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 WPFor better online security, avoid setting up WordPress sites using the username “admin”.

This is the default installation user name for WordPress and one of the leading causes of brute force attacks and security threats on the WordPress CMS.

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

In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to change the WordPress admin user name to a more secure username.

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

Generally, in all new WordPress sites, the first user is usually the site administrator.

Having the default WordPress username admin is not recommended, as it can out your blog at risk of being hacked …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

Let’s change your admin username in WordPress from ‘admin’ to a more secure username.

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

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

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

Changing Your WordPress User Name From Admin To Another Username

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username To Another Username

You can also visit your “Profile” area by selecting Users > Your Profile from your admin sidebar menu.

What you will discover in the Profile area, however, is that you cannot change your user name from the Dashboard section …

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

So, how can you modify this username?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

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

Click Add New to create a new user …

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To A More Secure Username

Next, create a more secure user name, and assign this new user the role of “Administrator”. Save your changes to update your settings …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

A new admin user should now be displaying …

Changing Your WP User Name From Admin To Another Username

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

Log in with your new admin details …

How To Change Your WordPress Username From Admin To Another Username

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

Click on Users > All Users in the main menu …

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name To A Different Username

You can now delete your old administrator account …

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

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

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To A More Secure Username

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

Changing Your WP User Name From Admin To A Different 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

Info

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

All you need is admin 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:

How To Change A User Name Inside The WordPress Database

For this example, we’ll be working with cPanel …

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

cPanel

Log into your server control panel …

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name To A Different Username

cPanel administration area

Scroll down to the “Databases” section and open phpMyAdmin

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

phpMyAdmin

Open up your WP database.

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

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

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t be concerned about the complicated-looking information on your screen screen.

Click on wp_users

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

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username

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

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

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

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To A Different User Name

You should see that the username has been updated. However, your admin details will probably still be displaying the previous “nickname” …

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To A Different Username

To choose a new “nickname”, visit your Users area and click the Edit link below the username …

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To A More Secure Username

Choose a new name to display publicly from the dropdown menu …

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name

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 User Name From Admin To A More Secure User Name

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

How To Change Your WP Username From Admin To Another Username

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To Another User Name

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

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

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