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3 Ways to Change Your WordPress Username

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3 Ways to Change a WordPress Username

3 Ways to Change a WordPress Username

So you’d like to change a WordPress username on your website?

As you probably already know, WordPress does not allow you to change usernames. In this article, I will show you three different methods to safely change a WordPress username.

Change the Default ‘admin’ Username

If you still have the default WordPress ‘admin’ username, then change it. As usernames make up half of login credentials, keeping ‘admin’ as your username simply makes things easy for hackers using brute force attacks.

  • WordPress has now changed the default username method and requires new installs to select a custom username.

3 Ways to Change a WordPress Username

For those who need to change their WordPress username, and for those who still have the default ‘admin’ username, there are three methods you can employ to change it.

  • Change the username using a plugin
  • Create a new ‘admin’ username and delete the old one
  • Use phpMyAdmin to update the username

All three of these method are covered in this article.

Change a WordPress Username Using a Plugin

Username Changer

A safe and simple way to change a WordPress username is by using a plugin, such as Username Changer.

 

Video Tutorial

Note: Textual instructions follow the video if that’s what you prefer.

 

Note: If you won’t be using the plugin regularly you can safely disable or uninstall the plugin once you have finished changing your WordPress username(s).

Installation Instructions

From your WordPress dashboard

  • Plugins > Add New.
  • Search for, ‘Username Changer’ by Daniel J Griffiths
  • Click on “Install Now”.
  • Click “Activate Plugin” or activate Username Changer from your Plugins page.

With the plugin installed and activated, from the WordPress dashboard click, Users > All Users.

  • Select the Username to change from the Username list and click, Edit. This takes you to the Profile page.
  • Go to the Username field and click, Change Username.
  • Enter a new user name and click, Save Username.
  • Now click the, ‘Click here to log back in’, link.

Log back in using the new username and you are done.

  • Note: The password will not have changed.

As I said earlier, if you won’t be using the plugin regularly you can safely disable or uninstall the plugin once you have finished changing your WordPress username(s).

 

Change a WordPress Username from Admin Dashboard

Create New Username and Delete the Old One

In this section, I’ll show you how to safely change a WordPress username from the admin dashboard, without losing attributed content. This method will create a new username then delete the old one.

Notes:

  • The new username will need to use a different email address than the one used by the old account. This can be changed later.
  • You will need administrator privileges to perform this task.
  • Don’t forget to create a backup, just in case.

 

Video Tutorial

Note: Textual instructions follow the video if that’s what you prefer.

 

 

Let’s get started. From the WordPress dashboard:

  • Click Users > Add New User

On the Add New User page, enter the new unique Username, Email and Password and complete the form with all other information required.

  • You can still use your current password.

If you don’t want an email notification about the new account, uncheck the ‘Send User Notification’ box.

  • Enter new Username.
  • Enter new Email.
  • Click, Show Password button.
  • Enter Password.
  • Uncheck, Send User Notification.
  • Set, Role as Administrator.
  • Click the, Add New User button.

Once that’s all setup, if you are logged in as the user you want to delete, log out and log back in with your new user name.

Now, from the WP dashboard, go back to, Users-> All Users, hover over the user you want to delete and click the delete link.

The next screen allows you to attribute all the content that user has created to your new user. Don’t forget to do this or you will have to re-attribute the content manually for every single post.

Click confirm deletion. You should now have a new user for your website.

Personally, I think using the plugin approach describe above is the easiest method, but everyone to their own.

 

Use phpMyAdmin to Change the Username and Password

Change Your WordPress Username and Password

To change a WordPress username and password in the database using phpMyAdmin is not a trivial task. Don’t try this unless you are familiar with, and happy using phpMyAdmin.

  • Don’t forget to create a backup, just in case.

Why would you need to use this method? Well the two most obvious scenarios are;

  • you’ve lost or forgotten your username and/or password, or
  • your site has been hacked and you are unable to login to your WordPress admin panel.

Knowing how to change a WordPress login username and password using phpMyAdmin is something every administrator should know.

To proceed with this method, click Use phpMyAdmin to Change WP Username and Password.

 

How to Change a WordPress Username Final Note

That’s it, I hope this article helped you learn how to change a WordPress username.

If you have any comment, corrections or items you think should be added to, how to change a WordPress username, please do not hesitate to let me have them in the comment box below.

 


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