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 improved WordPress security, you should not set up 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 a WordPress web site.

Changing Your WP Admin User Name

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

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

Typically, with a new WordPress site, the first registered user is usually the website administrator.

Having the default WordPress user name admin is not recommended, as it creates a security risk to your WordPress site …

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

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

There are a number of ways to access your “Profile” section inside your WordPress admin area:

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

Changing Your WP Admin User Name To Another User Name

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username To A More Secure Username

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

Changing Your WP Admin User Name

You can also go to your “Profile” area by selecting Users > Your Profile from your Dashboard side menu.

What you will discover when you get into your Profile page, however, is that you can’t change your user name inside your Dashboard …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username To Another Username

So, how do you change a admin user name?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

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

First, create a new user …

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To A Different User Name

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

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

You have now added a new admin user …

Changing Your WP Admin Username To A More Secure Username

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To A Different Username

Log in with your new admin details …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

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

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

Click on Users > All Users in your main menu …

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

Delete the old administrator account …

Changing Your WordPress User Name From Admin To Another User Name

Choose 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 Admin User Name In WordPress To A More Secure User Name

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

Info

Although this tutorial is really intended 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.

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 Username Inside The WordPress Database

For the example below, the server uses the cPanel management application …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

cPanel

Log into your server administration area …

Changing Your WordPress User Name From Admin To A Different Username

cPanel administration area

Find the “Databases” section and open up phpMyAdmin

Changing Your WP User Name From Admin To Another User Name

phpMyAdmin

Open up your WP database.

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

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

phpMyAdmin databases

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

Click on wp_users

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

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username To A Different Username

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

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

Log out of your server when you’re finished and go back to your WordPress site. You will probably find that your session has expired. If so, log in again with your new Admin user name and password …

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name To A Different User Name

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username To Another 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 …

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

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

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

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

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name To Another Username

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