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 better WordPress site security, it’s safer to not create WordPress sites using the user name “admin”.

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

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

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress To Another User Name

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

Having the default WordPress username admin is not recommended, as it puts your website or blog at risk of being attacked by hackers or botnets …

How To Change Your WP Admin Username

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

There are a number of ways to view your username details after logging into your WP backend admin area:

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To Another User Name

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

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

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

You will discover when you get into your Profile area that you cannot change usernames inside your backend admin section …

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name To A Different User Name

So, how do you modify the username?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

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

Click Add New to create a new user …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username

You have now created a new admin user …

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

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

Changing Your WP Admin Username

Log in with your new admin details …

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

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress To Another Username

Select Users > All Users in your main menu …

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

Delete the old administrator account …

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

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

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

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress 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 intended for non-technical WordPress users, let’s go one step further and show you how to change your user name inside the WordPress database.

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

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:

Changing Your User Name Inside The WordPress Database

In the example below, we’ll be working with the cPanel management software …

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To A Different Username

cPanel

Log into your server control panel …

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

cPanel admin area

Find the “Databases” section and click on phpMyAdmin

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username

phpMyAdmin

Open up your WP database.

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

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

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t worry about the complicated screen.

Click on wp_users

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

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

Changing Your WordPress User Name From Admin To Another Username

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To A Different Username

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

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

To choose a new “nickname”, access your Users screen and click the Edit link below your username …

Changing Your WP Admin Username To A More Secure User Name

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

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name

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

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name 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 Username

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To Another Username

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