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 web security, it’s best to not install WordPress sites with 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.

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

Normally, in a new WordPress installation, the first user is usually the admin.

The default WordPress user name admin is not recommended, as it can pose a security risk to your WordPress site …

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name

Let’s change your WordPress admin username from ‘admin’ to a more secure username.

There are several ways to access your “Profile” section after logging into WordPress:

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

How To Change Your WP Admin Username

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

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To Another User Name

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 Admin Username In WordPress

You can also visit your “Profile” page by selecting Users > Your Profile from your admin sidebar menu.

You will see when you get into your Profile area that you cannot change your username inside your administration section …

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

So, how do you change this 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 username without going into your server:

First, create a new user …

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

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

Changing Your WP Admin User Name

You have now added a new user with the role of admin …

Changing Your WP Admin Username To A More Secure User Name

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

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

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 WordPress User Name From Admin To Another User Name

Select Users > All Users in your main menu …

How To Change Your WP Admin Username

Delete your old administrator account …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

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 WordPress user name inside the WordPress database.

All you need is access to your server’s control panel.

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 Username Inside The WordPress Database

For the example below, the server is using cPanel …

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

cPanel

Log into your server control panel …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

cPanel administration area

Navigate to the “Databases” section and open up phpMyAdmin

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

phpMyAdmin

Open up your WP database.

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

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

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t panic when you see the technical-looking nature of the information on your screen.

Click on wp_users

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To Another User Name

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

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name To Another Username

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

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

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

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

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

Select a new name to display publicly from the dropdown menu …

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

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

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

How To Change Your WordPress Username From Admin To Another 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 the WordPress admin username on your website or blog.

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

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