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 …

WordPress For BeginnersFor improved web security, don’t set up a WordPress site with the username “admin”.

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To Another Username

By default, with all new WordPress installations, the first user is also the admin.

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To Another Username

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

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

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

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

Click on your username, or click on 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” drop-down menu near the top-right hand corner of your admin area …

Changing Your WP Admin Username

You can also go to your “Profile” section by selecting Users > Your Profile from the admin sidebar menu.

What you will discover when you get into the Profile page, however, is that user names cannot be changed from the Dashboard …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name To Another Username

So, how can you edit the admin user name?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

If your user name is “admin,” here’s the easiest way to change the user name without going into your server:

Click Add New to create a new user …

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

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

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

You will now have a new admin user with a new username, together with the original user name (i.e. “admin”) …

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

How To Change Your WP Admin Username

Log in with your new admin details …

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

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

Click on Users > All Users in the main menu …

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

Delete your old administrator account …

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

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

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

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

Changing Your WP Admin 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 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 access to your server.

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

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

cPanel

Log into your server admin account …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To Another User Name

cPanel administration area

Navigate to the “Databases” section and click on phpMyAdmin

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To A Different Username

phpMyAdmin

Click on your WordPress database.

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username To Another Username

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t worry about the complicated-looking screen.

Click on wp_users in the left-hand column …

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

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name 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. If so, log in again with your new administration login details …

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To A More Secure User Name

To edit your “nickname”, open your Users section and click on the Edit link below your username …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress To Another User Name

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name

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

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

Useful 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 Admin Username In WordPress

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

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

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

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

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress To Another User Name

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