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 better web security, avoid setting up WordPress sites with 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 WordPress websites.

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

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

Changing Your WP Admin User Name To Another Username

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

The default WordPress user name admin is not recommended, as it poses a security risk to your WordPress site …

Changing Your WP Admin Username

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

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

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

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

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

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username

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

What you will see in the Profile page, however, is that user names can’t be changed inside the backend admin section …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To Another Username

So, how do you modify a username?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

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

Click Add New to add a new user …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username

Next, create a better 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 WordPress Admin Username To A Different Username

You have now created a new admin user …

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

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

Log in with your new admin details …

Changing Your WP User Name From Admin To Another Username

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

How To Change Your WP Admin Username To A Different Username

Click on Users > All Users in the main menu …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

You can now delete your old user account …

Changing Your WP Admin User Name

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

How To Change Your WP Admin Username To Another Username

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

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

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 username 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 User Name Inside The WordPress Database

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

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

cPanel management application

Log into your server control panel …

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

cPanel administration area

Scroll down to the “Databases” section and open phpMyAdmin

How To Change Your WordPress User Name From Admin 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 that you choose the correct one …

How To Change Your WP Admin 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 …

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To A Different User Name

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

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

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress To Another Username

Log out of your server if you’re done and reopen the browser to your WordPress site. You may find that your session has expired. If so, log in again with your new Admin credentials …

Changing Your WP Admin User Name

You will see that the user name has been updated. However, your admin details will probably still display the previous “nickname” …

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To A Different Username

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

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To Another User Name

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username To Another User Name

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

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To Another Username

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 To A Different 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 user name and nickname …

How To Change Your WP Username From Admin To Another Username

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress To Another Username

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