In this article, we discuss how you can update and change your WordPress admin username, as this can be a great security measure to help prevent unauthorized access to your WordPress admin dashboard.
This is a good security measure to help protect against the recent global WordPress wp-login.php brute force attack that has been ongoing for the last few days affecting multiple web hosts.
Update WordPress Admin Username
Using the steps below, we show you how easy it is to add a new WordPress administrator user, delete your old non-secure default admin one, and then assign or attribute all of the old user’s posts to your new secure user.
- From the left-hand menu, hover over Users, then click on Add New.
- Fill in all of the user fields with new info.Then select Administrator from the Role drop-down.Finally, click on Add New User.
- You should now see your new admin user you just created.
- Hover over Howdy, admin at the top-right.Then click on Log Out.
- Now type in your new WordPress admin username and password and click login.
- From the left-hand menu click on Users.
Prior to deleting your old admin user, I’d recommend you backup your WordPress database in cPanel just in case.
Hover over the old admin user, then click Delete.
BE CAREFUL! Deleting your old WordPress admin user, without attributing its posts to your new admin user will delete all those posts!
Now select your new admin user from the Attribute all posts drop-down, and click on Confirm Deletion.
- You should now see the old admin user has been deleted, and you should only be left with the new administrator user, will all the old posts attributed to it.
You should now understand how you can easily update and change your WordPress admin username so that you’re better protected against common brute force attempts at gaining access to your WordPress website.
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