How to change WordPress username from default admin? – WordPress admin dashboard

Amarnath Prabhakar July 31, 2009 0

We have heard news of WordPress blogs getting hacked for reasons like a jealousy, hate, advantage. One of the ways to avoid getting hacked in to change your username.

We will in this article look at the step by step procedure to change the deault WordPress username, admin, to some other word. This is necessary cause all of us know that the default username for all WordPress self hosted blogs is “admin”. This is a known fact and this only makes it a lot easier for the hackers in their hacking. Let us look at the process of changing the username.

Step 1

Log into your WordPress blog using your default username and the password that you chose while setting up the blog.

Step 2

One you’ve logged in, look for the users link on your admin page. This link will be there in the top right corner of your admin page (Till WP version 2.6). For WordPress versions greater than 2.6 you will see the users link on the left panel of the admin page.

Step 3

The users link once clicked will take you to a page where you will see the current user details and below that will be a form for you to add new users

Fill in all the details and in the field which says “Role” ensure that the “Administrator” is chosen before you click in Add User button.

Step 4

Once you have created a new user, logout of your admin page. Once logged out, login again and this time with the username and the password you’ve created.

Step 5

Once logged in and in your admin page, click on the users link. This will take you to the users page. This time you will see two users in the list, one the default admin and two the username you created. Choose the username admin with a click of the radio button and Click on the delete button above the table.

Step 6

Once you have run through the steps and deleted the admin username, you will see a confirmation page. This page will ask you to confirm deletion.

Remember deleting the username admin will delete all the posts created using that ID. To avoid this ensure that you choose the option “Attribute all posts and links to” and choose the username that you want these posts to be attributed to from the drop down menu.

After the six steps you have created a new user and removed the default admin user from your WordPress Blog. You can create as many users with administrative rights in the same manner.

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