I've been tasked to wireframe a user management component for multiple applications and was having a concern about the proper naming of the included sections.


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In the above wireframe, the user can select the menu entry Profile Settings to view the profile settings page. There are sub-sections and I've used profile as the first sub-section which will consist of basic profile settings such as username, first name, last name, etc.

Does it make more sense to use default as the sub-section name rather than profile?

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I think profile is definitely better label than "default", because it is more commonly used in other web applications, so users will have some idea what it is before clicking.

Just to be clear:

1) Is the profile page going to include option to edit settings of your profile?

2) If so, what will the settings on the "profile settings" page be? Listing these out can be really useful!

Why not label the "profile settings" link as more generic "settings", you will probably anyways end up putting other settings there, such as preferences and security/privacy etc.

If some settings are changed through the profile page, you can always link to them on the settings page. For example "To change your username, please go to the profile page"

  • My approach was to name the link as "Account Settings" since it consists of profile settings + some general settings. Which makes much more sense other than profile settings. So in that case, using "Profile" as the secondary navigation makes much more sense. Oct 12, 2016 at 9:32
  • Sounds good! However I think you could also get away with using just "settings", it seems to be the convention anyway. Just look at any website that you frequently visit. :)
    – Satu
    Oct 12, 2016 at 10:02
  • Yes I referred to couple of famous websites and they all use settings as the link so I guess a better approach would be to use that way. :) Oct 12, 2016 at 10:05

It doesn't make sense to use default because this communicates nothing to the user. It doesn't make sense to use profile because profile already describes a concept in the application.

Try profile details.


I think you should write it as

Account Settings or My Account which can have further SubTabs like

1) Security (Public and private stuffs ,Sign In) Card

2) Password (Change password) Card

3) Profile ( Change profile photo and short description of user) Card

4) Account Preferences Card

And i think you should use card layout to show these after clicking on Account Settings or My Account button


When you say

Does it make more sense to use default as the sub-section name rather than profile?

In what context do you mean?

If you mean, does it make sense to name the view 'default' when speaking to a developer? - possibly.

When talking to a customer? - probably not, unless this is a customers understanding of the section.

I would always try to find a common language with the customer so you're on the same page (pun intended) when talking about areas of the app.

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