There is a very good reason why you should change your WordPress admin username – security. Due to nearly every WordPress website having an admin username, it makes brute-force attacks on your website a little bit easier.

A brute force attack is where hackers will try to log into your website repeatedly with different passwords. They are able to try this no matter what your WordPress username is, but it is likely that they don’t do this manually, they’ll do this via automation that will target multiple websites at once trying to crack the admin password.

If you change the username from Admin to something else, then their automated attacks are likely to fail, as they’d need to manually visit your site to work out which user accounts exist and then guess at which one is the true admin account.

Change WordPress Admin Username

You can change your WordPress admin username by following these simple steps.

1. Log into the Admin section of your WordPress site.

2. Hover your mouse over Users and select Add New.

3. Fill in the required fields and choose Administrator as the role for the account and then finally click onto the Add New User button.

4. Now that your new user has been created, we need to get rid of the Admin username. To do this, you’ll need to log out of the Admin section of your site.

5. Next, log back into your WordPress Admin panel with the newly created username and password.

6. From the left-hand menu click onto Users.

7. Hover your mouse over the Admin user and choose to delete that user.

8. In the Attribute All Posts dropdown select your new admin user and click the Confirm Deletion button.

That’s all there is to it. Your original Admin user has now been deleted with all of their posts assigned to the new admin username that you set up.