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How To Change The Admin Username In WordPress

For online security reasons, never set up a WordPress site using the user name “admin”.

This is the default installation username for WordPress and one of the first areas of potential vulnerabilities hackers look for in WordPress websites.

In this step-by-step tutorial for non-technical WordPress users, we’ll show you how to change your admin username in WordPress to a more secure username.

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

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

Having the default WordPress user name admin is not recommended, as it can out your blog at risk …

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

There are a number of ways to access your “Profile” section and view your user name details after logging into your WP admin area:

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

Click either on the 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 admin area …

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

What you will discover in the Profile area, however, is that usernames can’t be changed from the Dashboard …

So, how can you change a WordPress admin username?

Change Admin Username By Creating A New Admin User

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

First, let’s create a new user …

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

You will now have a new admin user with a new username, plus the original username (i.e. “admin”) …

Log out of your WordPress admin area …

Log in with your new admin details …

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

Click on Users > All Users in your main menu …

You can now delete your old administrator account …

Select the option to assign all content owned by the old user account and reassigned it to your 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 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 admin 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

In the example below, we’ll be working with cPanel …

cPanel

Log into your server control panel …

cPanel administration area

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

phpMyAdmin

Click on your WordPress database.

Note: If you have multiple databases set up on your domain, make sure that you choose the correct one …

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t be concerned about the complicated screen.

Click on wp_users

The user name is located in the “user login” column. To edit the user name simply double-click on this text you want to change …

Type in the new user name and click outside the edit box to update the field with the new user name …

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

You will see that your username has been updated. However, your site will probably still be displaying the previous “nickname” …

To edit the “nickname”, go to your Users section and click on the Edit link below the username …

You can also access the Profile section if you click 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 user name on your website or blog.

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