Change WordPress admin username for security
In this article I'll 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.
Update Wordpress admin username
Using the steps below, I'll 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 Log In
- 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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2014-09-15 5:07 pm
I'm trying to change the admin user name, but would like to keep the same email address. It won't let me do this--wants me to supply a different email as this email is "already registered". Any suggestions?
2014-09-15 5:34 pm
Thanks for the question! I suggest that you modify the email address of the original administrator user. You can then create your new admin user and then use the email address that you wish to you use. You can't have administrators with the same email address unfortunately. However, you can create email forwarders for any new email address that you create and automatically forward email to a central email address . So, even if you have multiple administrators, if an email is sent to one, it will be sent to the central email assigned to each forward.
I hope this is helps to resolve the issue for you. Please let us now if you have any further questions or comments.
2015-07-05 1:18 pm
Does the new user precisely have all the privileges the old one had?
Nothing to lose?
2015-07-06 10:58 am
If you're referring to the admin user that's referred to in this article,then "yes" the privileges remain the same. We're simply re-naming the admin user.
I hope this helps to answer your question, please let us know if you require any further assistance.