How To Change The Admin Username In WordPress

The default WordPress username admin poses a security risk to your WordPress site. Learn how to change the admin username in WordPress for improved security …

Learn To Use WordPressFor online security purposes, avoid setting up WordPress sites with the user name “admin”.

This is the default installation username for WordPress and one of the first areas of potential vulnerabilities hackers look for in WordPress websites and blogs.

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress To Another Username

In this step-by-step tutorial for non-technical users, we’ll show you how to change the WordPress admin username from ‘admin’ to a more secure username.

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To A More Secure User Name

By default, with all new WordPress site installations, the first registered user is usually the administrator.

The default WordPress user name admin is not recommended, as it can pose a security risk to your WordPress site …

Changing Your WP Admin Username

Let’s change your WordPress admin user name from ‘admin’ to a more secure user name.

There are several ways to access your “Profile” section inside WordPress:

Select the Users > All Users screen in the main menu …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

Click on your username, or the Edit link when hovering over the user name with your mouse …

How To Change Your WP User Name From Admin To Another Username

Or, select Edit My Profile from the “Howdy, User” drop down menu at the top-right hand corner of your Dashboard …

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

You can also go to your “Profile” screen by selecting Users > Your Profile from the main menu.

What you will discover when you get into your Profile page, however, is that usernames cannot be changed inside the Dashboard …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username To A More Secure Username

So, how can you change your user name?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

If your admin login is “admin,” here’s the easiest way to change this without going into your server and doing technical stuff:

Click Add New to create a new user …

How To Change Your WP Username From Admin To A Different User Name

Next, create a better username, and assign the new user account the role of “Administrator”. Remember to save your changes to update your settings …

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

You have now created a new admin user …

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name To A More Secure User Name

Log in with the new admin details for the user you have just created …

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

You should see your new user name details displayed in the “Howdy, User” screen …

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To Another Username

Select Users > All Users in your main menu …

How To Change Your WP Admin Username To A Different Username

You can now delete the old administrator account …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

Choose the option to assign all content owned by the old admin account and reassigned it to the new user, then confirm the deletion of the old admin account …

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To A Different Username

You are now left with only the new Admin account, effectively changing your WordPress admin username …

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress To Another Username

Change Admin Username Using A WordPress Plugin

Another easy way to change the username is to use a plugin like the one shown below.

Username Changer

Username changer

(Username changer)

Username Changer is a free WordPress plugin that lets you easily change your admin username (and allow other users to change their usernames too!)

Installing The Plugin

To install the plugin from your WordPress dashboard, go to Plugins > Add Plugins and type in “username” into the Keyword search field (if you need help see our tutorial on installing WordPress plugins).

There are several plugins you can use to perform a similar function. Locate the Username Changer plugin and click on ‘Install Now’ …

Install the plugin

(Install the plugin)

After installing the plugin, click the ‘Activate’ button …

Activate the plugin

(Activate the plugin)

Configuring The Plugin

After installing and activating the plugin, go to Settings > Username Changer

Settings - Username Changer menu

(Settings – Username Changer menu)

This brings you to the ‘Settings’ screen.

Here, you can allow other user roles to change their usernames too (be careful about doing this!) …

Username Changer Settings - Allowed Roles

(Username Changer Settings – Allowed Roles)

You can also configure email notifications (if you choose to allow users to change their usernames) …

Username Changer Settings - Email notifications

(Username Changer Settings – Email notifications)

Using The Plugin

To change your username, go to Users > Your Profile

Users - Your Profile menu

(Users – Your Profile menu)

Scroll down to the ‘Name’ section and you will see a ‘Change Username’ link next to the grayed out username field. Click on this link to change your username …

Click on 'Change Username' link

(Click on ‘Change Username’ link)

The ‘Username’ field will become editable. Change your username and click the ‘Save Username’ button …

Save your new username

(Save your new username)

Changing your username will log you out of your WordPress admin area. You will need to log back into your WordPress site.

Click on the link to log back in …

Click on the link to log back in

(Click on the link to log back in)

Log back into your site with your new username (note: your password should remain the same) …

Log back in with your new username

(Log back in with your new username)

Note: If you don’t click on the link to log back in you will find yourself logged out of your site …

Changing your username will expire your session

(Changing your username will expire your session)

After logging back into your site, go to your User Profile section and you will see that your username has been changed.

Username changed

(Username changed)

To learn more about this plugin, go here: Username Changer

Important

Although this tutorial is really designed for non-technical WordPress users, let’s go one step further and show you how to change your username inside the WordPress database.

All you need is admin access to your server’s control panel.

Practical Tip

To learn how to search and replace content in your WordPress database without touching code or editing WordPress database tables, see the tutorial below:

Changing Your User Name Inside The WordPress Database

For the example below, we’ll be working with cPanel …

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress To Another User Name

cPanel

Log into your server control panel …

Changing Your WP Admin User Name To A More Secure User Name

cPanel administration area

Navigate to the “Databases” section and open phpMyAdmin

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

phpMyAdmin

Click on your WP database.

Note: If you have a number of databases set up on your domain, make sure you select the right one …

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name To A More Secure User Name

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t be concerned about the technical-looking nature of the information on your screen.

Click on wp_users

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name

The username is located in the “user login” column. To edit the field just double-click on the text you want to change …

Changing Your WP User Name From Admin To A Different User Name

Type in the new user name and click outside the edit box to update the field with the new user name …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To A Different User Name

Log out of your server if you’re done and reopen the browser to your WordPress site. You may find that your session is expired. Log in again with your new administration credentials …

How To Change Your WP Username From Admin To A Different Username

You should see that your user name has been updated. However, your site will probably still display the previous “nickname” …

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

To change your “nickname”, access your Users screen and click the Edit link below the username …

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To A More Secure User Name

You can also get to the Profile section if you click on the Edit My Profile link in the “Howdy, User” box …

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name To A More Secure User Name

Select a new name to display publicly from the drop-down menu …

Changing Your WP User Name From Admin To Another Username

Practical Tip

Note: You can also create a new Nickname in the Nickname field and it will then be available for selection in the Display name publicly as drop-down menu …

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To A Different User Name

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

You admin area is now updated with a new user name and nickname …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

Congratulations! Now you know how to change your WordPress admin username on your website.

How To Change Your WordPress Username From Admin To A More Secure User Name

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