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 WordPressFor online security reasons, avoid installing WordPress 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 a WordPress web site.

Changing Your WP Admin Username To A More Secure Username

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

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To A Different Username

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

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

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

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

There are a number of ways to access your “Profile” section after logging into WP:

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

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

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

You can also visit your “Profile” section by selecting Users > Your Profile from the admin sidebar menu.

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

So, how can you edit the username?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

If your admin login is “admin,” here’s the easiest way to change this without accessing your server and altering your WordPress database:

Click Add New to add a new user …

Changing Your WP Admin Username

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username

You have now created a new user with the role of admin …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To Another Username

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

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

Log in with your new admin details …

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

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

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

Click on Users > All Users in the main menu …

How To Change Your WP Admin Username To Another User Name

You can now delete the old administrator account …

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

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

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 A More Secure Username

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 really designed 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.

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 this example, the server uses the cPanel management software …

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

cPanel

Log into your server admin account …

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

cPanel administration area

Find the “Databases” section and open phpMyAdmin

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name

phpMyAdmin

Click on your WP database.

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

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

phpMyAdmin databases

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

Click on wp_users in the left-hand column …

Changing Your WP User Name From Admin To A Different Username

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To Another User Name

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

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

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

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To Another Username

You should see that your username is now updated. However, your admin details will probably still display the previous “nickname” …

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

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username

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

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name

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

How To Change Your WP Username From Admin To Another 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 …

Changing Your WordPress User Name From Admin To Another User Name

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name To Another User Name

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

Changing Your WP User Name From Admin To Another User Name

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