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 WordPressFor improved web security, avoid creating sites using the user name “admin”.

This is the default installation user name for WordPress and one of the first things hackers look for when attempting to break into WordPress web sites.

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

In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how to change the WordPress admin username from ‘admin’ to a more secure user name.

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To A Different Username

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

The default WordPress username admin is not recommended, as it puts your blog at risk of being hacked …

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

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

There are several ways to access your “Profile” section after logging into your admin area:

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To Another User Name

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To A More Secure Username

You can also visit your “Profile” area by selecting Users > Your Profile from the admin menu.

You will discover when you get into the Profile area that you can’t change your user name from the Dashboard …

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To A Different Username

So, how can you modify 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 your user name without accessing your server:

Click Add New to create a new user …

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

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

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

You should now see a new admin user with a new username, plus the original user name (i.e. “admin”) …

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

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

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

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 username details in the “Howdy, User” panel …

Changing Your WP Admin Username

Click on Users > All Users in your main menu …

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

You can now delete the old user account …

Changing Your WordPress User Name From Admin To Another Username

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

Changing Your WordPress User Name From Admin To Another User Name

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

How To Change Your Admin User Name 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

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 user name 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:

How To Change A User Name Inside The WordPress Database

For this example, the server is using cPanel …

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To Another User Name

cPanel

Log into your server admin area …

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

cPanel admin area

Navigate to the “Databases” section and open up phpMyAdmin

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name To Another Username

phpMyAdmin

Open up your WP database.

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t worry about the technical-looking nature of the information on your screen.

Click on wp_users in the left-hand column …

Changing Your WP Admin Username

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

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To A Different Username

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

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To A Different Username

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 details …

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

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

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

To edit your “nickname”, go to your Users area and click the Edit link below your user name …

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

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

How To Change Your WP Admin Username

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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 Admin User Name In WordPress To A Different User Name

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name

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

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

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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