Your first time readers usually reach come across your blog via other links. But how long they’ll continue reading other articles depends on many factors.
They’ll first obliviously see the quality of your articles – values they offer for them.
They’ll then look into your credibility – how far your views can be trusted.
You can improve quality with time and experience.
But credibility is something we should attend well from the day one. We should present ourselves well to convince them that we’re actually ones they need.
It’s through ‘Profile’ widget, we can present ourselves in the best possible way. We can give professionally enticing bio text in it with a link to our ‘About’ page – containing CTA and our works.
Therefore, Profile widget is very important. One area where professional bloggers try to attract readers is from their Profile widget. It’s also an area where we have to give attention.
There are many methods and tools for preparing the profile widget in a WordPress blog. And for that matter only, today I have come up with suggestion of various tools.
Hope you can choose the best tool and come up with one good profile widget in your blog.
#1 Gravator Profile
Automatic owns this service. Bloggers can use it for various purposes. Because it’s a service that is compatible with WordPress.
Out of the many uses, Gravator can be used for displaying user profiles in a blog. You just have to create an account with it using an email address associated with a blog.
How to add Gravatar?
You need an account with Gravatar. If you don’t have one, you can create one. Click HERE to create an account.
But don’t use an email other than the one which you use in your blog.
You can directly use Gravatar if your blog is a free hosted WordPress blog i.e if your blog URL goes something www.example.wordpress.com.
Otherwise for self-hosted ones, you have to download and activate plugin JetPack of Automatic.
It’s only then you can add Gravatar Profile in your blog by means of drag and drop from dashboard Appearance and Widgets.
Pros of Gravatar Profile Widget:
- Clean and professional.
- Your presence in another platform.
- Easy to install.
- Link other social media.
- Link to other services.
Cons of Gravatar Profile Widget:
- Doesn’t support changes.
- Bio descriptions are same.
- Profile image size is fixed.
- Cannot link a page.
#2 JetPack Image
JetPack plugin comes with many other tools. JetPack Image is one of them. The moment you install and activate it, a JetPack Image widget will be shown as an available widget.
Add it anywhere (sidebar or footer area) by means of drag and drop from appearance>>widget in dashboard.
How to set JetPack Image as a profile?
Once you place this widget where you wanted, it will present you with many blank spaces like widget title, image URL, caption etc.
Give necessary details.
Then provide image URL via other third party platforms or directly from your blog’s media library.
You might also change sizes and image alignment settings.
Pros of JetPack Image as a Profile:
- Do more settings.
- Use image from other platforms.
- Make it open in new tab.
- Best for sponsored ads.
- Cannot link a Page.
Cons of JetPack Image as a Profile:
- Bio details can’t be aligned well.
- Bio details get shrunken.
On a closer look, the settings and functionalities it has are almost similar to that of image widget. But I didn’t use this tool in my blog.
#3 Image Widget
This widget is present in all default in the list of ‘available widgets’. You just have to drag and drop to make it to display your profile.
This is the widget I am currently using in my blog to display my profile. See it on the top of my sidebar.
Pros of Image Widget as a Profile:
- Can select image directly – no URL link needed.
- Can make it open in new tab.
- Do more settings.
- Bio details stretch to fill up sidebar area.
- Page can be linked.
Cons of Image Widget as a Profile:
- Have to do bio text alignment manually.
- Have to provide page link manually.
However, I have used this just because display of bio text appears more professional in this case compare to that of JetPack Image. See below for comparison:
#4 Google+ Badge
This also comes when you install and activate JetPack Plugin. Adding Google+ Badge will provide readers an option to subscribe you in Google Plus Profile.
One of the popular professional bloggers Donna Merrill has Google+ Badge instead of other Profile Widgets in her blog.
Pros of Google+ Badge as a profile:
- Easy to add.
- Suitable for Google Community Admins.
Cons of Google+ Badge as a Profile:
- Bio text can’t be added.
- Doesn’t look clean.
#5 Text Widget
If you have a basic knowledge of CSS and HTML, you can actually come up with a good user profile using Text Widget.
Because I have prepared a style sheet to prepare a profile widget using Text Widget.
If you want to add your profile using this method, first add text widget and then in its content space, add given code:
Give your image URL, Bio text and page URL in above code.
#6 Profile Plugins
There are many plugins to build profile widget for WordPress bloggers. I want to recommend Profile Widget Ninja – you can also add social media profile links.
I have tried it myself. It has more features. There are many other similar plugins just for building profile widget for WordPress bloggers.
Pros of using plugin to develop profile widget:
- No need of technical knowledge.
- Simple to install.
Cons of using plugin to develop profile widget:
- Increase loading time of your blog.
- Hard to trust.
#7 Author Box
User details can be shown by means of author box-that usually comes below post. This cannot be necessarily considered as profile. Yet contents will be similar.
Some bloggers don’t display profile in sidebar or footer. Because if bio text is given in author box, things would be just a repetition-not quite professional.
And some themes come to beautiful author box templates. Otherwise, there are also many plugins to meet requirements of varied ranges of bloggers.
These are some tools or methods which I feel will prove helpful for you in coming up with a good looking and professionally inclusive user profile in your blog.
I feel these many will be more than enough if you can tweak around. But if you feel they aren’t adequate and have some other tools, which are better than I have mentioned, please recommend in comment.