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 WPFor improved online security, never create WordPress sites using the username “admin”.

This is the default installation username for WordPress and one of the leading causes of brute force attacks on a WordPress website.

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

In this tutorial, you will learn how to change the admin user name in WordPress from ‘admin’ to a more secure user name.

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

Normally, on a new WordPress site installation, the first user is also the site administrator.

The default WordPress user name admin is not recommended, as it can out your website or blog at risk of being hacked …

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

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

There are a number of ways to view your username details inside your WordPress administration area:

Select the Users > All Users screen in the main menu …

Changing Your WP Admin User Name

Click on your 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 To Another User Name

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

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

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

You will discover in the Profile page that you can’t change usernames from your Dashboard …

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

So, how can you edit this username?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

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

First, create a new user …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To A Different Username

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

Changing Your WP Admin User Name To A More Secure Username

You have now created a new admin user …

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To A More Secure Username

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

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

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

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

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

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

Select Users > All Users in the main menu …

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

Delete the old user account …

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name To A More Secure Username

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

How To Change Your WordPress User Name From Admin To Another 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 really aimed for non-technical WordPress users, let’s go one step further and show you how to change a WordPress username inside the WordPress database.

All you need is admin access to your server.

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:

Changing Your Username Inside The WordPress Database

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

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

cPanel management software

Log into your server admin account …

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

cPanel admin area

Find the “Databases” section and open up phpMyAdmin

Changing Your WordPress Admin 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 …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To A More Secure Username

phpMyAdmin databases

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

Click on wp_users in the left-hand column …

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

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

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

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

How To Change Your WP Admin Username To A Different Username

Log out of your server when you’re done and reopen the browser to your WordPress site. You will probably find that your session has expired. Log in again with your new Admin login credentials …

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

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username To Another User Name

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

How To Change Your WP Admin Username

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

How To Change Your WP Admin Username To Another 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 …

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

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

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

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

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To A More Secure Username

Congratulations! Now you know how to change your WordPress admin username on your website.

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

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