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 For BeginnersFor security reasons, avoid setting up sites using the username “admin”.

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

Changing Your WP Admin User Name

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

Generally, with all new WordPress sites, the first user is usually the administrator.

The default WordPress user name admin is not recommended, as it puts your site at risk of being hacked …

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

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

There are a number of ways to view your username details after logging into WordPress:

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name To Another Username

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

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

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

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

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

What you will discover in the Profile page, however, is that you can’t change your user name inside your Dashboard …

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

So, how do you edit your WordPress admin 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:

Click Add New to add a new user …

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username

You will now have a new admin user with a new user name, plus the original username (i.e. “admin”) …

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

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To Another User Name

Log in with your new admin details …

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

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

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

Click on Users > All Users in the main menu …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To A Different Username

Delete the old user account …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

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

Changing Your WP Admin 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 mostly aimed for non-technical WordPress users, let’s go one step further and show you how to change a WordPress username inside the WordPress database.

All you need is 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:

How To Change A Username Inside The WordPress Database

For this example, the server uses the cPanel management software …

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

cPanel management software

Log into your server control panel …

How To Change Your WP Admin Username

cPanel administration area

Scroll down to the “Databases” section and open phpMyAdmin

Changing Your WP Admin Username To A Different Username

phpMyAdmin

Open up your WordPress database.

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress To Another Username

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t be concerned about the complicated screen.

Click on wp_users

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To A More Secure User Name

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

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

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

How To Change 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. If so, log in again with your new administration login details …

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

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

How To Change Your WP Admin Username To Another Username

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

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

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username To Another Username

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name To A Different User Name

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 …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

Changing Your WP Admin Username

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To A More Secure Username

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username To A More Secure Username

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