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 How To Use WordPressFor security purposes, you should not create WordPress sites using the user name “admin”.

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

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

In this tutorial for non-technical WordPress users, you will learn how to change the WordPress admin username to a more secure user name.

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

Generally, with all new WordPress installations, the first registered user is usually the admin of the website or blog.

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

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

Let’s change the admin username in WordPress from ‘admin’ to a more secure username.

There are a number of ways to view your username details after logging into your WP admin area:

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

Changing Your WP Admin User Name To Another Username

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

How To Change Your WP Admin Username

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

What you will discover in the Profile page, however, is that your user name cannot be changed inside the Dashboard …

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

So, how can you edit a WordPress admin user name?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

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

Click Add New to create a new user …

Changing Your WP Admin Username

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

You have now created a new admin user …

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name To Another Username

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

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

Log in with your new admin details …

Changing Your WP Admin User Name

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

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

Click on Users > All Users in the main menu …

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

Delete the old administrator account …

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

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

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

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress To Another User Name

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 aimed for non-technical WordPress users, let’s go one step further and show you how to change your user name inside the WordPress database.

All you need is 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 Your Username Inside The WordPress Database

In our example, we’ll be working with the cPanel management software …

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

cPanel management application

Log into your server administration area …

Changing Your WP Admin User Name To Another Username

cPanel admin area

Scroll down to the “Databases” section and click on phpMyAdmin

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

phpMyAdmin

Open up your WP database.

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

phpMyAdmin databases

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

Click on wp_users in the left-hand column …

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

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

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

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

You should see that the user name is now updated. However, your site will probably still display the previous “nickname” …

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

To change your “nickname”, access your Users screen and click on the Edit link below the username …

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To Another Username

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

How To Change Your WP Admin Username

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

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 WP Admin Username To A Different Username

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

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

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To A Different Username

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