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 increased security, avoid setting up sites with the user name “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.

How To Change Your WP Admin Username To Another Username

In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to change the admin user name in WordPress from ‘admin’ to a more secure username.

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

Generally, in a new WordPress installation, the first user is usually the administrator.

The default WordPress username admin is not recommended, as it puts your site at risk of being attacked by hackers and botnets …

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

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

There are a number of ways to access your “Profile” section after logging into WordPress:

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress To Another Username

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

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

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

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

You can also access your “Profile” area by selecting Users > Your Profile from your Dashboard menu.

What you will see in the Profile area, however, is that you cannot change your username from your Dashboard …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To Another User Name

So, how can you modify your admin username?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

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

First, create a new user …

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

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

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

You have now created a new user with admin privileges …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username To A Different Username

Log in with your new admin details …

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To A Different User Name

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

Select Users > All Users in the main menu …

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

You can now delete your old user account …

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

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

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

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 To Another 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 a username inside the WordPress database.

All you need is admin 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

For our example, the server uses the cPanel management application …

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

cPanel

Log into your server admin area …

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

cPanel admin area

Find the “Databases” section and click on phpMyAdmin

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

phpMyAdmin

Open up your WP database.

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username To A Different User Name

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t panic when you see the complicated-looking screen.

Click on wp_users in the “Table” column on the left-hand side …

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

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

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

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

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

Log out of your server if you’re finished and go back to your WordPress site. You will probably find that your session has expired. If so, log in again with your new Admin user name and password …

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

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username To A More Secure User Name

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

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

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

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

Changing Your Admin Username 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 drop-down menu …

How To Change Your WP Admin Username

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To A Different User Name

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

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

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

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

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