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 security purposes, avoid installing a WordPress site using the user name “admin”.

This is the default installation user name for WordPress and one of the first vulnerable areas of website security hackers look for in the WordPress platform.

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name

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

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To A More Secure Username

By default, on all new WordPress website installations, the first registered user is usually the administrator.

The default WordPress user name admin is not recommended, as it could pose a security risk to your WordPress site …

Changing Your WP Admin User Name

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

There are several ways to access your “Profile” section and view your user name details inside your WordPress administration area:

Click on the Users > All Users page in your main menu …

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

Click 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 screen …

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

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

What you will discover when you get into your Profile page, however, is that your user name can’t be changed from your Dashboard …

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

So, how do you edit the admin 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 username without accessing your server:

First, create a new user …

Changing Your WP Admin User Name To Another Username

Next, create a different user name, and assign your new user the role of “Administrator”. Remember to save your changes to update your settings …

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

A new admin user should now be displaying …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username To Another Username

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

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

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

How To Change Your WP Admin Username

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

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

Click on Users > All Users in the main menu …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

Delete your old administrator account …

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

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name 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 really designed for non-technical WordPress users, let’s go one step further and show you how to change a user name inside the WordPress database.

All you need is admin 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:

Changing Your Username Inside The WordPress Database

For the example below, the server is using the cPanel management tool …

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

cPanel

Log into your server control panel …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username To Another User Name

cPanel administration area

Navigate to the “Databases” section and click on phpMyAdmin

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To Another User Name

phpMyAdmin

Click on your WP database.

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

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

phpMyAdmin databases

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

Click on wp_users

How To Change 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 …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username

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

Changing Your WP Admin User Name To A More Secure 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. If so, log in again with your new administration details …

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To A Different User Name

To edit your “nickname”, visit your Users area and click the Edit link below your username …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To A Different 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 Admin User Name In WordPress To A Different Username

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To A Different User Name

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

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

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