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How To Change The Admin Username In WordPress

For web security purposes, never set up a WordPress site with the user name “admin”.

This is the default installation user name for WordPress and one of the first areas of potential vulnerabilities that hackers look for when attempting to break into the WordPress CMS.

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

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

Typically, with all new WordPress site installations, the first user is the admin of the website or blog.

Having the default WordPress user name admin is not recommended, as it can out your blog at risk of being attacked by hackers and bots …

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

There are a number of ways to access your “Profile” section and view your user name details inside WordPress:

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

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

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

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

What you will see when you get into your Profile area, however, is that you can’t change your username from the Dashboard …

So, how do you change a username?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

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

Click Add New to create a new user …

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

You have now created a new admin user …

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

Log in with your new admin details …

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

Select Users > All Users in the main menu …

You can now delete your old user account …

Select the option to assign all content owned by the old user account and reassigned it to the new user, then confirm the deletion of the old admin 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 mostly designed for non-technical WordPress users, let’s go one step further and show you how to change your username inside the WordPress database.

All you need is access to your server’s control panel.

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

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

cPanel management software

Log into your server administration area …

cPanel admin area

Navigate to the “Databases” section and open up phpMyAdmin

phpMyAdmin

Click on your WP database.

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

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t be concerned about the complicated-looking information on your screen screen.

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

The username is located in the “user login” column. To edit the username 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 the new username …

Log out of your server when you’re done and reopen the browser to your WordPress site. You may find that your session is expired. Log in again with your new Admin user name and password …

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

To edit the “nickname”, access your Users screen and click the Edit link below your user name …

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

Choose 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 dropdown menu …

Click Update Profile to save your new settings …

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

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

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"If you're new to WordPress, this can stand on its own as a training course and will stay with you as you progress from beginner to advanced and even guru status." - Bruce (Columbus, Ohio)

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