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 …

WP For BeginnersFor security reasons, it’s safer to not install WordPress sites with the username “admin”.

This is the default installation username for WordPress and one of the first areas of potential vulnerabilities hackers look for when attempting to break into the WordPress platform.

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To Another Username

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

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

How To Change Your WP Admin Username

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

There are a number of ways to view your user name details inside your admin area:

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

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

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

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

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

You will discover in the Profile page that user names cannot be changed from the Dashboard …

How To Change Your WP Admin Username

So, how can you edit 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:

Click Add New to create a new user …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To A More Secure Username

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

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

You have now created a new user with admin privileges …

How To Change Your WordPress Username From Admin To Another Username

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username

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

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name

Click on Users > All Users in your main menu …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

Delete the old administrator account …

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name

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

How To Change Your WP Admin Username

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

How To Change 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 your WordPress user name inside the WordPress database.

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

Useful 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 Username Inside The WordPress Database

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

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

cPanel

Log into your server control panel …

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

cPanel administration area

Find the “Databases” section and open phpMyAdmin

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

phpMyAdmin

Click on your WP database.

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

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

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t worry about the complicated-looking screen.

Click on wp_users in the “Table” column on the left-hand side …

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin 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 Different User Name

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

Log out of your server if 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 credentials …

Changing Your WP Admin Username

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress To Another User Name

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 Another Username

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

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

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

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

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 dropdown menu …

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

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress To A Different Username

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

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

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