WordPress For Non-Techies: Free WordPress Tutorials – WPCompendium.org

How To Change The Admin Username In WordPress

For improved website security, avoid setting up sites with the username “admin”.

This is the default installation user name for WordPress and one of the first things hackers look for when attempting to break into a WordPress web site.

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

How To Change Your WordPress Admin User Name

Typically, on a new WordPress site, the first user is usually the administrator.

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

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

There are a number of ways to view your user name details inside your Dashboard area:

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

Click on your username, or the Edit link when hovering over the username 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 access your “Profile” screen by selecting Users > Your Profile from your admin menu.

You will see in the Profile area that you can’t change your user name from the admin section …

So, how do you modify this WordPress admin user name?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

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

First, let’s create a new user …

Next, create a more secure username, and assign this new user account the role of “Administrator”. 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 the new admin details for the user you have just created …

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

Select Users > All Users in your main menu …

Delete the old user account …

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

You are now left with only the new Admin account, effectively changing 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 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 intended for non-technical WordPress users, let’s go one step further and show you how to change your user name 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 Username Inside The WordPress Database

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

cPanel

Log into your server administration account …

cPanel administration area

Scroll down to the “Databases” section and open phpMyAdmin

phpMyAdmin

Click on your WordPress database.

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

phpMyAdmin databases

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

Click on wp_users in the left-hand column …

The username is located in the “user login” column. To edit the field just double-click on the 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 if you’re done 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 details …

You will see that the user name has been updated. However, your admin details will probably still display the previous “nickname” …

To change your “nickname”, go to your Users screen and click on the Edit link below your user name …

You can also access your 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 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 username on your website or blog.

***

"I was absolutely amazed at the scope and breadth of these tutorials! The most in-depth training I have ever received on any subject!" - Myke O'Neill, DailyGreenPost.com