You’ve set your WordPress username to ‘admin’ and realised that it’s not very secure, so now you want to change it. But, WordPress tells you “Usernames cannot be changed”! Well you can, so read on and we’ll tell you how to change your username In WordPress in a simple, straightforward way.
How To Change Your Username In WordPress
To change your username, simply create a new user and delete the old user. However, there’s a little more to it than that so you’ll need to read on…
First off, you can’t use the same email address that you used when you setup your original user. You can use any email address that you have access to as you’ll be changing it again anyway.
Using the new email address, create a new user. Choose something memorable – and obviously more secure than ‘admin’! Set your password and then set the User Role to ‘Administrator’.
Log out of your original account and log back in using the new user account you’ve just set up. Head on over to Users in the admin panel.
You should now delete the original user (admin in this case) however…
Important! Before you delete the original user account but make sure you assign any content to the new user account!
Under “What should be done with content owned by this user?” choose “Attribute all content to” – and here’s where you’ll select the new user account you’ve just set up.
The last step in how to change your username in WordPress is to change your email address back to the one you originally had associated with your now deleted account. Of course, this is optional. If you’re happy getting website notifications to your new email address you can skip this step.
To use your original email address, go to Users and ‘edit’ the new user account. Under ‘Contact Info’ you’ll find ‘Email (required). Simply input your original email address, scroll down and click ‘Update Profile’. You’ll need to confirm your email address by responding to the email you’ll get sent.
That’s it, you’ve successfully learned how to change your username in WordPress!