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 security purposes, avoid setting up a WordPress site using the username “admin”.

This is the default installation user name for WordPress and one of the leading causes of brute force attacks and security threats on the WordPress platform.

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

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to change your admin username in WordPress from ‘admin’ to a more secure username.

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

Generally, in a new WordPress site, the first user is usually the admin.

The default WordPress username admin is not recommended, as it puts your site at risk …

Changing Your WP Admin Username

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

There are several ways to access your “Profile” section inside your WP backend admin area:

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

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

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

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

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

What you will see in the Profile page, however, is that you can’t change your user name from the Dashboard …

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To Another Username

So, how can you edit a WordPress admin username?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

If your user name is “admin,” here’s the easiest way to change your username without accessing your server and modifying any files or your WordPress database:

First, let’s create a new user …

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username

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 Admin User Name In WordPress

Log in with your new admin details …

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

Select Users > All Users in your main menu …

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To A More Secure User Name

You can now delete your old administrator account …

How To Change Your WP Username From Admin To Another Username

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

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

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username To A More Secure 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 aimed for non-technical WordPress users, let’s go one step further and show you how to change your 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:

Changing A Username Inside The WordPress Database

In our example, we’ll be working with the cPanel management tool …

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

cPanel

Log into your server administration account …

Changing Your WordPress User Name From Admin To A Different Username

cPanel administration area

Navigate to the “Databases” section and open up phpMyAdmin

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

phpMyAdmin

Click on your WP database.

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

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

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t worry about the complicated-looking screen.

Click on wp_users

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

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

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

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

How To Change Your WP Admin Username

Log out of your server if you’re done and return to your WordPress site. You may find that your session is expired. If so, log in again with your new Admin login details …

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

You will see that your user name is now updated. However, your admin details will probably still display the old “nickname” …

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To A Different Username

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

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

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

How To Change Your WP Admin 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 dropdown menu …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name 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

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