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 For BeginnersFor online security reasons, never create 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 on WordPress web sites.

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

In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to change the admin username in WordPress from ‘admin’ to a more secure username.

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name

Generally, on all new WordPress site installations, the first user is also the administrator.

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

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

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

There are a number of ways to access your “Profile” section after logging into your WP admin area:

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

Click either on the user name, or 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” drop-down menu near the top-right hand corner of your screen …

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

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

What you will discover when you get into your Profile area, however, is that you cannot change usernames from your Dashboard section …

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name To Another Username

So, how do you modify this username?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

If your admin login is “admin,” here’s the easiest way to change your username without going into your server:

Click Add New to create a new user …

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To Another Username

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

How To Change Your WP Admin Username

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

How To Change Your WP Admin Username

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username To A Different User Name

Select Users > All Users in the main menu …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

You can now delete your old user account …

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

Select 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 user account …

How To Change Your WP Admin Username

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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 designed for non-technical WordPress users, let’s go one step further and show you how to change a 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:

How To Change A Username Inside The WordPress Database

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username To A Different Username

cPanel management tool

Log into your server administration account …

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

cPanel admin area

Find the “Databases” section and open up phpMyAdmin

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

phpMyAdmin

Open up your WordPress database.

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

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

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t panic when you see the complicated screen.

Click on wp_users

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

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress To Another Username

Log out of your server when you’re done and return to your WordPress site. You will probably find that your session is expired. Log in again with your new Admin login details …

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

You will see that the username has been updated. However, it will probably still display the old “nickname” …

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

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

You can also get to the Profile section if you click on the Edit My Profile link in the “Howdy, User” panel …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username

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

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

Practical 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 To A Different Username

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

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

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress To Another User Name

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