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 TutorialFor increased WordPress security, never set up sites using the user name “admin”.

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

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To A Different Username

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To Another Username

Normally, with a new WordPress website installation, the first registered user is usually the admin.

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

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To A Different User Name

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

There are a number of ways to access your “Profile” section and view your user name details after logging into your Dashboard area:

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

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To A More Secure Username

Click either on your user name, or 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” drop down menu near the top-right hand corner of your screen …

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

What you will discover in the Profile page, however, is that user names can’t be changed from the Dashboard section …

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

So, how can you edit this WordPress admin 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 going into your server and editing your server files or WordPress database:

First, let’s create a new user …

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To A Different User Name

A new admin user should now display in the Users area …

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

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

Log in with your new admin details …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To Another Username

Select Users > All Users in the main menu …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

Delete your old administrator account …

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

Choose 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 admin account …

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

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

Changing Your WP User Name From Admin To A Different 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

Important

Although this tutorial is mostly intended for non-technical WordPress users, let’s go one step further and show you how to change a WordPress user name inside the WordPress database.

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

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 Username Inside The WordPress Database

In the example below, the server uses cPanel …

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

cPanel

Log into your server control panel …

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name

cPanel admin area

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

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

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t worry about the complicated-looking information on your screen screen.

Click on wp_users

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username To A Different Username

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin 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 credentials …

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To A Different User Name

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress To Another User Name

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

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

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

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

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 User Name From Admin To Another Username

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

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

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

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

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