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.

Learn WPFor security purposes, avoid setting up a WordPress site with the username “admin”.

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username To A Different Username

In this tutorial, you will learn how to change your admin user name in WordPress to a more secure username.

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username

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

Having the default WordPress username admin is not recommended, as it puts your WordPress site at risk …

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

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

There are several ways to view your user name details inside your WordPress Dasboard area:

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

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To A Different Username

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

How To Change Your WP Username From Admin To Another Username

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

What you will see in the Profile page, however, is that you cannot change usernames inside your administration section …

Changing Your WP Admin Username

So, how can you modify this admin username?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

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

First, create a new user …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

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

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To Another User Name

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

Changing Your WP Admin User Name

Log in with your new admin details …

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

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

Select Users > All Users in the main menu …

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

You can now delete the old user account …

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

How To Change 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 a WordPress 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:

How To Change A User Name Inside The WordPress Database

In the example below, the server is using cPanel …

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

cPanel management application

Log into your server control panel …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress To A Different Username

cPanel admin area

Navigate to the “Databases” section and open phpMyAdmin

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

phpMyAdmin

Click on your WordPress database.

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t be concerned about the complicated screen.

Click on wp_users in the left-hand column …

How To Change Your WP Admin Username To Another Username

The user name 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 WordPress User Name From Admin To Another User Name

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username To Another Username

Log out of your server if you’re finished and reopen the browser to your WordPress site. You will probably find that your session is expired. Log in again with your new administration username and password …

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

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To Another Username

You can also access the Profile section by clicking on the Edit My Profile link in the “Howdy, User” panel …

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

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

Changing Your WP Admin 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 dropdown menu …

How To Change Your Admin User Name In WordPress

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username

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

Changing 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.

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

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