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 WordPressFor better web security, it’s safer to not set up sites with the user name “admin”.

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

Changing Your WP User Name From Admin To A Different User Name

In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how to change your WordPress admin username from ‘admin’ to a more secure user name.

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

Generally, in a new WordPress installation, the first registered user is usually the admin of the website.

The default WordPress user name admin is not recommended, as it can out your site at risk …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To A Different 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 username details inside your admin area:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You will discover in the Profile page that your user name can’t be changed from your backend admin section …

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name

So, how can you edit this user name?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

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

Click Add New to create a new user …

Changing Your WordPress Username From Admin To A Different Username

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

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

You have now added a new user with admin privileges …

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

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username

Log in with the new admin details for the user you have just created …

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress To A Different Username

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

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

Click on Users > All Users in the main menu …

How To Change Your Admin Username In WordPress

Delete the old administrator account …

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

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username

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

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 mostly aimed for non-technical WordPress users, let’s go one step further and show you how to change a user name inside the WordPress database.

All you need is admin access to your server.

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 Your Username Inside The WordPress Database

In this example, the server is using cPanel …

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

cPanel

Log into your server administration account …

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

cPanel administration area

Navigate to the “Databases” section and click on phpMyAdmin

Changing Your WP Admin User Name To Another Username

phpMyAdmin

Open up your WordPress database.

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

phpMyAdmin databases

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

Click on wp_users

Changing Your Admin Username In WordPress

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

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

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

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

How To Change Your WordPress Username From Admin To Another Username

To change the “nickname”, open your Users section and click on the Edit link below your user name …

Changing Your WP Admin Username

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

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name To Another Username

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

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

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

Changing Your WP Username From Admin To A More Secure Username

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

Changing Your Admin User Name In WordPress

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

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

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