WP TutorialFor improved web security, avoid installing a WordPress site with the username “admin”.

This is the default installation username for WordPress and one of the first things hackers look for when attempting to break into the WordPress platform.

Changing Your WP Admin Username

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username To Another Username

Typically, with a new WordPress website installation, the first registered user is also the website administrator.

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

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

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

There are several ways to view your user name details after logging into your site admin area:

Select the Users > All Users page in your main menu …

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To A More Secure Username

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username To A More Secure Username

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

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

Changing Your WP Admin User Name To Another Username

So, how do you change your admin username?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

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

Click Add New to create a new user …

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

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 …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username

You have now added a new admin user …

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

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

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

How To Change Your WP User Name From Admin To Another 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 your main menu …

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name

Delete the old administrator account …

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To Another 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 …

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name To A Different User Name

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

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

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 user name inside the WordPress database.

All you need is 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

For our example, we’ll be working with cPanel …

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name

cPanel

Log into your server control panel …

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

cPanel administration area

Navigate to the “Databases” section and open up phpMyAdmin

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To Another User Name

phpMyAdmin

Open up your WordPress database.

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

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

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t worry about the complicated screen.

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

Changing Your WordPress User Name From Admin To Another User Name

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

Log out of your server when you’re done and go back to your WordPress site. You will probably find that your session has expired. Log in again with your new administration username and password …

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

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

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

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To Another Username

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

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

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name To A More Secure 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 …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To Another User Name

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

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

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