Securing Wordpress using a unique Administrative Username
Written by Tim Sisson
Published: Aug 23, 2011
Last Modified: Mar 4, 2014
A common username for the administrator in many applications is "admin" and WordPress is no different. For someone trying to compromise your WordPress site, they'll need to know both your username and password to gain access. As admin is commonly used as the administrator, we've already done half the work for hackers as now all they need to do is guess the password. If you have a user with the username "admin", it is a good idea to update this in an effort to make your wordpress site more secure.
Create a New Administrator
- Log into your WordPress dashboard and click "Users" in the left menu
- Click the "Add New" button on the top of the page
- Fill out the "Add New User" form and click "Add New User". Be sure to enter something other than "admin" in the "Username" field. The "Role" should also be changed to Administrator.
Remove the Existing "Admin" User
- Log into your wordpress dashboard as your new user and click "Users" in the left menu
- Place a check in the box to the left of your "admin" user
- In the "Bulk Actions" drop down, select Delete, then click "Apply"
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2013-07-03 12:05 pm
If I delete the "admin" account, will that also delete the articles attributed to "admin"?
2013-07-03 12:20 pm
Remember that you can't delete an admin user that you're using to access the account. However, you can always add a new administrator and delete the old one.
When you delete an administrator, you will be given a choice to delete the posts by the admin or attribute them (if there's more than one) to another user.
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