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How To Change The Admin Username In WordPress

For web security purposes, avoid installing WordPress sites with the user name “admin”.

This is the default installation username for WordPress and one of the first areas of potential vulnerabilities that hackers will test with the WordPress platform.

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

Generally, with a new WordPress installation, the first registered user is usually the admin.

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

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

There are several ways to view your username details inside your administration area:

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

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

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

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

You will see when you get into your Profile area that user names cannot be changed from your backend admin section …

So, how can you change this username?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

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

First, let’s create a new user …

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

A new admin user should now be displaying …

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

Log in with your new admin details …

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

Click on Users > All Users in the main menu …

Delete the old user account …

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

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

After installing the plugin, click the ‘Activate’ button …

(Activate the plugin)

Configuring The Plugin

After installing and activating the plugin, go to Settings > Username Changer

(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)

You can also configure email notifications (if you choose to allow users to change their usernames) …

(Username Changer Settings – Email notifications)

Using The Plugin

To change your username, go to Users > Your Profile

(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)

The ‘Username’ field will become editable. Change your username and click the ‘Save Username’ button …

(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)

Log back into your site with your new username (note: your password should remain the same) …

(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)

After logging back into your site, go to your User Profile section and you will see that your username has been changed.

(Username changed)

To learn more about this plugin, go here: Username Changer

Although this tutorial is really aimed for non-technical WordPress users, let’s go one step further and show you how to change a WordPress username inside the WordPress database.

All you need is admin access to your server.

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 Username Inside The WordPress Database

For our example, we’ll be working with the cPanel management tool …

cPanel

Log into your server control panel …

cPanel administration area

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

phpMyAdmin

Click on your WordPress database.

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

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t be concerned about the complicated screen.

Click on wp_users

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 …

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

Log out of your server when you’re finished and return to your WordPress site. You may find that your session has expired. If so, log in again with your new Admin username and password …

You should see that your username has been updated. However, your site will probably still be displaying the old “nickname” …

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

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

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

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 …

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

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

Congratulations! Now you know how to change your WordPress admin user name on your website.

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