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 online security purposes, don’t install a WordPress site using the username “admin”.

This is the default installation username for WordPress and one of the first vulnerable areas of website security hackers look for in a WordPress website.

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

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

The default WordPress username admin is not recommended, as it creates a security risk to your WordPress site …

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

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

There are several ways to access your “Profile” section and view your username details after logging into WP:

Click on the Users > All Users section in your main menu …

How To Change Your WP Admin Username To A Different Username

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To A Different User Name

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

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To A More Secure Username

You can also access your “Profile” page by selecting Users > Your Profile from the main menu.

You will see when you get into your Profile page that you can’t change user names from your Dashboard …

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

So, how can you edit this admin user name?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

If your WordPress username is “admin,” here’s the easiest way to change this without accessing your server and doing technical stuff:

Click Add New to add a new user …

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To A More Secure User Name

Next, create a different user name, and assign this new user account the role of “Administrator”. Save your changes to update your settings …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

A new admin user should now be displaying …

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

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To A Different Username

Log in with your new admin details …

How To Change Your WP 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 WordPress Username From Admin To A Different Username

Select Users > All Users in the main menu …

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

Delete your old user account …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username To Another User Name

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

How To Change Your WordPress Username From Admin 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 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

Info

Although this tutorial is really intended 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 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:

How To Change Your User Name Inside The WordPress Database

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

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

cPanel management application

Log into your server admin area …

Changing Your WP Admin Username

cPanel admin area

Scroll down to the “Databases” section and open phpMyAdmin

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

phpMyAdmin

Open up your WordPress database.

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

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

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t be concerned about the technical-looking nature of the information on your screen.

Click on wp_users in the “Table” column on the left-hand side …

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

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

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To A Different User Name

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

Changing Your WP Admin User Name

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To A Different Username

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username

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 Admin User Name In WordPress To Another Username

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

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

Practical 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 Admin User Name In WordPress To A More Secure User Name

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

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

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

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

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Author: Martin Aranovitch

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