One of the most common questions I receive about WordPress is how to change the default “admin” username and login. Oftentimes when we install WordPress using the services provided by our hosting company, we get stuck with a generic login name. Or maybe we simply want to change our username after a rebranding.
Also, it’s a big security risk to use the generic “admin” username for your WordPress login. There are so many brute force attacks on WordPress sites that hammer your login page to try and figure out your password, since they’ve already got the “admin” part.
Don’t be lazy and update your user information ASAP!
Changing/Updating Your WordPress Admin Username
Step 1: Log into your WordPress admin and click on the “Users” section. If you’ve ever tried editing your username, you’ll notice that you cannot do so.
Step 2: You actually need a create a brand new user with all of your updated information. If you want to use the same email address that is in your current user profile, click to “Edit” your existing profile and change the email address to something else. Email addresses have to be unique, so you want to change the old one to anything else for the meantime.
Step 3: Click “Add New” to create a new user with all the correct information. NOTE: Be sure to make this user an Administrator.
Step 4: Once you’ve created the new user log out of your WordPress Admin using the link in the upper right hand corner and then log back in with the new username you just created.
Step 5: You’ve successfully created a new username and logged in, but now you want to go back to the “Users” section and delete the old user. If you’ve already created posts in your blog a message will come up asking you who to attribute all those existing posts to. NOTE: It’s important that you select “
That’s it – you’ve updated your WordPress username with the information that you really want and eliminated a potential security risk for your web presence. Two birds with one stone!