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 WPFor better online security, you should never set up WordPress sites using the username “admin”.

This is the default installation username for WordPress and one of the first things that hackers look for in the WordPress CMS.

Changing Your WP Admin Username

In this tutorial for non-technical WordPress users, we’ll show you how to change the WordPress admin user name from ‘admin’ to a more secure user name.

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

By default, on all new WordPress sites, the first registered user is the admin of the website or blog.

The default WordPress username admin is not recommended, as it can out your website or blog at risk of being attacked by hackers or bots …

How To Change Your WP Admin Username To A Different Username

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

There are a number of ways to access your “Profile” section inside WP:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username To A Different Username

So, how can you change the username?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

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

Click Add New to create a new user …

How To Change Your WP Admin Username

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

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

A new admin user should now be displaying …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

Changing Your WP Admin User Name To A Different Username

Log in with your new admin details …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username

Select Users > All Users in your main menu …

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

You can now delete the old user account …

Changing Your WP Admin Username To Another Username

Select 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 user account …

How To Change Your WP Admin Username

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin 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

Info

Although this tutorial is really aimed for non-technical WordPress users, let’s go one step further and show you how to change your username inside the WordPress database.

All you need is access to your server’s control panel.

Useful 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 User Name Inside The WordPress Database

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

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

cPanel management software

Log into your server admin account …

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

cPanel administration area

Navigate to the “Databases” section and open up phpMyAdmin

How To Change Your WP Admin Username

phpMyAdmin

Open up your WordPress database.

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

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

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t worry about the complicated-looking screen.

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

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

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

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

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

Log out of your server if you’re done and reopen the browser to your WordPress site. You will probably find that your session has expired. If so, log in again with your new administration user name and password …

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

You should see that the username has been updated. However, your site will probably still display the previous “nickname” …

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

To choose a new “nickname”, access your Users section and click the Edit link below the username …

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

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

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

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username

Useful 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 WordPress Admin Username

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

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

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

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

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

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

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