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 better WordPress security, don’t set up WordPress sites using the user name “admin”.

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

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

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

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

Generally, with a new WordPress site, the first user is also the website administrator.

The default WordPress username admin is not recommended, as it can pose a security risk to your WordPress site …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

There are several ways to access your “Profile” section and view your user name details after logging into your admin area:

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

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

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

Changing Your WP Admin User Name

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

You can also go to your “Profile” screen by selecting Users > Your Profile from your Dashboard side menu.

What you will discover when you get into your Profile page, however, is that you cannot change usernames inside the Dashboard …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username

So, how do you edit the admin user name?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

If your user name is “admin,” here’s the easiest way to change the username without accessing your server and altering any files or your WordPress database:

First, let’s create a new user …

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

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username

You have now added a new admin user …

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

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

Changing Your WP User Name From Admin To A Different Username

Log in with your new admin details …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

Click on Users > All Users in the main menu …

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

You can now delete the old user account …

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To Another User Name

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To Another 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 designed for non-technical WordPress users, let’s go one step further and show you how to change a WordPress username inside the WordPress database.

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

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:

How To Change Your User Name Inside The WordPress Database

For the example below, the server uses cPanel …

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

cPanel

Log into your server control panel …

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

cPanel admin area

Find the “Databases” section and click on phpMyAdmin

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To A Different User Name

phpMyAdmin

Click on your WP database.

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t panic when you see the complicated-looking screen.

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

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name To Another Username

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

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

Log out of your server if you’re finished and reopen the browser to your WordPress site. You may find that your session has expired. If so, log in again with your new Admin username and password …

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress To Another Username

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

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

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

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To Another Username

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

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

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 Admin Username In WordPress

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

Changing Your WP Admin User Name

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

Changing Your WP Admin User Name To Another User Name

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username To Another User Name

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