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 …

WP For BeginnersFor security purposes, never create a WordPress site using the username “admin”.

This is the default installation username for WordPress and one of the leading causes of brute force attacks and security threats on WordPress web sites.

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

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

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

Generally, with all new WordPress site installations, the first registered user is the admin.

Having the default WordPress user name admin is not recommended, as it can out your WordPress site at risk of being hacked …

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

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

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

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

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

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress To Another Username

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To Another User Name

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

What you will discover when you get into your Profile page, however, is that your username cannot be changed inside the Dashboard section …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username

So, how do you edit your user name?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

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

Click Add New to create a new user …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

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

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

You have now added a new user with the role of admin …

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name To A Different User Name

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

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

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

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To Another Username

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

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To A Different Username

Click on Users > All Users in your main menu …

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To Another User Name

Delete your old user account …

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

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

Changing Your WP Admin User Name

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

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name 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

Info

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.

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:

How To Change Your Username Inside The WordPress Database

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

cPanel management tool

Log into your server admin area …

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

cPanel admin area

Navigate to the “Databases” section and click on phpMyAdmin

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

phpMyAdmin

Click on your WordPress database.

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

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To Another Username

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t worry about the complicated screen.

Click on wp_users

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name To A Different Username

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

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

Log out of your server when you’re done and return to your WordPress site. You will probably find that your session is expired. Log in again with your new administration details …

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name

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

How To Change Your WP Admin Username To A Different Username

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username

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

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

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

Changing Your Admin User Name 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 …

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

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To Another Username

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

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

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