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 install WordPress sites with the user name “admin”.

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username To Another Username

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

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

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

The default WordPress username admin is not recommended, as it can out your site at risk of being attacked by hackers and bots …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You will see when you get into the Profile area that your username can’t be changed inside your Dashboard …

Changing Your WP User Name From Admin To Another User Name

So, how can you change a WordPress admin 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 this without going into your server:

Click Add New to create a new user …

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

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

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

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

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

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

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

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

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

Select Users > All Users in the main menu …

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

You can now delete the old user account …

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

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

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

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

How To Change Your WP Admin 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 designed 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.

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To Another Username

cPanel

Log into your server administration account …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

cPanel administration area

Find the “Databases” section and open up phpMyAdmin

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

phpMyAdmin

Click on your WordPress database.

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

How To Change Your WP Username From Admin To Another Username

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t panic when you see the technical-looking nature of the information on your screen.

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

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To A Different User Name

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

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

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

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

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

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

You should see that the user name is now updated. However, it will probably still be displaying the old “nickname” …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To Another Username

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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 dropdown menu …

Changing Your WP Admin Username To A Different Username

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To A More Secure Username

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username To Another User Name

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