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 WordPressFor online security purposes, avoid creating a WordPress site with the username “admin”.

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username

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

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

By default, in a new WordPress site installation, the first user is usually the administrator.

The default WordPress username admin is not recommended, as it can out your WordPress site at risk of being hacked …

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To A More Secure Username

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

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

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

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

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

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name

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

You will see when you get into the Profile page that user names cannot be changed from the Dashboard …

Changing Your WP User Name From Admin To Another Username

So, how can you edit this WordPress admin user name?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

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

First, let’s create a new user …

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

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

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To A More Secure Username

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

Select Users > All Users in the main menu …

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

Delete your old administrator account …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To A More Secure 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

Important

Although this tutorial is really designed for non-technical WordPress users, let’s go one step further and show you how to change your WordPress user name inside the WordPress database.

All you need is access to your server.

Useful 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 User Name Inside The WordPress Database

For the example below, we’ll be working with cPanel …

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To A More Secure Username

cPanel management application

Log into your server administration area …

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

cPanel administration area

Find the “Databases” section and click on phpMyAdmin

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To Another User Name

phpMyAdmin

Click on your WP database.

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

phpMyAdmin databases

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

Click on wp_users in the left-hand column …

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To Another Username

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To Another User Name

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name

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

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name

To change your “nickname”, access your Users area and click the Edit link below your user name …

How To Change 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” panel …

How To Change Your WP Admin Username

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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 Admin User Name

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To A More Secure Username

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

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

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

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

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