WordPress.com Username Accounts, Logins and More

question markYou may be surprised to learn how many bloggers post to the support forums every day who have issues centered on failing to comprehend the relationships between username accounts and associated email accounts, blogs registered under them, email addresses, cookies and log-ins.

One Unique Identifier email address per username account

When you register a WordPress.com username account the email address you provide becomes your unique identifier when you are logged into WordPress.com.

Each username account must have a different email address.

All blogs registered under the same username account are associated with the same email address.

Changing your Email Address

You have two separate email address settings at WordPress.com and you have the option of entering two different email addresses at these locations:

Blog notifications for the admin (comment moderation, Likes, new subscriptions, etc.) are sent to the email address at Settings -> General in the Dashboard.

Personal notifications (comments on your posts, subscription emails, and upgrade renewals) are sent to the email address at Users -> Personal Settings in the Dashboard.

See also > Issues Changing your E-mail Address

Username Accounts and Blogs

When you register a WordPress.com username account the matching blog URL is reserved for your future use. Reserved blogs cannot be obtained by anyone other than the person who has registered the matching username account.

WordPress.com blogs come with 3000 megabytes (~3 GBs) of media storage space for uploaded files and images. If you need more space you can buy a Space Upgrade.

There are no bandwidth limits on WordPress.com blogs, so you can publish as many posts and pages as you like.

You are not limited to registering a single blog, you can register additional blogs under the same username account and the associated email account.  And, you have blog visibility options. You can either hide or make any or all of the blogs registered under a username account visible on your Dashboard.

Clicking My blogs – Show Hidden will display all your blogs registered under the same username, including the hidden ones. If you cannot see a blog at My Blogs then follow this my blogs – dashboard visibility guide.

Regardless of how many blogs you register under the same username account you can only link your username to a single “primary blog”.

Cookies and Logging In and Logging Out

WordPress.com uses cookies to identify username account logins. To login and gain Admin access to any blog you have registered you must be logged in under the username that registered the blog.

The Admin [edit] link on your blog(s) is only for your convenience and the convenience of your Editors if you have any. No one else will be able to view the Admin [edit] link. Only you and your editors can see it and use it while  logged in to WordPress.com.

As cookies keep track of commenters if someone submits a comment on your blog or submits a contact form, the next time they come to your blog, WordPress.com will recognize them and complete the details for them, unless they have cleared their cookies. No one else will be able to view those details in comment boxes or in contact forms.Commenters will not see each others details.The next person will see blank fields.

If you have more than username account then you must log out of one account before logging in under another username account. For your convenience when commenting WordPress.com provides a “change” [username accounts] link.

Separate username accounts and Blogs

If you plan to have blogs that you do not want to be associated then register separate username accounts first and then register the blogs separately under them. The email addresses for each username account must be different.

If you have a single username account and have already registered two (or more) blogs that you do not want to be associated with each other any longer, you can register another username account using a different email address and transfer one (or more) of the blogs to the new username account.

Multiple Username Accounts and Blogs

Blogs aren’t owned by institutions, businesses, organizations or groups. The sole owner of a blog is the person with the username account who registered the blog and who is the Admin of the blog.

If you are a member of a group that has lost access to a blog and you are not the owner of the blog, WordPress.com Staff cannot breach the privacy policy and provide the email address of the blog owner to you. Provided you can reach the owner of the blog and they agree, they  can add your username account as an Admin of the blog and transfer the blog to your username account.

WordPress.com and Gravatar Together Forever

As a WordPress.com username account is also a Gravatar account you can have only a single Gravatar image for each username account. But note that your Blavatar image does not have to be the same image as your Gravatar.

You don’t have to be a WordPress user or blogger to register Gravatar but it’s free and easy to do so.You can add your Verified Services links like those for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, etc. and your Personal Links such as links to your blogs on your Gravatar profile page.The data you enter at > Users > My Profile in the “About you” section in your blog will also appear on your Gravatar profile page.

Author Profiles

If you select a theme that’s designed to display an author profile then your Gravatar and that brief author profile data you you enter at > Users > My Profile in the “About you” section in your blog will appear at the end of your posts. Advice: Do not create a lengthy biographical entry for your author profile. The lengthy version belongs on your About page. Instead create a Twitter length author profile so it can do double duty and is easily recognizable to blog followers and Twitter followers.

author profile

Purchasing Upgrades for a Blog

You must be logged in under the same username account that registered the blog, who is the Admin of the blog to buy upgrades for any blog. The My Upgrades page is where you manage your upgrades. Upgrades can be transferred between blogs, if and only if, the blogs are registered under the same username account.

Changing your Username or Display Name

You can change both your WordPress.com account username (the name you use to login) and your display name (the name that is seen on your posts and comments).

You can change your “display name” or “nickname” that will appear on all blogs registered under the same username account, but do note there is no going back if you change a username, the discarded username name will not be available for you or anyone else to use.

Read about Deleting Accounts, Blogs and Content.

Recovering An Account

If you can’t login to your blog because you cannot remember the password visit the lost password page.

If you can’t login to your blog because you cannot remember the email address and/or the username, visit the lost password  page, scroll down to the “Need More Help” link and complete the form for account recovery.

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  6. I read this post, scratched my head, threw out my arms and cried, “How does she know all this???”

    I have a feeling this will happen when I read your next post, too… : )

    • I have learned so much about blogging from answering support forum questions and I continue to learn more every day. :)

  7. Once again you have provided information that is very useful/helpful and presented in a format that is easy for a novice to understand. Thank you.

  8. I think you could also remind your readers of a possible dilemma of using the same username to register multiple blogs.

    I once had 2 blogs, completely unrelated, and I didn’t even want the readers of one blog to know of my existence in another blog. (Split personalities?)

    The problem was, I created these blogs under the same username, with a designated email and blog URL.

    I had to be careful when leaving a comment on other people’s blog. I needed to direct my readers to the right URL (eg Blog A) when leaving a comment. If I forgot to change the URL, the readers would be directed to Blog B.

    Changing blog URL when leaving comments is very time consuming and irritating. WordPress got confused too, and didn’t like my constant change. Sometimes, WordPress got so confused that it refused to change it for me.

    Perhaps there is a better way to deal with this dilemma, but I didn’t manage to find a better system. In the end, I abandoned one of the blogs completely.

    • In the post above under Separate username accounts and Blogs I linked to an earlier post of mine http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2012/08/14/separate-username-accounts-separate-blogs/ That post describes the process one uses to disassociate blogs registered under the same username. It’s the same one I shared with in the support forum.

      Changing blog URL when leaving comments is very time consuming and irritating.

      I don’t have this comment issue even though I have more than one username account. I simply click the change button provided in the comment box and log-in under the required username account and email address.

      Most people set their computers and browsers up to recognize them by clicking “remember me”. I have never done this. If you have two username accounts then you could simply use two different browsers ie. use one browser in association with one username eg. Firefox and another browser eg. Chrome in association with the other username account.

      • Thank you. I feel that WordPress encourages people to ‘create another blog’ without warning people these issues about user identity. For new users, this could pose a lot of stress after they’ve created multiple blogs. Personally I think it worked better for me to have 2 username accounts.

        • It’s near on to impossible to instruct every new blogger in all the ins and outs of blogging. What I do is simple. I recommend setting one’s “main” blog to private, registering a test blog and making it private too, and then learning how to blog in the test blog. of course, this runs against the grain of most bloggers and blogging platforms. Most bloggers want to dive in head first and most blogging platforms want to make it easy to do that.

          • That’s interesting. What if all ‘test’ blogs take great name that other future bloggers may want to use?

            For me, I’m so impatient that I just dived in and learnt from mistakes along the way. It’s not the best approach, but once I’m in it, I think I have the drive to learn it fast — and still learning everyday.

            It may also depend on the personality of bloggers. Perhaps we could do a psychology test to work out what’s best to suit different types of learners, such as auditory, visual and kinesthetic learners.

            Thank you for your support and I think the community benefits so much from such a kind hearted and selfless person like you.

  9. I hope new bloggers appreciate what great info you provided! It took me quite a while to figure out these relationships when I started blogging.

    • It takes some time and sometimes it takes a misunderstanding or two for some bloggers to appreciate the connections. Not a day goes by when there aren’t bloggers posting to the support forums saying they can’t access a blog, when they aren’t logging in under the correct username account.

      Once they understand that they have to use the correct username there is still a minority who think the software shouldn’t work the way it does and should. There are times when I want to shout. HELLO! You were experiencing exactly what ought to be expected if someone were attempting to hack into your blog. Be happy the software is working as it should.

    • Marianne,
      I’m getting an education in Spanish living form reading your interesting posts so I’m happy to hear I do provide information that interests you too.

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    • I hope I covered everything I intended to. What I used as an outline was a list based on the number and kind of threads on the support forum on these issues. Best wishes to you.

      • Yes your posts are always very comprehensive till the last detail. Thanks for sharing such informative and educational posts with us. I simply love them since I learn so much from them. Have a lovely weekend.

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          • A very happy Canada day to you. I am a Canadian and I live in Vancouver, BC. We have come from US specially to celebrate Canada Day here. We have a vacation home in US. It was because of the encouragement of Honorable Commissioner BoB Paulson that I myself decided to support the RCMP. I have put his letter on top of my blog as a special page. You will be pleased to read it. Have a lovely Canada Day.

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