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 reasons, avoid setting up sites using the user name “admin”.

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

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

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

By default, in a new WordPress site installation, the first registered user is also the site administrator.

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

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

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

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

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

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

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

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

Changing Your WP User Name From Admin To Another User Name

You can also go to your “Profile” screen by selecting Users > Your Profile from your Dashboard menu.

You will discover when you get into the Profile page that user names can’t be changed from the Dashboard …

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

So, how can you change this admin user name?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

If your WordPress user name is “admin,” here’s the easiest way to change the username without going into your server:

First, let’s create a new user …

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

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

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

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

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To A More Secure Username

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

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

Click on Users > All Users in the main menu …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

Delete the old user account …

Changing Your WordPress User Name From Admin To A Different Username

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin 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 mostly intended for non-technical WordPress users, let’s go one step further and show you how to change a user name inside the WordPress database.

All you need is 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:

How To Change A User Name Inside The WordPress Database

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

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

cPanel

Log into your server control panel …

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

cPanel admin area

Scroll down to the “Databases” section and open up phpMyAdmin

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name 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 you select the correct one …

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To A Different Username

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t be concerned about the complicated-looking screen.

Click on wp_users in the left-hand column …

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

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

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

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

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

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

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

To choose a new “nickname”, go to your Users section and click on the Edit link below the user name …

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress To Another Username

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

Changing Your WordPress User Name From Admin 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 …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

Changing Your WordPress User Name From Admin To Another Username

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

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To A More Secure Username

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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