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 …

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WP TutorialFor improved online security, avoid setting up a WordPress site using the user name “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 web site.

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To A Different User Name

In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to change the admin username in WordPress from ‘admin’ to a more secure username.

Changing Your WP Admin Username

By default, on a new WordPress website installation, the first registered user is usually the admin of the website.

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username

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

There are a number of ways to view your username details after logging into your WP site admin area:

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

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

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

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name To A Different Username

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

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

Changing Your WP Admin User Name To A Different User Name

So, how can you change a admin user name?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

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

Click Add New to add a new user …

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

You have now created a new user with admin privileges …

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

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

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

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

Changing Your WordPress User Name From Admin To Another User Name

Select Users > All Users in the main menu …

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

Delete the old administrator account …

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

How To Change Your WP Username From Admin To A Different 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 your WordPress username inside the WordPress database.

All you need is access to your server.

Practical 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 the example below, we’ll be working with the cPanel management tool …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username

cPanel

Log into your server administration area …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress To A Different Username

cPanel admin area

Navigate to the “Databases” section and click on phpMyAdmin

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

phpMyAdmin

Open up your WordPress database.

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To Another Username

phpMyAdmin databases

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

Click on wp_users in the left-hand column …

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

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

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

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

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

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

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

To choose a new “nickname”, access your Users area and click on the Edit link below the user name …

How To Change Your WP Admin Username To Another User Name

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

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

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress To A Different 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 drop down menu …

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

Changing Your WP Admin Username

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

Changing Your WP Admin User Name

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

Changing Your WP Admin User Name

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