“About Me” For Self-Hosted WordPress Website

About Me Widget For Self-Hosted WordPress Website
Something you don’t get with a self-hosted WordPress.org website – which you do get with a WordPress.com blog – is a neat little “About Me” box in the right sidebar.

Now, I know that, as introverts, we like to hide – but people DO want to know what you look like, before they do business with you. And if you have an About Me box in the sidebar, it saves people having to “click” to get to your About page and see whether or not they like the look of you!

However, all is not lost – because there are a couple of handy About Me WordPress widgets that will do the job for you. This is especially handy if you don’t have your photograph in your site header.

#1 – About-me-widget

Wordpress.org about-me-widgetWith this, you can add a short description of yourself, plus an image, to the right sidebar – and you can link to your About page for more details.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/about-me-widget/

It’s a bit fiddly, though, because you have to use FTP to upload the folder, and then go to Plugins to activate the plugin – so if you don’t know how to FTP files to your website, this isn’t ideal. The instructions for uploading the widget, and for designing the box, are contained in a ReadMe text file.

Also, it hasn’t been updated since 2010, so it might not be compatible with the latest version of WordPress – and you can be pretty certain there will be no support for it.

#2 – Aboutme-widget

Wordpress.org aboutme-widgetNo, this isn’t the same widget again!

With this one, you can link to a page on About.me, a free-to-register website where you can set up a profile page, even if you don’t have a website – just so you have a presence on the internet.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/aboutme-widget/

You upload the plugin in the normal way – no fiddling about with FTP. Then you simply put in your About.me web address (URL) and decide whether/how to display your photograph, name, headline, biography and apps (you can add apps in About.me).

Verdict

  • #2 is simpler to install than #1
  • #2 requires you to set up a profile on About.me – but that’s probably a good thing, because it’s yet another place you can be found on the internet, raising your profile and increasing your visibility
  • #1 enables you to design your own About Me box in the right sidebar AND link to a fuller About page on your website – or you could still use it to link to your profile on About.me
  • #1 downside is that it’s not up-to-date

In my view, therefore – unless you’re shy and don’t want to set up yet another profile on About.me – I think #2 is the better bet.


About the author Julia Barnickle - The Quiet EntrepreneurJulia Barnickle is a film maker, photographer, artist and writer, and the founder of The Quiet Entrepreneur community for introverts in business. She offers visibility coaching to raise your online profile, and helps you create videos to promote and deliver your services.

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6 comments… add one
  • Hi Julia – thanks for this, v useful…and something I have probably been hiding from too. I also loved your newsletter on this subject…have been hiding behind a cartoon image of my face for a while on my blog. I have been forcing myself to be more open with others pics and details, but a little voice tells me I might now need to update the profile pic too. Time to stop hiding behind a cartoon perhaps!!

    • Hi Angela – glad you found the post useful, and especially that you loved my newsletter, where I explained that it took publishing this post for me to realise I didn’t have an “about me” section in the sidebar of The Quiet Entrepreneur! I notice you do have other (small) photos of yourself on your blog, so I look forward to seeing a lovely photo of YOU on your about page, instead of the cartoon. 🙂

  • Julia, thank you so much for writing this post, which not only gives me an elegant solution to my problem but also introduces me to another way of (virtually) shouting “look at me” (on the About. me website). Option 2 is easy to set up and displays beautifully on your Wordpress website home page. Perfect.
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    • Julia Barnickle

      Thanks Beverley – I’m glad you found option 2 easy to set up. Your website and About.me page are looking good!

  • Tim Gray

    If you have someone helping you with your website, they should be able to make you one of these using HTML code in a text widget. It’s the simplest of all, as long as you have access to the skills. (You can easily do some “about me” text, but adding an image and making it all look good is slightly trickier.)

    • Julia Barnickle

      Yes, you’re absolutely right, Tim – in fact, that’s what I do on my own websites. The article is really intended for people who have set up a Wordpress website themselves, but don’t want to have to edit HTML code.

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