Last week I told you about the Wordfence plugin and how you should have your user name be anything but “admin.” And after “admin” it should not be something obvious, like your name or your blog’s name. I keep getting hackers/bots trying to login with tiaskitchen. (Hint to hackers and bots- It ain’t gonna work.)
And the best thing would be to have some jumbled mess for a login name.
Then someone brought up a good point. (cough) Thank you, Tessa the Domestic Diva! (/cough)
WordPress won’t let you just change your username.
But there is a way around this. And you can change your username in WordPress. It takes a little work, but it is worth it if it will save your blog in the long run. So, here it is…
How to Change Your Username in WordPress
- Create a new user with the role of administrator.
- Use crazy name.
- Immediately change old “admin” user to a “No Role for This Site” role instead of an administrator role.
- Change all posts and pages to the new author. (Assuming this is a one person operation)
- Delete old user.
- Bam! You have changed your username in WordPress.
Well, that is the quick step by step. Now for the detailed version with screenshots. (That would be much easier to understand, right?)
Step 1 – Create a new user with the role of administrator.
From your Dashboard, go down the left hand menu until you get to Users. Either click to get the menu to open up and click “Add New.” Or use the fly-out menu when you hover over it, and click “Add New.”
Step 2 – From this window fill in all of the boxes. Make sure to use a crazy Username, such as the example below. (That example user will be deleted by the time the post goes live.) WordPress doesn’t seem to like strange characters, like %$^, but you can still use a jumble of numbers with capital and lowercase letters. Don’t forget to make this user and Administrator where it says, “Role.”