Why to change WordPress Default Admin Username ?
WordPress is one of the most used Content Management System for bloggers content publishers and organizations across the world. It is also the most favorite site for hackers to attack. WP Login page and admin user is the most familiar thing across all WP installations. Using Brute Force or Dictionary attacks, bots enter the random combination of passwords until they crack the right one.
We generally have Strength meter for the password which should have a minimum of eight characters, special character and one capital letter. Same should apply for username too – weirder the safer – say Hawk#67[queen]!. Changing the default username reduces the time taken by bots to crack your credentials by 50%. Make your WP Install more secure by changing username now.
Steps to change WordPress username:
- Let’s take a Backup or Snapshot of your current WP install. If in case anything goes wrong it’s always better to be safe than to be sorry.
- Install Easy Username Updater WordPress Plugin.
- Once the plugin is activated, proceed to Users >> Username Updater.
- Select the user whose username has to be updated. Click on update link in the same row. You will see the following setting.
- Select username that doesn’t contain personal details about you like First name, Last name and any other personal information that is out in your public domain. Once done click on Update username.
- Since the change is committed to the database, and you can now say Goodbye to this plugin. It’s no more needed. It’s always advisable to keep a minimum number of plugins active on your current WordPress Installation.
Change admin username in WordPress
Follow these steps to change your default WordPress admin username:
- Login into your WordPress admin panel using your admin account.
- Go to WP Admin > Users area from your dashboard panel, and click on “Add New User”.
- Fill in the form and choose ”administrator” in the ”Role” drop down menu (remember to use a strong web password and also use the provided password strength indicator to confirm that your new password is strong enough).
- When finished, click on the ”Add New User” button.
- Log in again using your new WordPress admin username.
- Navigate to the ”Users” area again.
- In the users list select the previous “admin” username and select ”Delete” from the drop-down menu.
- When deleting the old admin, you will be asked about the articles posted under the the previous ”admin” username. Select the option “attribute all posts and links to:” and select your new administrator. When all set, click “Confirm Deletion”.
This doesn’t’ end here! Always use different “display name” from the username. If the actual username is used as display name of the content author, a hacker will easily identify username and target the account.
Happy and safe blogging with WordPress Platform.