Changing a WordPress Username isn’t a one-step process. In fact, you need to take a few steps to change it. The easiest way is to create a New User with your desired Username and giving it an Administrator User Role.
In this post we will show you how to
- Create a New User
- Delete a User Profile “admin”
- Change your Display Name
How to Create a New User in WordPress
- Log into your WordPress website
- On the left-hand side, scroll down to Users → Add New
- Type in a username
- Fill in the email address associated with the user
- Generate a strong Password
- Assign a Role to the User
There are four roles that you can assign to people who you want to blog with: Administrator, Editor, Author, and Contributor. If you add a user as an administrator, you are granting them full access. This means that they will be able to delete pages, posts, plugins, themes, etc…
How to Delete an “admin” Username
One reason you may need to change your Username, is to remove the “admin” user to improve your website’s security.
In the past, every WordPress installation created a default user with the name “admin“. Hackers know that many older WordPress installations still have the “admin” username. And that knowledge makes your website vulnerable to attack. You can improve your site’s security by creating a new username that is unique to your site and by deleting “admin“. To find out if you still have a username of admin on your website:
Go to Users → All Users and check if a user has the Username admin. We don’t mean the user role of Administrator. If you see admin, follow these steps to delete it:
- Login as admin
- Create a new profile with a unique username and a strong password – you’ll need to use a different email address to do this (you can change it later if you want to)
- Make this New User an Administrator
- Log out
- Log back in as the New User you just created
- Now you can delete the original “admin”
- You will be prompted to either delete this user’s posts or attribute the posts to the new user. Attribute them to the new user. Then click on the “Confirm Deletion” button (as shown below)
Now you can change the email address for this new user back to your preferred email address.
Don’t give out your Username
If you want to give someone access to your site, set them up as a new user. This way you can delete them if you want to revoke access and, if you are both working at the same time, WordPress will make sure that you don’t overwrite each other. Pages or posts will be locked to another user when you are editing.
How to Change Your Display Name
If your website doesn’t have a user with the username “admin”, you may not need to change your Username. Perhaps it is your display name that you want to change.
Your Display Name is the blog author by-line that shows on your blog posts. For added security make sure that your Display Name isn’t the same as the Username. Keep your Username secret. Your display name will be your username unless you change it.
Your Username and your Display Name don’t have to (and shouldn’t) be the same. To change this, click Users → Profile and adjust the field “Display name publicly as“.
You may have started this post because you wanted to change your Username. Now, you’ve also learned how to enhance your website’s security by deleting an “admin” Username and changing your display name.