Learn How To Use WPFor security purposes, avoid setting up a WordPress site using the username “admin”.

This is the default installation user name for WordPress and one of the first vulnerable areas of website security that hackers will test with WordPress websites and blogs.

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress To Another Username

In this tutorial for non-technical users, you will learn how to change the admin user name in WordPress to a more secure user name.

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

By default, in a new WordPress site, the first user is usually the administrator.

Having the default WordPress username admin is not recommended, as it could pose a security risk to your WordPress site …

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To Another Username

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

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To Another Username

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

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

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

What you will see in the Profile page, however, is that your username can’t be changed from your Dashboard …

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

So, how can you modify this 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 this without going into your server and doing technical stuff:

Click Add New to create a new user …

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

You have now created a new user with admin privileges …

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

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

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 username details displayed in the “Howdy, User” screen …

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

Select Users > All Users in your main menu …

Changing Your WP Admin User Name To Another Username

You can now delete your old user account …

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

Changing 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 user name …

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

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 WordPress username 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, we’ll be working with the cPanel management software …

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

cPanel

Log into your server administration account …

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

cPanel admin area

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

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

phpMyAdmin

Click on your WP database.

Note: If you have multiple databases set up on your domain, make sure you select the correct one …

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

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t worry about the complicated screen.

Click on wp_users in the left-hand column …

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To A More Secure User Name

Log out of your server if you’re finished and reopen the browser 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 User Name In WordPress

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

To change your “nickname”, open your Users screen and click on the Edit link below the user name …

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

How To Change 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 dropdown menu …

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

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

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

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

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username

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