Change Your Admin Username…or Else!

Change Your Admin UsernameChange Your Admin Username for your WordPress Blog if you want to secure it from hackers.   Many of us set up our username during the WordPress installation as ‘admin’.   Unfortunately ‘admin’ is the first username a hacker will try when they are trying to breaking into your blog.   Once they have your username then all they have to do is figure out your password which is not that hard to do for someone that is determined.

MLMBlogTraining.com recommends if you are using ‘admin’ as your username that you change it ASAP to something that is more secure!

There are plugins and changes to your database that can accomplish this change but I think I have an easier solution.  Just follow the steps outlined below to Change Your Admin Username and you will have made big strides in securing your blog from for those that want to hack your site.

Steps To Change Your Admin Username?

1. Login To Your WordPress Dashboard (Back Office)
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2. Under Users > Click On ‘Add New’

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3. Type In The Information For The New User Account

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Important Info:

  • You need to use a different email address than the one you used when originally setting up your username.
  • Make sure your select ‘Administrator’ as the role.
  • Choose a new ‘username’ that is not similar to your name.
  • Choose a hard to guess password. Suggest you use a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.

4. Click the ‘Add User’ button.

5. Logout of WordPress.

6. Login back into WordPress again….this time use your new username.

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7. Click on ‘Users’ then ‘All Users’

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 8. Move mouse cursor over the ‘admin’ row.  You will see links for ‘Edit’ and ‘Delete’.  Click on ‘Delete’.

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9. Select ‘Attribute all Posts and Link to’ and ten select your new username from the drop-down list.  Make sure you select this option – so all your posts don’t get deleted!

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10. Click on the ‘Confirm Deletion’ Button.

You have now changed your ‘admin’ username and all your blog posts that were created using the ‘admin’ username are reassigned to your new username.

Change Your Admin Username…Now Change Your Password

The reality is that removing the “admin” username will protect you from malicious logins.

However, a bad password makes you very vulnerable to many other kinds of attacks.    Do not use a password that would be easy to guess.   Examples of  bad passwords are:  123456, password, your name, welcome and so on.

Change your password when you change the username from ‘admin’.   And, make sure it is a strong password.

Change Your Admin Username And Other Security Tips

You may want to also change your username if it is something that would be easy for a hacker to guess…like your first name.   And, if you have more than one blog I’d suggest you use a different usename and password on each blog.  This way if one blog is hacked they won’t be able to hack all your blogs.
Now…this will only take you a few minutes Change Your Admin Username (or any easy to guess username) and your password.  Do it now!  Take these simple steps to enhance the security on your blog.

Marsha Godwin

 

Marsha Godwin
Email: Marsha Godwin
www.MLMBlogTraining.com
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Comments

  1. Marsha, thanks so much for this tip. I went through the process of setting up WP on my site that I forgot about changing the Username. I was concerned when I logged in and I saw the note that I could not change the Username. Never thought about deleting it. Also, thanks for the tip on using a different username for each blog. Great tips. Your tips are priceless!

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