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 …

WordPress TutorialFor security purposes, don’t create sites using the user name “admin”.

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

How To Change Your WP Admin Username To Another Username

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

Typically, with all new WordPress installations, the first user is usually the administrator.

Having the default WordPress username admin is not recommended, as it puts your blog at risk of being attacked by hackers or bots …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username

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

There are a number of ways to access your “Profile” section inside WP:

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

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To A Different Username

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

You will discover in the Profile area that you cannot change usernames inside the Dashboard …

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name

So, how do you edit this admin username?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

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

Click Add New to create a new user …

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username

A new admin user should now be displaying …

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To Another Username

Select Users > All Users in the main menu …

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To A Different User Name

Delete your old user account …

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

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

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin 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

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 username inside the WordPress database.

All you need is admin access to your server.

Useful 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 Username Inside The WordPress Database

In our example, we’ll be working with the cPanel management application …

Changing Your WP Admin User Name

cPanel management application

Log into your server admin account …

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

cPanel admin area

Scroll down to the “Databases” section and open 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 that you select the right one …

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

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t worry about the complicated-looking information on your screen screen.

Click on wp_users in the left-hand column …

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

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

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

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

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

Log out of your server if you’re finished and reopen the browser to your WordPress site. You may find that your session is expired. Log in again with your new administration user name and password …

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

You should see that the user name is now updated. However, your admin details will probably still be displaying the old “nickname” …

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To A Different Username

To edit your “nickname”, open your Users section and click the Edit link below the user name …

Changing Your WP Admin User Name

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

Select a new name to display publicly from the dropdown menu …

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To Another 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 dropdown menu …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress To Another User Name

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

Changing Your WordPress User Name From Admin To Another User Name

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

Changing Your WP User Name From Admin To Another User Name

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