do not display this.

First to edit your biographical profile in wordpress:

1. Log into your wordpress blog
2. Click the Users link
3. Put your information in the About yourself textbox
4. Click the Update Profile button

Next, you need to add the profile to your theme.

We’ll add it to the sidebar, but it is easy to follow these directions for any other section as well.

1. Click the Presentation link in your wordpress blog
2. Click the Theme Editor link
3. Click the Sidebar link

(If you wanted it in another section, you can click that link instead. The footer or the header are other common places you could put your biographical information)

Paste in the following code where you want your information displayed:

<?php the_author_description(); ?>

You’ll probably want to paste in at least inside the top DIV tag in your sidebar. Experiment pasting into different places. You may want to wrap it in a unique DIV with a special css class so you can theme it from your css file as well. For example…

<div class="myprofile"><?php the_author_description(); ?></div>

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