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 How To Use WordPressFor increased WordPress site security, avoid setting up WordPress sites with the user name “admin”.

This is the default installation username for WordPress and one of the first things that hackers look for in the WordPress platform.

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how to change the admin user name in WordPress from ‘admin’ to a more secure username.

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username

Generally, in a new WordPress installation, the first registered user is also the administrator.

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

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

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

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

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress To A Different Username

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

Changing Your WP Admin User Name To Another User Name

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

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

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

You will see in the Profile page that you cannot change usernames from your site admin section …

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name

So, how can you edit the admin username?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

If your admin login is “admin,” here’s the easiest way to change your user name without accessing your server and doing technical changes to your WordPress database:

Click Add New to create a new user …

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name To Another Username

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

You have now created a new user with admin privileges …

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name To A Different User Name

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress To Another Username

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

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

Click on Users > All Users in your main menu …

Changing Your WordPress User Name From Admin To Another Username

Delete your old administrator account …

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

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

How To Change Your WP Admin Username

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 mostly designed for non-technical WordPress users, let’s go one step further and show you how to change a WordPress user name inside the WordPress database.

All you need is 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 Your User Name Inside The WordPress Database

In our example, the server uses cPanel …

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

cPanel

Log into your server admin account …

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

cPanel admin area

Find the “Databases” section and click on phpMyAdmin

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username To Another Username

phpMyAdmin

Click on your WordPress database.

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

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t be concerned about the complicated-looking screen.

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

How To Change Your WP Admin Username

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

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

Log out of your server when you’re done and return to your WordPress site. You may find that your session has expired. Log in again with your new administration credentials …

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

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

To change your “nickname”, go to your Users section and click on the Edit link below the username …

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

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

Changing 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 …

How To Change 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 user name and nickname …

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

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

Changing Your WP User Name From Admin To Another User Name

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