Hands up if your WordPress username is “admin”. Did you know that using the default admin username is a security risk?
WordPress is so widely used that hackers know about the admin username, and that’s a super common way for them to try to gain access to your site. ‘Cos if they already know half your login, the job is half done, isn’t it?
So today we’re going to fix that. I’ll show you how to change your WordPress admin username to boost your site’s security.
If you’re setting up a new site
If you’re about to set up a new WordPress site, this is the simplest time to change the admin username. When you install WordPress, you set the site administrator’s username.
So don’t use the default “admin” option. Type in something more personal to you, that’s going to be much harder for others to guess. And for extra security don’t just use your first name either. Just as you choose a strong, hard to guess password, choose a more complicated username, and try mixing in numbers, and both upper and lowercase letters.
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If you’re already using “admin”
If you’ve already been using the “admin” username, don’t worry, it’s still easy to fix.
Firstly, you need to create a new administrator account for yourself. Check out this post for a step by step guide: How to add new users to your WordPress site. Note that you’ll need to use a different email address but you can change this once you’ve deleted the “admin” account.
Now login to the site using your new account. Go to Users > All Users, hover over the “admin” account and click “Delete”.
To make sure you don’t lose any of your content, make sure you check “Attribute all content to:” and choose the new account you just created. Then click “Confirm Deletion” and you’re done.
If you want, you can now change the email address on your new account to the one associated with your old account.
And that’s it. If you’d like to learn more about keeping your site secure, check out this list of essential plugins for your site, including my favourite security plugins, and this guide to managing site updates and backups.
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