Most people don’t know how to change admin username in WordPress, especially since WP dashboard clearly states that the usernames cannot be changed. But, the admin user name has to be changed because the common usage of the “admin” as a username potentially poses a blog security risk. I have found an easy way, so read on.
When newbies set up a WordPress blog it is often suggested to use “admin” as the user name. In some instances admin is actually placed by default in the user box during WordPress set up. This common username poses a security hazard to websites. A potential hacker is well aware that the username of a large majority of bloggers is admin. So if this vermin wants to attack our sites he only needs to be concerned with one parameter, namely the password. If on the other hand he has to configure both the username and the password, his job would be much more difficult and he would move on to a less secure website.
I, like a majority of internet marketers, have been told to use admin as a username and that is what I did. Lately, I have been concerned with security of my blog. I’ve been hearing about more and more sites being hacked and I wanted to take steps to protect my blog.
Among other blog security precautions that I have been undertaking, I have decided to change my admin username. I thought I could easily change it through my profile. Not really. It clearly says in my wordpress dashboard profile “Usernames cannot be changed“. So I searched a bit further and came across a few answers all pointing me to the cpanels’s phpMyadmin/Database. My heart sank. I love the cpanel for its simplicity and I can perform many tasks but anything referring me to phpMyadmin/Database, well…
I felt there must be simpler way. So I searched some more. I tried all kinds of search terms until finally I found my answer. Simple, non-technical and impossible to muck-up. My source was the good old WordPress Codex. The reason I was not finding the answer before was because the answer was buried in a long and complex article and not in the title of the article.
In order to save you hours of search I will share my “discovery” with you, so you can easily change the admin user name to something different and add another barrier or protection against attacks on your site.
1. In your dashboard click on Users
2. When the users windows opens click on “Add New”
3. Fill out new user information
- Add a new username
- Input a new email address. You can use any email address including the one for your website, such as firstname.lastname@example.org, even if it directs to the same email address you used previously.
- In the area for the names use the same name as you have for the original user.
- In the circled area select the role of the new user as administrator
- Log out
- Log in using the new username.
- Go back to Users and you will find both the admin and the new user listed there.
- Delete the admin user. Make sure that you assign all the posts to the new user (see below). Because the new user was assigned Administrator role he/she can delete other users.
And, now you know how to change the username in WordPress without resorting to any techie manipulations. That is all it takes, no geek speak. Pretty simple, right?
Make sure to do this small yet very important change in order to add another protective shield against hackers. It will only take a couple of minutes, but the time spent is well worth it.
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