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How To Change The Admin Username In WordPress

For improved online security, avoid installing sites using the username “admin”.

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

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

How To Change Your WP Admin User Name To A Different Username

Typically, with a new WordPress site, the first registered user is also the admin of the website.

Having the default WordPress username admin is not recommended, as it puts your WordPress site at risk of being hacked …

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

There are a number of ways to view your username details inside your admin area:

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

Click on the username, or click on the Edit link when hovering over the username 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 admin menu.

You will discover when you get into the Profile page that you cannot change usernames inside the admin section …

So, how do you modify a admin username?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

If your WordPress username 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 better user name, and assign your new user the role of “Administrator”. Remember to save your changes in order to update your settings …

You have now added a new user with admin privileges …

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” panel …

Select Users > All Users in your main menu …

Delete the old user account …

Choose the option to assign all content owned by the old admin 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 designed for non-technical WordPress users, let’s go one step further and show you how to change your WordPress 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

In the example below, the server is using the cPanel management tool …

cPanel management software

Log into your server control panel …

cPanel admin area

Find the “Databases” section and open 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

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

Log out of your server if you’re done and return 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 username has been updated. However, it will probably still be displaying the previous “nickname” …

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

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

Choose 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 the WordPress admin user name on your website.

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