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Changing the Default Admin Username

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Wordpress is a great website content management system which also makes it a big target for hackers. One flaw is the use of the admin login name 'admin'. We want to show you how and encourage you to change this over quickly to cut down on hacking attempts.

Change the Name Manually by Adding a New User and Deleting the old 'Admin' User

This method is very easy and anyone can do it right away to have a more secure admin username for a WordPress site. The main logic is to add a new user and assign administrator role, delete the default admin and attribute all content of the old admin to the newly added one.

1) Add a New User

Log into your WP Admin Dashboard. From the left-hand menu, hover to Users and choose Add New.
Add a new User Wordpress Menu

2) Save the New User

Fill in all required information and remember to create a harder-to-remember username (that’s our purpose). In the Role drop-down menu, choose Administrator so that this new user has the rights as an admin. Then click Add New User.
Add a new Wordpress Admin User

3) Logout of the Admin Account

Hover to the top right of your screen and log out.
Logout of Wordpress

4) Login with the new User Account

Now log in again to your Dashboard using the new user account.
Login to Wordpress Admin Area

5) Delete the Original Admin Account

Choose to view All Users in Users section. Hover to the default admin and click on Delete.
Delete Original Wordpress Admin User

6) Confirm That You Want to Delete the Account

To save all the contents you have previously created with the old admin account, tick on Attribute all content to. And from the drop-down menu choose the new admin username.

Finally, Confirm Deletion.
Delete a Wordpress User

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