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How To Change The Admin Username In WordPress

For improved online security, do not set up WordPress sites with the username “admin”.

This is the default installation username for WordPress and one of the leading causes of brute force attacks and security threats on WordPress.

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

Changing Your WP Admin Username

Typically, in all new WordPress site installations, the first registered user is also the administrator.

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

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

There are a number of ways to access your “Profile” section after logging into your WP backend admin area:

Click on the Users > All Users page in your 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” drop down menu at the top-right hand corner of your screen …

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

You will see in the Profile area that your username cannot be changed inside the Dashboard …

So, how do you modify the username?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

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

First, create a new user …

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

You have now created 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 in the “Howdy, User” panel …

Click on Users > All Users in your main menu …

You can now delete the old user account …

Select 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 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 really designed 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’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:

Changing A User Name Inside The WordPress Database

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

cPanel

Log into your server admin account …

cPanel admin area

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

phpMyAdmin

Click on your WP database.

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

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t panic when you see the complicated-looking screen.

Click on wp_users

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

Log out of your server if you’re done and reopen the browser to your WordPress site. You will probably find that your session has expired. Log in again with your new administration username and password …

You should see that your user name has been updated. However, your site will probably still display the old “nickname” …

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

You can also reach the Profile section by clicking on the Edit My Profile link in the “Howdy, User” screen …

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 username on your website.

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