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 WPFor increased web security, it’s safer to not create sites with the user name “admin”.

This is the default installation username for WordPress and one of the first vulnerable areas of website security that hackers look for when attempting to break into the WordPress CMS.

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to change your admin username in WordPress to a more secure username.

How To Change Your WP Admin Username

Normally, with a new WordPress site, the first user is the admin.

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

There are several ways to access your “Profile” section and view your username details after logging into your WordPress Dasboard area:

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

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

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

Changing Your Admin Username 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 screen …

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

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

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To Another User Name

So, how can you change your admin 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 more secure username, and assign the new user the role of “Administrator”. Remember to save your changes to update your settings …

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

You have now created a new user with admin privileges …

Changing Your WP User Name From Admin To Another Username

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To Another Username

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

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

Select Users > All Users in the main menu …

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

You can now delete the old administrator account …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

Select the option to attribute 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 Admin Username

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

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 aimed 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 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 A User Name Inside The WordPress Database

In our example, the server uses cPanel …

Changing Your WP Admin Username

cPanel

Log into your server administration area …

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

cPanel administration area

Find the “Databases” section and open up phpMyAdmin

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

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 Username From Admin To A Different User Name

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t worry about the complicated screen.

Click on wp_users in the left-hand column …

How To Change Your WP Admin Username

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username

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

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

Log out of your server if you’re finished 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 credentials …

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

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To A Different Username

To choose a new “nickname”, go to your Users section and click on the Edit link below your user name …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username To A Different Username

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

Changing Your WP User Name From Admin To A Different Username

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 WordPress User Name From Admin To A Different User Name

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username

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

Changing Your WordPress User Name From Admin To Another Username

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