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 online security purposes, avoid creating sites with 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 Admin Username In WordPress

In this tutorial for non-technical WordPress users, you will learn how to change your WordPress admin user name from ‘admin’ to a more secure user name.

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

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

Having the default WordPress username admin is not recommended, as it could pose a security risk to your WordPress site …

Changing Your WP User Name From Admin To Another Username

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

There are several ways to view your username details after logging into your admin area:

Click on the Users > All Users section in the main menu …

Changing Your WP Admin User Name

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

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

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

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

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

What you will see when you get into your Profile area, however, is that usernames cannot be changed inside the Dashboard …

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

So, how do you edit this user name?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

If your admin login is “admin,” here’s the easiest way to change the user name without going into your server:

First, let’s create a new user …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To Another Username

Next, create a more secure user name, and assign the new user the role of “Administrator”. Save your changes to update your settings …

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name

You have now added a new user with admin privileges …

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

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

Log in with your new admin details …

Changing Your WP Admin Username To Another Username

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

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

Click on Users > All Users in the main menu …

Changing Your WP Admin Username To A Different User Name

You can now delete the old user account …

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To A More Secure User Name

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

Changing Your Admin Username 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 mostly aimed 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.

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 Your User Name Inside The WordPress Database

For the example below, we’ll be working with cPanel …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

cPanel management application

Log into your server administration account …

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

cPanel administration area

Find the “Databases” section and open phpMyAdmin

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

phpMyAdmin

Click on your WordPress database.

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

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

phpMyAdmin databases

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

Click on wp_users

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

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To A Different Username

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

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name

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

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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 dropdown menu …

Changing Your WP User Name From Admin To Another Username

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To Another Username

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress To A Different Username

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

How To Change Your WordPress Username From Admin To Another Username

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