When eve we talk about WordPress Security, very first suggestion is to change WordPress default username. As WordPress default username is “admin” and it makes it hackers to attempt a brute-force attack using username admin. Since hackers already have your username, it will make it easier for them to find your password using brute forcing. Specially, if your webhosting is not using any login attempt security or you are not using limit-login WordPress plugin, you might end up losing your WordPress blog access.
If you use fantastico or simple script to install WordPress, you get to change username of your blog. If you are installing WordPress 3.2 or above, you can change and set any other username. But, if you happened to be running a WordPress blog with default username i.e. admin, you need to follow this article and change your username right away.
There are many ways to change your default WordPress username:
- WordPress Plugin: Wp Optimize
PhpmyAdmin is a geeky way but if you enjoy doing most of the thing using Phpmyadmin, you will enjoy this method.
Changing WordPress default user name using PhpMyAdmin
You need to access your PhpMyadmin, which you can do using any WordPress plugin or cPanel. Login to your cPanel and navigate to phpmyadmin.
Once you are inside PhpMyadmin, select your WordPress database and follow next instruction.
Once you are inside the database, look for Wp_users and click on browse button as shown in below image.
Now will see your user name and encrypted form of your password.
Click on the pencil icon to change your WordPress login users name and/or password
Enter the new login username in front of the user_login and/or new password in front of the user_pass
Once you have entered new the login username or/and passwords,click on the drop down right in front of the user_pass and select MD5( this will encrypt your password).
Changing Login username using WordPress Plugin:
As I mentioned above, this method is not for everyone, so lets look at easy way to change WP login username. WP Optimize plugin does many things apart from changing username. Using this plugin you can change admin or anyone username. You can also optimize your database and delete all post revisions. Wp-optimize plugin is easy to use: Simple install & active Wp-optimize plugin. Go to Wp-optimize settings: In the old username field enter “admin” and in new username field, enter your new desire login username. Here is a screenshot for your reference:
Click on process and within seconds your WordPress username will be updated.
There is another trick but that’s a manual process and quite lengthy. In that process:
- Create a new user with admin privilege.
- Login using newly created username.
- Delete admin username.
- Attributes all posts and comments to your username.
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