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 online security, avoid creating sites using the username “admin”.

This is the default installation user name 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 Another User Name

In this tutorial for non-technical WordPress users, you will learn how to change your WordPress admin username from ‘admin’ to a more secure username.

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

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

The default WordPress user name admin is not recommended, as it puts your site at risk of being hacked …

Changing Your WP Admin User Name

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

There are a number of ways to view your user name details inside your WP administration area:

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress To A Different Username

You can also go to your “Profile” area by selecting Users > Your Profile from the main menu.

You will see when you get into your Profile area that you cannot change user names from the Dashboard …

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

So, how can you modify your username?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

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

Click Add New to add a new user …

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

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

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

You have now added a new admin user …

Changing Your WP Admin User Name

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To A Different User Name

Log in with your new admin details …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

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

Select Users > All Users in the main menu …

Changing Your WordPress Admin User Name

You can now delete the old user account …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

Choose 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 admin account …

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

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

Changing Your WP 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

Info

Although this tutorial is really aimed 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 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 A Username Inside The WordPress Database

In the example below, the server is using cPanel …

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

cPanel management software

Log into your server control panel …

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

cPanel admin area

Scroll down to the “Databases” section and click on phpMyAdmin

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress 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 select the correct one …

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

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t worry about the technical-looking nature of the information on your screen.

Click on wp_users in the left-hand column …

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To Another User Name

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

Changing Your WordPress Admin Username To A Different Username

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

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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 login details …

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

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

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

To choose a new “nickname”, visit your Users area and click the Edit link below the user name …

How To Change 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” panel …

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

Select a new name to display publicly from the dropdown 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 dropdown menu …

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

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username

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

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

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