How to Change Your WordPress Username? A Simple Guide to Make the Switch Today!
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In this new article, we give you a quick walkthrough on how you can quickly and easily change your WordPress username.
Let’s get started!
These are the Easiest Ways to Change Your WordPress Username
When you start a new WordPress blog your decision-making may not be great as the idea for your site is pretty much forming as you build.
You often find yourself making a whole host of changes as time passes.
And there may be an occasion where you feel that your admin username needs to change.
Unfortunately changing your WordPress username is an option that is not built into the WordPress content management system.
But there are two really easy ways that you can change your WordPress username should you want to do so.
Method 1: Delete your account
Now I know this sounds drastic, but it’s really not as crazy as it sounds and it is necessary if you want to use method 1 to change your username.
Here is how you do it:
- Go to Users in the WordPress back office;
- Click on “Create New User”;
- Fill out the details of the new account in full;
- Set the new account as an administrator;
- Save the new account;
- Go to your old account;
- Click on delete and tick the Attribute content to the user checkbox so that all the content you have written changes to the new username;
- Select the new account on the pull-down menu;
- Confirm deletion of the old account.
And you are done.
You can if you wish then change the new account’s email to the old account’s email.
This gives you an account where just the name has changed.
Method 2: Use a plugin
Please note that we have no affiliation with the plugin used in this example.
- Go to “Plugins” within your WP dashboard;
- Click add new plugin;
- Search for “Easy Username Updater”;
- Download the plugin and activate;
- Go to settings and rename your username and you are done.
Here’s Why You Need to Change Your WordPress Username
It might seem a bit unnecessary to change your username, after all, you could just live with it but there are some very valid reasons why you might want to and really should change your username.
The big reason for changing your login is security. Just as computer security is important so your computer doesn’t get hacked, so is securing WordPress a worthwhile endeavor.
This is particularly relevant if you created your account with the default admin choice as your name.
Admin is the go-to username name for hackers. If if you are using admin as a name then you have already given away half of your login security.
Let’s just hope your password is not 1234.
Another valid reason for a name change is that you want to hand your account over to another user.
Perhaps you purchased your site and “FluffyKitten” is not a name that you want
Alternatively, you may feel that your username needs to change for branding reasons to fit in with the site’s new look and feel.
As you can see there are some very valid reasons.
How to Change Your WordPress Username – Takeaways
Just making a new account and pushing the content affiliation to that account is by far the easiest way to change your WordPress username.
The plugin option is also very easy and works well but when you’re running a self-hosted WordPress blog it is always a good idea to limit the number of WordPress plugins that are installed.
Having lots of plugins can cause conflicts and every plugin you install slowz your site down.
Since you can just make a new account and bounce your content as quickly as installing the plugin there is no real need to use a plugin.
It’s better to have only the plugins installed on your site that you really need.
That’s all for now. I hope that this very quick guide to changing your WordPress username helps.
If you have any questions then feel free to leave them as a comment below and we’ll be sure to respond.
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Hi Moss I changed mine with a plugin. You can also edit it though by adding code. Are you getting login attempts on your site? I was getting them constantly on InfoBunny. I will write another simple How To Guide though.
What an awesome tutorial-concise and easy to follow. I love both cases, that is changing username with and without a WordPress plugin. But, the latter seems a lot easier. However, I was wondering if you have a post on how to change the WordPress admin login URL, (such as mossclement com/admin). How does one change and personalize the default (/admin) at the end on the URL?
Thank you Nikola the post looks great. I will keep an eye on the comments and follow up if anything needs explaining.