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How to Change Default Admin Username In WordPress

In a previous article, we discussed how to change the default WordPress Admin URL with a plugin. And now, we will discuss how to change the default Admin Username. Now we will talk about how to change the default admin username in WordPress with three simple methods. But a big question arises here— why do we need to change the default WordPress admin username?

As discussed in a previous article, WordPress always uses the default Admin URL like https://www.example.com/wp-login.php for a newly installed website. Everything is just like on a plate and ready to eat. It is effortless for hackers to access your website within minutes, hours, or maybe in some days, depending on the hacker’s skills.

Methods to Change the Default Admin Username.

1. Manually Change the default Username in WordPress

Nowadays, A Most reliable, simplest, and easy method to change the default username in WordPress is to do it manually. Following are the steps to change the Username:

Add a New User

  1. Login to your WordPress Account. Tap on Users on the Left-hand menu. Now, choose “Add New.” Fill In the required Information, and set a more complicated to remember Username. Then tap on Administrator so that this user has administrator rights.
  2. Log out of the default user account by tapping the menu on the top right corner & choosing Log out.
  3. Now, Log In with a new user account, which you had created having Admin rights. After Logging In with the new Admin Account, hover to the user’s section and view all users. Now select default admin and click “Delete.”
  4. To save all the contents you have previously created with the default admin account, tick on Attribute all content. And from the pop-up menu, choose the new admin username. Now Confirm Deletion.

2. Use plugins to change the Username

Sometimes, a newbie can not understand the above (Method steps, it is not easy to understand each & everything in a short period, and this weak point of the beginner became a loophole for hackers. So, beginners can use Plugins to change the default username. Plugins can change the Username instantly.

We have some good and most commonly used plugins like:

  1. Admin Renamer Extended
  2. Username Changer
  3. WPVN – Username Changer
  4. Changing Username from cPanel

Although changing the default Username from cPanel Is not recommended for beginners as it has many complications, the user could lose access to their website. The steps are listed below.

  1. Log in to cPanel.
  2. In the Databases section of the cPanel home screen, search for phpMyAdmin.
  3. If you have more than one website installed, identify the database related to your website to change the Username.
  4. In the left-hand menu of phpMyAdmin, click the WordPress database. A list of tables in the database appears.
  5. Click the “wp users” table.
  6. In the “user login” column, locate the default username.
  7. Double-click the Username, type the new Username, and then press Enter.
  8. Log in to WordPress using the new Username.
  9. Under Dashboard, click Users, and then click Your Profile.
  10. Under Name, update the First Name, Last Name, Nickname, and Display name publicly as options for the account.
  11. Click Update Profile.

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