Quick and Easy Way To Change Your Username

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Do you ever change your username on WordPress?

Don’t be shy, is your current WordPress username “admin”?

When you set up your WordPress website, unless you  specify something else, WordPress chooses “admin” or your email address as your username.  Those are bad usernames because if someone wants to hack your website, the first place they’re going to try is your login screen and the very popular username “admin”.

That’s basically doing 50% of the job for hackers and they know you’re too busy DIYing your website to be bothered with changing your username.

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Before showing you how to change your WordPress username let me give you a couple of examples of other bad WorpdPress username:

  • Child’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Favorite pet’s name.
  • First boyfriend’s name (Please don’t! Why would you want to be reminded of him every time you log into your website? ).
  • Your first car make and model.

The solution is to log into your dashboard right now and to change your WordPress username. I know you’re busy and you’d rather not deal with this right now but this kind of oversight is what ends up costing you a lot of frustrations in the future.  5 minutes of your time is well worth it wouldn’t you agree?

How to change your username.

  1. Create a new username.
  2. Assign the new username the role of administrator.
  3. Log out and log back in as the new username you created.
  4. Delete the “admin” username.
  5. Attribute all content to your new username.
  6. Confirm deletion.
  7. Done.

If you’re a learn by example person, here’s a short video tutorial walking you through how to change your username on WordPress step-by-step.

Protect your hard work and your visitors too! Change the username right now!

Until next time,

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Webly

Comments(12)

  • June 23, 2016, 8:14 pm  Reply

    Thanks for this tip Webly. It is the simplest things like this that can get us into hacker territory. I LOVE your comment about not using an old boyfriend’s name.. great reason not to.

    • Webly
      June 24, 2016, 2:11 am

      LOL Alene I am guilty of using the old boyfriend’s name in the past. No more and you’re welcome.

  • June 23, 2016, 10:56 pm  Reply

    So glad you take on teaching things we might not have thought of.

    • Webly
      June 24, 2016, 2:07 am

      Thank you Roslyn. I enjoy teaching, I am happy to be enjoying serving others doing something I truly enjoy.

  • Webly
    June 24, 2016, 2:04 am  Reply

    Glad you like the value Leanne.

  • Webly
    June 24, 2016, 2:10 am  Reply

    Great that you remember that Periscope episode Habiba. It is indeed a simple step.

  • June 24, 2016, 4:02 am  Reply

    Thanks for this awesome tip. This information is very valuable, Webly.

    • Webly
      June 26, 2016, 2:09 pm

      Glad that it is valuable to you Tandy. Please don’t hesitate if you have any questions.

  • June 25, 2016, 2:02 am  Reply

    Thanks for making it look so easy! Video always makes things that much easier. Great post, Webly!

    • Webly
      July 2, 2016, 1:18 am

      Glad that you find it easy to follow Brenda.

  • Webly
    August 10, 2016, 10:56 pm  Reply

    You’re welcome Saminu. Yep the famous admin and consecutive numbers are very famous.

  • August 12, 2016, 3:43 am  Reply

    You can never warn people too many times about using “admin” or other common user names. Some just have to learn the hard way, but you can’t say you didn’t warn them.

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