You should always treat the security of your WordPress blog as the top priority. In this article, I want to go over the one thing that most hackers take advantage of; your default username. When you first start a blog with WordPress, your default username is called Admin.
In order to add an extra layer of security, you should choose a username other than Admin. Think of it as 2 keys to puzzle! The first key is your username and the second key is your password. It’s much easier to compromise your blog if they have one out of the two keys to begin with.
By having a unique username, the hackers will have a much more difficult time trying to crack both! Ready to learn how to do it? Good, let’s get started!
You Cannot Change The WordPress Usernames
When you first install WordPress, you are able to choose the username, but once it’s set, it cannot be changed. Old WordPress users never had this option, but there are ways to get around it. As you can see from the picture below. You can update the user’s profile to anything you desire except for the username.
How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username
The good news is, there are ways to get around the inability to change your WordPress Admin Username. The method I’m about to show you will transfer all of your old admin accounts information to the new account except the username will no longer be Admin.
A little tip I have for you is to treat your username like a password. You wouldn’t use an easy to guess password like abc123 right? The same should apply to your username. Choose something generic such as DxS42dsDEdsaA54. You can generic random usernames and passwords by using Passwords Generator.
Step #1. Create A New Username
Log in to your administrator panel and select Users > Add New. Fill in the information and once you’re done. Log out of your old admin account and log into your new admin account.
Step #2. Delete Old Admin And Transfer Posts To The New Admin
Once you’re logged into your new admin account, go back to Users > All Users. Now you can delete the old admin account and any other inactive user accounts. By doing so, WordPress will prompt you to attribute the posts from the old admin account to the new one. Select the new admin account and click confirm.
TADA! You’re Done(:
You’ve just successfully changed the administrator username for WordPress. Well, technically, you replaced it, but the results are the same. I wish this was easier, but WordPress doesn’t allow the changing of a username. For the meantime, if you want to change your admin username, this is the way to do it.
Are you still using the default username on your WordPress blog? You should change it now by following the steps above. Remember, the security of your blog depends on you. All it takes is a few minutes out of your time to improve it. Do you want to learn more ways to secure your WordPress blog? Click here to learn 10 other ways to do it!