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 …

Learn WordPressFor web security purposes, 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 when attempting to break into WordPress.

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress To Another User Name

In this tutorial for non-technical WordPress users, you will learn how to change the admin username in WordPress from ‘admin’ to a more secure username.

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To Another User Name

Normally, with all new WordPress sites, the first user is also the admin of the site.

The default WordPress username admin is not recommended, as it can out your WordPress site at risk of being attacked by hackers or bots …

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

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

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

Select the Users > All Users section in your main menu …

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name To Another Username

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

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username To Another Username

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

What you will see when you get into the Profile page, however, is that you can’t change your user name from your Dashboard …

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

So, how do you modify a admin username?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

If your WordPress admin login is “admin,” here’s the easiest way to change your username without accessing your server and modifying your WordPress database:

Click Add New to add a new user …

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

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

How To Change Your WP Username From Admin To Another Username

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

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

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To Another User Name

Log in with your new admin details …

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

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

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

Select Users > All Users in your main menu …

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

Delete the old administrator account …

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

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

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

Important

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 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:

Changing A User Name Inside The WordPress Database

For our example, we’ll be working with cPanel …

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

cPanel management application

Log into your server control panel …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

cPanel administration area

Scroll down to the “Databases” section and open phpMyAdmin

How To Change Your WordPress Username From Admin To Another Username

phpMyAdmin

Click on your WP 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

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t be concerned about the complicated screen.

Click on wp_users in the “Table” column on the left-hand side …

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

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

How To Change Your WordPress 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 your new user name …

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

Log out of your server if you’re finished and return to your WordPress site. You may find that your session is expired. If so, log in again with your new administration login details …

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

You will see that the user name has been updated. However, it will probably still display the previous “nickname” …

Changing Your WP User Name From Admin To Another User Name

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username To Another User Name

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To A More Secure Username

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

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name To A Different 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 drop-down menu …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

Changing Your WP User Name From Admin To A Different 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 the WordPress admin user name on your website.

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

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