For web security purposes, it’s safer not to install a WordPress site with the user name “admin”.
This default installation username for WordPress and one of the leading causes of brute force attacks and security threats on the WordPress CMS.
In this tutorial for non-technical WordPress users, you will learn how to change the WordPress admin username to a more secure username.
How To: Changing Your WP Username From Admin To Another User Name
Normally, in all new WordPress site installations, the first registered user is the admin of the website or blog.
Having the default WordPress user name admin is not recommended, as it puts your blog at risk.
Let’s change the admin username in WordPress to a more secure user name.
There are several ways to view your username details after logging into WP:
Select the Users > All Users page in the main menu.
Click on your username, or click on the Edit link when hovering over the username with your mouse.
Or, use Edit My Profile from the menu bar near the top-right hand corner of your admin area.
You can also go to your “Profile” section by selecting Users > Your Profile from your admin menu.
ou will see in the Profile page that your username can’t be changed inside your backend admin section.
So, how do you modify a admin user name?
If your WordPress admin login is “admin,” here’s the easiest way to change your username without accessing your server and doing technical stuff:
Select Add New to add a new user …
Next, create a new user name, and assign your new user the role of “Administrator”. Save your changes in order to update your settings.
You should now see a new admin user with a new username, together with your original username (i.e. “admin”).
Logout of your WordPress admin area …
Log out of your WordPress admin area.
If everything was done correctly you will see your new username displayed in the “Howdy, User” screen.
Next Click on Users > All Users in your main menu.
And Delete the old administrator account.
Select the option to assign all content owned by the old user account and reassigned it to your new user, and then confirm the deletion of the old account.
Now you only have one account and it’s the admin account. So hackers can not easily guess your user and password.
This tutorial is designed for non-technical WordPress users, but let’s take it to the next level and show you how to change a username inside the WordPress database.
All you need is access to your server.
Changing Your User Name Inside The WordPress Database
For our example, the server uses cPanel.
Log into your server administration area.
cPanel admin area
Find the “Databases” section and open up phpMyAdmin.
Click on your WordPress database.
Special Note: If you have more then one database set up on your domain, make sure that you choose the right one.
Don’t worry about the technical-looking nature of the information on your screen.
Click on wp_users in the “Table” column on the left-hand side.
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 return to your WordPress site. You may find that your session is expired. If so, log in again with your new administration username and password.
You should see that your user name is now updated. However, your admin details will probably still display the old “nickname”.
To choose a new “nickname”, open your Users screen and click on the Edit link below the username.
You can also reach your 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 drop-down 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 the WordPress admin user name on your website or blog.
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