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 …

WordPress TutorialFor better security, avoid setting up a WordPress site using the username “admin”.

This is the default installation user name for WordPress and one of the leading causes of brute force attacks and security threats on a WordPress website or blog.

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To A Different Username

Generally, on all new WordPress sites, the first user is the administrator.

The default WordPress user name admin is not recommended, as it puts your WordPress site at risk …

Changing Your WP Admin Username

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

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To A Different User Name

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

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

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

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To A Different Username

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

You will see when you get into the Profile page that you cannot change user names from the Dashboard …

Changing Your WP Admin User Name To Another User Name

So, how can you change this username?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

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

First, create a new user …

Changing Your WP Admin User Name To Another User Name

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

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To A Different Username

You have now created a new admin user …

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

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

Log in with your new admin details …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To Another Username

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name To A Different User Name

Select Users > All Users in your main menu …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

Delete your old user account …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

Changing Your WP Admin User Name

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

Changing 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 designed for non-technical WordPress users, let’s go one step further and show you how to change a username 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:

How To Change A User Name Inside The WordPress Database

In this example, the server is using the cPanel management tool …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

cPanel management software

Log into your server control panel …

How To Change Your WordPress Username From Admin To Another Username

cPanel admin area

Navigate to the “Databases” section and open up phpMyAdmin

Changing Your WP Admin Username To Another User Name

phpMyAdmin

Click on your WP database.

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To Another User Name

phpMyAdmin databases

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

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username To A More Secure User Name

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

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

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

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

You should see that your user name has been updated. However, your admin details will probably still display the previous “nickname” …

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

To change your “nickname”, open your Users section and click on the Edit link below your user name …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

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

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

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

Practical 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 WordPress Admin Username

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

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

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

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

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

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name

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