Learn WPFor web security reasons, avoid installing sites using the username “admin”.

This is the default installation username for WordPress and one of the leading causes of brute force attacks and security threats on WordPress.

Changing Your WP User Name From Admin To Another Username

In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how to change your WordPress admin username to a more secure username.

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To A Different Username

Normally, in all new WordPress sites, the first user is usually the administrator.

Having the default WordPress username admin is not recommended, as it can out your WordPress site at risk …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

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

There are several ways to access your “Profile” section and view your username details after logging into WP:

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can also visit your “Profile” screen by selecting Users > Your Profile from your main menu.

What you will discover when you get into the Profile area, however, is that your user name cannot be changed inside your backend admin section …

How To Change Your WordPress Username From Admin To Another Username

So, how can you change this user name?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

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

Click Add New to create a new user …

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To Another Username

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

You will now see a new admin user with a new username, as well as your original username (i.e. “admin”) …

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To Another Username

Log in with your new admin details …

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To A Different Username

Select Users > All Users in the main menu …

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name

You can now delete your old administrator account …

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress 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 mostly aimed for non-technical WordPress users, let’s go one step further and show you how to change a WordPress 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 Your User Name Inside The WordPress Database

In the example below, the server is using cPanel …

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

cPanel

Log into your server control panel …

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

cPanel administration area

Scroll down to the “Databases” section and click on phpMyAdmin

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

phpMyAdmin

Click on your WordPress database.

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

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

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t be concerned about the complicated-looking screen.

Click on wp_users

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

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

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To A Different User Name

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

Log out of your server if 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 Admin user name and password …

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

You will see that your username is now updated. However, your admin details will probably still display the previous “nickname” …

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To A Different User Name

To choose a new “nickname”, open your Users area and click on the Edit link below the user name …

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

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

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

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

Changing Your WordPress User Name From Admin To Another 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 dropdown menu …

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

Changing Your WP Admin Username To A More Secure User Name

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

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

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

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