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 …

WP TutorialFor improved website security, avoid installing a WordPress site 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 website or blog.

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To A More Secure Username

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

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

Typically, in all new WordPress installations, the first registered user is also the administrator.

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To A More Secure Username

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

There are a number of ways to access your “Profile” section and view your username details inside your admin area:

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

Changing Your WP Admin User Name To A Different Username

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

Changing Your WP User Name From Admin To Another User Name

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name

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

What you will discover when you get into the Profile page, however, is that your user name cannot be changed from the Dashboard …

Changing Your WordPress User Name From Admin To Another User Name

So, how can you modify the username?

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 editing your server files or WordPress database:

Click Add New to create a new user …

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

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress To Another Username

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name To A Different User Name

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

Changing Your WP Username 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 More Secure Username

You can now delete your old administrator account …

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To A Different Username

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

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

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

How To Change 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 really designed 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.

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 Username Inside The WordPress Database

In the example below, the server is using the cPanel management application …

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name

cPanel

Log into your server control panel …

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

cPanel administration area

Scroll down to the “Databases” section and open up phpMyAdmin

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

phpMyAdmin

Click on your WP database.

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t panic when you see the complicated-looking information on your screen screen.

Click on wp_users in the left-hand column …

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 username just double-click on this text you want to change …

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To A Different Username

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

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

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

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

You should see that your user name has been updated. However, your admin details will probably still display the old “nickname” …

Changing Your WP Admin Username To Another Username

To choose a new “nickname”, access your Users screen and click on the Edit link below your username …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name

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

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name

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 WP Admin User Name To A More Secure Username

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username

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

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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