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Easy Way To Change Admin Username On WordPress Blog

Last week I told you how to protect your blog from botnet hackers. In that post I suggested that you change your admin username to something that is not so easy to crack. Many people still use “admin” as the username because earlier on, during WordPress set up, it was used as default. A number of marketers still use and recommend this user name even today. This is wrong and if you have done it yourself, I will show you an easy way to change admin username on WordPress blog and make your blog more secure.

Unfortunately, the admin username cannot just be deleted and many people are stuck trying to change it. If you follow the images and the explanations below you will be able to change admin username in no time.

Of course, you can also apply this same technique to other than “admin” usernames. The idea behind changing usernames is that you make them different than your site’s name, short form of a site name, “login” or anything that is easy to crack. Choose a username that will contain, variation of capital an small letters, numbers, symbols. It does not have to be a long one, 10 character mix is pretty sufficient.

 

1. In your dashboard click on Users

 

First Step To Change The Admin Username

 

2. When the users windows opens click on “Add New

 

How To Ad And Vhange Username In WordPress

 

3. Fill out new user information

  1. Add a new username
  2. Input a new email address. You can use any email address including the one for your website, such as support@yourdomainname.com, even if it directs to the same email address you used previously.
  3. In the area for the names use the same name as you have for the original user.
  4. In the circled area select the role of the new user as administrator. Because the new user was assigned Administrator role he/she can delete other users.
  5. [hilight color=”FFFF00″]Log out[/hilight]
  6. Log in using the new username.
  7. Go back to Users and you will find both the admin and the new user listed there.
  8. Delete the admin user. [hilight color=”FFFF00″]Make sure that you attribute (assign) all the posts to the new user (see below)[/hilight].

 

Delete Original Admin Username

Make sure to attribute all the posts to the new user

 

As you can see this is really an easy way to change admin username on a WordPress blog. Please make sure you do this small yet important change in order to add another protective layer against hackers. It will only take a couple of minutes, but the time spent is well worth it.

If you have not done so yet, have a look at the post on protecting your blog from botnets. There you will find 5 simple steps to secure your blog and protect it from the despicable hacking criminals.

Hope you enjoyed the article and found it useful. Please contact me if you have any questions. Please leave a comment. You know I love hearing from you.

 

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15 Responses to Easy Way To Change Admin Username On WordPress Blog

  1. Michael Flanagan May 28, 2014 at 8:49 am #

    Hi Dita,

    I saw your comment on Facebook and headed over here to your site.

    Lots of really useful info and I will definitely be changing the admin username in the way you have indicated.

    Regards,
    Mike
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  2. Esther Paul June 10, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    This is soo easy pesy 🙂

    I created my blog with the user name Admin but then didn’t know the trick to change it and this one is simple and damn easy.

    I have changed my user name now.

    Thank you for sharing
    Esther

    • Dita Irvine June 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

      Hi Esther,

      I am glad that the article was able to help you.

      Cheers,

      Dita

  3. Amy May 27, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    Found this article on blogbods. Really useful, simple and straightforward directions. Made a confusing task really easy for me. Cheers.

  4. Dean Thompson May 13, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    Hi Dita,

    After all the recent stories and nightmare situations that have been reported regarding the latest hacking spree, this is a really useful article.

    Your diagrams make it simple to follow, and anyone who has a weak username really should read through your post and take note.

    Thanks.

    Regards,
    Dean.
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  5. Enstine Muki May 8, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    Hey Dita,
    From the look of things, I’m sure what you shared here will work well. I have not tried it but I’m quite certain about it. I use to do my things in the db or write some simple PHP scripts to perform some tasks.

    Good read bro
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  6. Cararta May 8, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    Hi Dita,

    Should have known when I clicked from Adrienne’s share on Facebook!

    I only had 4 that hadn’t been changed. So I didn’t get hacked through my
    “admin”….didn’t get hacked at all, just having a problem with bots and spiders
    so I’m going back up and read your other article.

    I still have a lot of .ru and china links but working on getting rid of! The China one
    is the worst…just keep sending even though I used security plugin to block!

    Thanks,
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  7. Adrienne May 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    That was a very clear explanation Dita of how to do that and I should probably write a post about this as well. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve had to walk through doing this because their username is too generic. They were afraid that would mess up everything they’d already done.

    Thank you for sharing this Dita. Very good explanation indeed.

    ~Adrienne

  8. Jon Barry May 4, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    Hi Dita

    One thing that is not available as standard is using the email address twice – which it sounded like you suggested….

    I tested again, incase this had been brought it, but got this…

    ERROR: This email is already registered, please choose another one.

    You can install a plugin to allow you to use an email twice….. I just use another, then later, switch it back to the original one.

    It is good to see everyone sharing advice, most for free.

    I too have been doing updates, and the first one was called

    jonbarry.co.uk/global-brute-force-login-attempts-and-ddos-attacks-botnet-strike-again/

    It is currently unavailable,as I migrate my whole hosting account to a more stable platform….

    I can not do it the usual way, with no dead sites…. but old system is not being stable enough to allow me to do that!

    The joys…..

    Posted By Jon Barry

    • Dita Irvine May 5, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

      Welcome to the trials and tribulations, Jon. Sorry I did not answer your comment sooner but I too was transferring my site. I had this site hosted on Bluehost, which is an excellent company but I also had two account on Hostgator so I was consolidating.

      I was very fortunate, the transfer team at Hostgator did that for me for free (bless their hearts). I am done now, so I finally can concentrate on what I have to do.

      You know, Jon, despite many problems we encounter, I just love blogging. Give me so much pleasure.

      Take care,

      Dita

  9. Cheryl May 4, 2013 at 2:22 am #

    Hi Dita,

    Thanks for this information, but when I tried to change the Admin username, it didn’t work. Do I have to put in the website’s name, cause that was the only part I didn’t enter. Also, can the email be the same as the previous one I had entered.

    Thanks
    Cheryl

    • Dita Irvine May 5, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

      Hi Cheryl,

      Sorry to get back to you so late. As I explained in my reply to Jon, I was transferring my domain from one host to another so I did not do much work after the transfer initiated.

      I always input my site, so to be honest I am not sure if you don’t do that will it not work? As I said never tried it.

      With respect to the email, you need to input any email address (I believe you can even make it up). When you are done update to you regular email address.

      Hope this helps,

      All the best,

      Dita

  10. Guy Martin May 2, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    Hi Dita,

    Thanks for the valuable information. One of the most important thing to do after changing the admin name is to be sure to transfer the posts to the new name before deleting the admin name.

    Easy step to overlook but very important if you want to save all that hard work.

    Thank you for the step-by-step.

    Guy

    • Dita Irvine May 2, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

      Hi Guy,

      Yes, it is important to transfer the posts to a new name. I highligted it on the post, so hopefully everyone who reads the instructions will see it.

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Dita