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 …

WP For BeginnersFor increased web security, avoid creating 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 in WordPress websites and blogs.

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

Typically, in a new WordPress site, the first registered user is also the website administrator.

Having the default WordPress user name admin is not recommended, as it can out your WordPress site at risk of being attacked by hackers and botnets …

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

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

There are a number of ways to view your user name details inside your Dashboard area:

Click on the Users > All Users section in the main menu …

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

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

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name

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

You will see in the Profile area that you cannot change your user name inside the Dashboard …

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name

So, how do you change your username?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

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

First, create a new user …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username

Next, create a new username, and assign this new user account the role of “Administrator”. Save your changes to update your settings …

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

A new admin user should now display in the Users screen …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

Changing Your WP Admin Username

Log in with your new admin details …

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

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

How To Change Your WP Username From Admin To Another Username

Click on Users > All Users in the main menu …

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

You can now delete the old user account …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress To A Different Username

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

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

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

How To Change Your Admin Username 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

Important

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

All you need is access to your server.

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 Username Inside The WordPress Database

In the example below, the server uses the cPanel management tool …

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

cPanel management application

Log into your server control panel …

Changing Your WP Admin Username To Another Username

cPanel administration area

Navigate to the “Databases” section and click on phpMyAdmin

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

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 …

Changing Your WP User Name From Admin To A Different Username

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t panic when you see the complicated screen.

Click on wp_users

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To Another User Name

Log out of your server if you’re done and go back to your WordPress site. You may find that your session is expired. If so, log in again with your new Admin details …

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

You will see that your username is now updated. However, it will probably still be displaying the previous “nickname” …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username

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

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

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

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

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

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

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

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

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