After installing WordPress on your hosting server, you will be emailed a username and password to login your WordPress dashboard.
As WordPress is very popular blogging platform so it is very vulnerable to hackers. It is easy for them to hack a site which uses default WordPress login username.
WordPress uses “Admin” as a default username. If hackers want to hack your blog, they already know your username. They just need to break your password. That means, they already be halfway to their goal.
You don’t want to allow hackers to hack your site. So you should change your WordPress login username as soon as possible after installing WordPress.
First of all, you need to check which username you are using to login to your WordPress site.
How to Check Your WordPress Login Username?
From your WordPress dashboard, go to “left-hand menu > User > all user”.
Now click on the “Administrator” at the top of the page. If you see none of the usernames in the list using “Admin” as username then you don’t need to do anything.
But if you see that you are using “Admin” as a username, you need to change the username to something personal.
So, how you can change your WordPress login username?
How to Change WordPress Login Username?
Don’t worry. After reading this post, you will find it very easy to change your WordPress login username. But, I recommend you not to do anything before reading the whole post.
I’ll show you three ways to change your WordPress login username. The three ways to change default WordPress login username are –
- Using WordPress dashboard
- Using plugin, and
- Using phpMyAdmin from Cpanel
3 Ways to Change WordPress Login Username – Step by Step Tutorial
You can use any of the ways to change default WordPress login username. Let’s discuss step by step process in each way.
Way 1: Changing WordPress Login Username Using WordPress Dashboard
I recommend this way and it is very easy. Follow the step by step tutorial below for changing default WordPress login username.
Step 1: Add a new user
Login to your WordPress dashboard as you normally do.
From the WordPress menu, hover over (or click) on the “Users > add new”.
Fill out the form that appears on the screen. Specially focus on the username field and make it strong and personal.
In the email field, you will need to use a different email address than the one used by default user. WordPress will contact yòu using this email.
The most important thing in this step is to select “Administrator” from the drop-down menu next to role. Don’t forget this. Otherwise, you won’t able to change WordPress login username.
Once you are finished click on “Add new user” button at the bottom of the page.
Step 2: Logout of WordPress dashboard
Once you created a new user, now log out of WordPress dashboard.
For doing this, hover over the admin profile picture at the top right corner of the screen. Once you found the “log out” link, click on that to log out.
Step 3: Delete the default user
Now login back your WordPress dashboard using the new username you just created in Step 1.
Once you are logged in using your new user, Go to “Dashboard > User > all users“.
On the screen that appears, hover over default username and you’ll see a “Delete” link. Click on that.
Once you clicked, you will be shown the option to delete the default user.
Step 4: Assign existing content to new user (Very Important)
You will need to assign your existing content (posts/comments) to the new user before deleting the default user. Otherwise, all of your existing content will be deleted.
To assign your existing content to the new user, select the “Attribute all content to” radio button and choose your new user from the drop-down.
Now click on the confirm delete button to delete the default username.
With this step, you have successfully changed your default username. From there you can use your new username to login to WordPress.
You can also change the email address if you want to use the old email address associated with your default username.
Way 2: Changing Default WordPress Username Using Plugin
This is also a very simple way. In this way, you will need to install a plugin to change your default WordPress username.
If you are a not-using-too-many-plugins type guy like me, I would like to assure you, you can delete the plugin once you successfully change your default WordPress username.
For changing your default WordPress username with this method follow the steps below –
Step 1: Install a plugin
Login to your WordPress dashboard as you normally do.
Install and activate the username Changer plugin.
Read More: How to Install Plugin
Step 2: Change your default WordPress username
Once you activated the plugin, go to “WordPress dashboard > User > username changer” (After installing the plugin, a submenu “Username changer” will be created under the “User” menu).
On the page that appears, select your default username which you want to change and type your new username on the field next to “New username”.
Now click on the “Save changes” button.
Step 3: Check your new WordPress username.
Actually, you are done with the previous step. But I want you to make sure everything is perfect.
For doing so, log out of your WordPress dashboard and again login back using your new username.
Ok. It looks perfect.
But you don’t want to have an idle plugin on your site.
In this step, you can delete the plugin which you used to change your WordPress default username.
For deleting the plugin go to “left-hand menu > Plugins > Installed plugins“.
Scroll through the installed plugins. Once you found the plugin, deactivate that and uninstall.
Way 3: Changing WordPress Login Username Using phpMyAdmin From Cpanel
If you are not a techy guy, I don’t recommend this method for you. Because this method is a little bit complicated.
But sometimes we need to use this method to change WordPress username.
For example, if you forget your WordPress login credentials and associated email then you need to use this method.
However, if you somehow want to change your WordPress username using this method, you can read this post. The procedure is better explained in the post. As I’m not a techy guy, I don’t want to touch this method.
I hope you’ve changed your default WordPress username to make your blog secure from hackers.