I have received many requests from WordPress site owners asking how to rename the WordPress ‘admin’ user. Knowing how to do this is a critical part of securing your site against the newest brute force hacks.
The rapid growth and adoption of WordPress as a publishing platform means that there are many newcomers to our community. So while this may be obvious to the many advanced users and developers on this list, please help spread tips like this to new WordPress users and help them maintain a secure site.
To rename your WordPress ‘admin’ user:
- Sign in as ‘admin’.
- Create a new user using the steps below.
- Choose a hard-to-guess username, but don’t make it so difficult that you’ll forget it.
- Make that user’s role “administrator”.
- Choose a password that has upper and lower-case letters and numbers in it. Symbols are OK too. Never use the word ‘password’ in your password, even if it has a different case and includes numbers.
- Click “Add new user”.
- Sign out as ‘admin’.
- Sign in as the new user.
- Delete your old ‘admin’ user and assign all posts/pages/comments to your new admin user.
- Congratulations, you now have a more secure WordPress system.