How to change your User Name in WordPress

This week has seen a rather large scale attack of a bot network that specifically targets the “admin” user in WordPress installations. This means that if your site as a user called “admin” then your site is under threat of being a potential target.

No matter if you’re using “admin” as an active user or not: if it exists, your site is at risk. Period.

In this podcast I’ll show you how to change your user name. Sadly this isn’t as easy as just amending “admin” to something else; you’ll have to create a new user, then delete the “admin” user from your site. Don’t be afraid though, I’ll cover each and every step in detail and explain why this is necessary.


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Thanks to Richard Bagnall for bringing this to my attention 😉

Jay is the CEO and founder of WP Hosting, a boutique style managed WordPress hosting and support service. He has been working with Plesk since version 9 and is a qualified Parallels Automation Professional. In his spare time he likes to develop iOS apps and WordPress plugins, or draw on tablet devices. He blogs about his coding journey at and

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