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 web security reasons, it’s safer to not install sites using the user name “admin”.

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

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

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to change the WordPress admin user name to a more secure username.

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

By default, in a new WordPress site installation, the first registered user is usually the site administrator.

The default WordPress username admin is not recommended, as it could pose a security risk to your WordPress site …

Changing Your WP Admin User Name

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

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name To A Different User Name

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

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

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

Changing Your WP Admin User Name To Another Username

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

What you will see in the Profile area, however, is that you can’t change user names inside the admin section …

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

So, how can you modify a username?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

If your WordPress username is “admin,” here’s the easiest way to change this without accessing your server and modifying files or your WordPress database:

Click Add New to create a new user …

Changing Your WordPress User Name From Admin To A Different Username

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

A new admin user should now be displaying …

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

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress To Another User Name

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

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

Select Users > All Users in the main menu …

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

Delete the old user account …

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To A Different User Name

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

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

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

How To Change Your Admin Username 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 WordPress 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:

How To Change A User Name Inside The WordPress Database

For the example below, the server uses cPanel …

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

cPanel management application

Log into your server control panel …

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

cPanel admin area

Find the “Databases” section and click on phpMyAdmin

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

phpMyAdmin

Click on your WordPress database.

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username

phpMyAdmin databases

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

Click on wp_users

Changing Your WP Admin Username

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

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name

Log out of your server if you’re done and return to your WordPress site. You will probably find that your session has expired. If so, log in again with your new administration details …

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name

You should see that the user name is now updated. However, it will probably still be displaying the old “nickname” …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress To Another Username

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

Changing Your WordPress User Name From Admin To Another User Name

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username

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

Changing Your WP Admin User Name 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 …

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

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

Changing Your WP User Name From Admin To Another Username

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To A Different User Name

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

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

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