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 …

WordPress For BeginnersFor security purposes, it’s safer to not set up a WordPress site with the user name “admin”.

This is the default installation username for WordPress and one of the first areas of potential vulnerabilities that hackers look for in the WordPress platform.

Changing Your WordPress User Name From Admin To A Different Username

In this step-by-step tutorial for non-technical users, we’ll show you how to change your WordPress admin username to a more secure username.

Changing Your WP Admin Username

Generally, with a new WordPress site installation, the first registered user is also the admin.

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

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

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

There are several ways to access your “Profile” section and view your user name details after logging into your Dashboard area:

Select the Users > All Users page in the main menu …

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

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To A Different Username

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name

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

You will see when you get into your Profile page that you cannot change your user name from your Dashboard section …

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

So, how can you change this WordPress admin username?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

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

Click Add New to add a new user …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

A new admin user should now display in the Users section …

Changing Your WordPress User Name From Admin To Another User Name

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

Log in with your new admin details …

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

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

Select Users > All Users in your main menu …

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

Delete the old administrator account …

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

Select the option to attribute 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 WP User Name From Admin To A Different Username

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 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 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.

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 Username Inside The WordPress Database

For the example below, the server is using cPanel …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username

cPanel management tool

Log into your server control panel …

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

cPanel admin area

Navigate to the “Databases” section and open up phpMyAdmin

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

phpMyAdmin

Click on your WordPress database.

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress To Another Username

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t be concerned about the complicated screen.

Click on wp_users in the left-hand column …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name

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

How To Change Your WordPress Username From Admin To Another Username

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

You will see that your user name is now updated. However, your admin details will probably still be displaying the previous “nickname” …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To A Different User Name

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

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

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

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

Changing Your WP Admin User Name To A Different Username

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

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

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

Changing Your WordPress User Name From Admin To Another Username

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