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How To Change The Admin Username In WordPress

For security reasons, avoid creating sites with the username “admin”.

This is the default installation username for WordPress and one of the first vulnerable areas of website security hackers will test with the WordPress CMS.

In this tutorial for non-technical WordPress users, we’ll show you how to change the WordPress admin user name to a more secure user name.

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

Normally, in a new WordPress website installation, the first user is usually the admin.

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

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

There are several ways to access your “Profile” section and view your username details after logging into WP:

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

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

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

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

What you will see in the Profile page, however, is that usernames can’t be changed from the administration section …

So, how do you change a username?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

If your admin login is “admin,” here’s the easiest way to change your user name without accessing your server and touching your server files or your WordPress database:

First, create a new user …

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

You have now added a new admin user …

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

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

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

Click on Users > All Users in the main menu …

You can now delete the old administrator account …

Select the option to attribute all content owned by the old user account and reassigned it to your new admin, 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 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 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 A User Name Inside The WordPress Database

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

cPanel

Log into your server admin area …

cPanel administration area

Scroll down to the “Databases” section and open up phpMyAdmin

phpMyAdmin

Click on your WordPress 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 worry about the complicated-looking information on your screen screen.

Click on wp_users

The username 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 user name …

Log out of your server when you’re finished and return to your WordPress site. You will probably find that your session is expired. If so, log in again with your new Admin login details …

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

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

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

Select a new name to display publicly from the dropdown 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 username on your website.

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