Learn How To Use WordPressFor online security reasons, avoid installing WordPress sites using the username “admin”.

This is the default installation username for WordPress and one of the leading causes of brute force attacks on WordPress sites.

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To A Different Username

In this step-by-step tutorial for non-technical WordPress users, you will learn how to change your admin user name in WordPress to a more secure username.

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress To Another User Name

Generally, with all new WordPress installations, the first user is also the admin of the website or blog.

The default WordPress username admin is not recommended, as it puts your website or blog at risk of being hacked …

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

Let’s change the WordPress admin username to a more secure user name.

There are a number of ways to access your “Profile” section after logging into WP:

Click on the Users > All Users page in your main menu …

Changing Your WP Admin Username

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

Changing Your WP Admin User Name

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

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

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

What you will see in the Profile area, however, is that your username can’t be changed from the admin section …

Changing Your WP Admin Username

So, how can you edit the username?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

If your WordPress user name is “admin,” here’s the easiest way to change your user name without accessing your server and modifying files or your WordPress database:

First, let’s create a new user …

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

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

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

A new admin user should now display in the Users area …

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

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name To Another Username

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

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

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

How To Change Your WP Admin Username

Click on Users > All Users in the main menu …

Changing Your WP Admin Username To A Different User Name

You can now delete the old administrator account …

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To Another User Name

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

Changing Your WP User Name From Admin To Another Username

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

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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 mostly intended for non-technical WordPress users, let’s go one step further and show you how to change your WordPress user name inside the WordPress database.

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

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 A User Name Inside The WordPress Database

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

cPanel management application

Log into your server control panel …

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

cPanel administration area

Find the “Databases” section and open up phpMyAdmin

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

phpMyAdmin

Open up your WP database.

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress To Another Username

phpMyAdmin databases

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

Click on wp_users

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name To A Different Username

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

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

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

Log out of your server if you’re done and go back to your WordPress site. You may find that your session is expired. If so, log in again with your new administration username and password …

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To A Different Username

You should see that the user name is now updated. However, your site will probably still be displaying the old “nickname” …

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

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress To Another User Name

You can also get to your Profile section by clicking on the Edit My Profile link in the “Howdy, User” panel …

Changing Your WP Admin Username

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

Changing Your WP Admin 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 dropdown menu …

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

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

Changing Your WordPress User Name From Admin To A Different Username

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

Changing Your WP Admin User Name

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

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