Choosing a User Name and Profile on HubPages

Read This Before You Sign Up!

Welcome to HubPages! If you are new to this wonderful online community of writers, you may want to read these suggestions before you set up your account. When you set up your account, you will need to choose a Hubpages username. Your Hubpages username and Hubpages Profile name are one and the same, and it will be the world's window to your writing on HubPages. So it is important to choose a name that captures the essence of you.

Important: You cannot change your HubPages user name after it is created.

What is a HubPages Profile?

On HubPages you will have a public profile page. This is kind of like a public home where your friends can find you. The profile page includes:

  • Your HubPages username
  • A short biography written by you
  • Your profile picture, sometimes called an avatar
  • Links to your hubs, as you write them.

Here is the link to my profile page, as an example:

http://hubpages.com/profile/wannabwestern

YOUR profile link will appear exactly as mine, but replace "wannabwestern" with the name you select when you join Hubpages.

Your user name is essentially your byline. What is a byline, you may ask? In the good ol' days of print newspaper publishing, the byline was simply the author's name. Some people on HubPages publish on HubPages as their given, legal name while others choose creative pseudonyms.

Many literary and children's authors use pseudonyms too. Dr. Seuss was a pen name for Theodore Geisel, and Samuel Clemens was the real name of Mark Twain. A few authors who sign up on HubPages (or HP for short), do so with the mistaken idea that their user name is like a secret account number, so they choose a name that looks like the password to their bank account.

Not so! Your profile is in fact your public statement to the world of who you are. Your name, your biography, and your photo should represent the tone and topics that you will be sharing as an HP member. You want your bio and profile picture to appear on page one of the HubPages Hubbers section, so you want your name to be memorable. Avoid name combinations that include your first name and your birthday, which isn't memorable and it can give away private information which can undermine your password security on other online sites.

When choosing your HubPages user name, you may want to consider using word play (not to be confused with WordPlay, that name is already taken), double meanings, your HubPages content, and your interests and philosophy.

A Few Things to Keep In Mind

Since we don't get to select our own names at birth, the feeling of power we get from selecting our own profile name can go to our heads. I know personally as a writer, I sometimes suffer from an acute sense of wry personal irony. Writers after all are a creative and intense lot. But try to keep your HubPages name appropriate to your content. So here is where I get on my soap box.

Now for an example: at HubPages, many writers love to actively participate in the forums. Usually, people who have very long profile names or names that end it long number combinations end up having their name shortened. Most people call me wannab or western. That's fine by me. So say, just for the sake of example that you choose a profile name like Schnauzer Lover. Your name will probably be shortened to "Schnauzer" but who knows? 

Likewise, using the names of serial killers, celebrities, or other famous people is discouraged.

You can crop your profile photo once you upload it.
You can crop your profile photo once you upload it.

Choose an Attractive Profile Pic that Captures the Essence of You

Most Hubbers (that's the name we HubPages authors like to call ourselves) use a personal photo of themselves. I try to vary my profile picture by changing it from time to time. Currently I'm using a macro-photo of a beautiful fall-blooming Lantana that I took outside of my house on my picture. By the time you read this I may have changed it. Sometimes I use a picture of myself from my toddler years in the early 1970s, because many of my articles are child-friendly book reviews and parenting articles. I try to keep my articles lighthearted and my profile picture reflects this.

What you want to avoid is posting a profile picture that makes you look like you are writing from the state penitentiary or like you are a candidate for America's Most Wanted. If the only photo you can rustle up makes you look like you are taking a mug shot at the local police station, think twice about posting it. Pictures that have poor quality lighting or pictures that make you look sullen, angry, or unhappy are probably poor choices for your profile photo.

At the other extreme, you may want to be wary of using pictures of beautiful people who simply aren't you. if you are fortunate enough to look like a supermodel or be married to a dentist, then by all means, post your glamorous photos of yourself. However, please avoid using photos of celebrities. This is a misrepresentation of who you are and most Hubbers who have posted on the matter all agree that this route makes you look a little bit egotistical.

Also, please remember the HubPages policy of no erotic or sexually explicit photos on your profile picture. I am not the HubPages police but I might as well mention this policy since you are new.

Adding a Personal Introduction

Add a personal introduction to your profile page gives you the opportunity to tell something about yourself, your areas of interest, or even your philosophy of life. Do try to capture the essence of your profile information in your first sentence, because this text will be reproduced on the HubPages Hubbers section. This is section is kind of a directory of HubPages writers, and is a useful way to explore the writers you want to read on HubPages.

New HubPages Writers like to share information about their personal lives, their professions, or their areas of interest. Once you have published HubPages articles called Hubs here on HP, you can link to them too.

I'm not the poster child for writing HubPages profile pages, but I never miss an opportunity at a little shameless self-promotion! Do check out the intros of other HubPages authors. Unlike your HubPages username/profile name, you can change the content of your profile page anytime you want.

Many authors who have accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites include links to their accounts on those sites from their profile page. The profile page is also a place where you can promote your online business.

Now that you know about profiles and usernames, go ahead and sign up!

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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Why didn't anyone think to do this before? What a wonderful job you did! I kinda sorta wish I could start fresh just so I can read this hub first ;)

Thanks, wannabwestern. You are such an innovator!


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wannabwestern 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

Wait, did you do this hub already? I keep thinking my ideas are fresh and finding out they're yesterday's news.

If you do start out fresh feel free to sign up under my link. :D


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

These are all great information, thank you.


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wannabwestern 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

Thanks Hello, hello!


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

I appreciate your suggestions. The only thing that is frustrating to me is when the hubbers change their picture so often. I get attached to their old one and when it goes missing, I feel a little lost. Just my opinion.


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wannabwestern 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

elayne001 that is a good point. I usually go for months with the same photo, then get into a mood where I change once a week or so until I settle into a photo I really love, then I stick with that for a while.

Photos help us identify our Hubber friends and if they're constantly changing it IS hard to keep up. Thanks for your worthy comment. I appreciate you reading.


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

I thank you for hub info on choosing the new user name. thanks for sharing. blessings. creativeone59


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wannabwestern 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

Thank you so much for reading! I appreciate you dropping by again.


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Ingenira 5 years ago

It is easier for me to write about tonnes of other topics than writing about myself. I am still learning...


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wpexplorer 5 years ago from USA

Darn, I wanted to change my name as the account was created a while back when I didn't really think I would use Hubpages - now I am really liking it. bummer...Useful hub though, thanks!


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wannabwestern 5 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

Ingenira I have enjoyed all of your articles that I have read so far, thanks for the comment!

wpexplorer, I understand where you are coming from. You can always create a new account and be sure to sign up under my link! ;D I do wish that it was possible to make changes to a HubPages user name but it makes sense that we can't. Some people could use changing their identities on HP for untoward purposes. However, this information isn't something that someone who has just stumbled upon HubPages and wants to give it a try may know right away. Something tells me that this article is always too late to be of use to most people.


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Amber Murphy 5 years ago from Orlando, Florida, USA

Can you explain to me how to sign up under someone else's name and why that would be of benefit to either of them? TO my knowledge, I am signed up under no one. I am considering starting fresh with a more catchy name. I signed up 2 years ago and am only now getting serious about posting. It's long overdue!


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wannabwestern 5 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

Hi Amber,

If I understand your question correctly, then signing up under someone benefits the person you signed up under but it doesn't affect your earnings at all. I think the HP policy is that the person you sign up under gets 10% of your impressions. HubPages gives up 10% from their take, so it doesn't affect you at all. If you sign up under someone who is active and who has a relatively high score, they may leave more comments on your hubs, thus helping your score to increase more quickly. Why? Because 10% of a successful hubber's earnings could be a good payoff for that little bit of effort.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Sure wish I would have found this page when I first started. Very useful.


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wannabwestern 4 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

I've heard that before lyricwriter! I would sure like that too. The HubPages staff has greatly expanded their online help and instructions since I wrote this, so hopefully this type of information is being disseminated to more new Hubbers than in the past.


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teachertalking1 4 years ago

Thanks for the informative post - like the others, I'm sorry that I've read this AFTER I've set up my account! I will enjoy exploring all that HubPages has to offer and to figure out the "rules" - I must admit, I'm a bit nervous about breaking one of the many that exist!


Emberfae 3 years ago

Thank you for all this information, I wish I found you before I signed up, I would have done it through you. Right now I cant even figure out how to upload a picture for my profile and change the background. It keeps saying it doesn't exist when I pick the picture from my gallery on my tablet. But thanks again for the useful information.


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wannabwestern 3 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

This is one of those hubs that I wrote before HubPages put together their fantastic introductory materials for new authors. I'm glad the information was helpful to you both. You can always create a new account, but that has its pros and cons. Good luck to both of you!


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biblicaliving 2 years ago from U.S.A.

It is a bit of a shame that you can't change your username later on, or for that matter establish a number of "pen names." Hub pages is a way to make some "fun" money, especially if you like to write. Good Hub!


LisaKeating 2 years ago

Agree. Should have read first but very helpful.


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Romanian 19 months ago from Oradea, Romania

For me is too late to change my profile name, but I think I choose a good one.

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