Last updated on August 1st, 2018 at 06:19 pm
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My purpose is to help you with the techie aspects so you can start, grow and monetize your blog. In today’s tutorial, I am going to show you how to change your WordPress admin username to protect your blog.
Hopefully, you used one of my methods of installing WordPress. If so then you most likely did not use “admin” as the username.
However, if you used another method or used the “famous one-click method” you’re probably using the infamous “admin” as the username. If so then today is the day to start taking some precautionary measures to protect your blog.
After you finish reading this article, you will have taken one important precautionary measure to protect your blog.
So let’s get started.
Why It’s Important to Take Steps to Protect Your Blog
This tutorial won’t take long, and it may not even seem that important.
While this won’t actually guarantee that you won’t get hacked.
Unfortunately, hackers are smart and thousands of WordPress sites are compromised.
However, this will help you add some protection to your blog.
As a DIY blogger or someone who wants to make a living with the popular platform, it’s important to take some basic WordPress security tips.
The tips that I teach on this blog are very basic, even a non-techie person can implement them all. Plus, my tutorials will help you follow along so you won’t get lost.
The last thing you want to do is neglect the security of your WordPress blog.
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How to Change Your WordPress Admin Username Protect Your Blog
Step 1: Login to Your WordPress blog
By now you should know how to log into your blog, if not read this.
Users >> Add New
We want to add a new user to your WordPress blog. This is the one that is going to replace your current Admin user.
Let’s run through the settings of the image, this way you know what to put in the text lines.
Username: Enter your username (it can’t be changed)
Email: Use a valid email as this is where you will get emails regarding your WordPress blog if there are notifications or comments that need approval.
First Name: Use your name
Last Name: Just as it suggests, enter your last name.
Website: You can stick the URL of your website here
Password: I love using this to create strong passwords.
Send User Notification: Keep this checked if you want to receive an email with your username and password.
Role: Be sure that you select “Administrator” If you need to know more about the WordPress user roles, read this.
Once you have filled everything out to your satisfaction, click on “Add new user.”
Congratulations you’ve now created a new admin user.
Let’s Delete the Old Admin Username
I don’t like to have to “admin” users on my account unless I absolutely have to. Plus if you leave your current “admin” user, your blog is still susceptible.
By default, WordPress does not allow you to delete your primary admin user. You might think it’s impossible to delete it, but it’s really not. So let me walk you through the process of deleting it.
Change User Role of Your Admin User
In order to do this, we need to access all the users on your WordPress blog. Go to
Users >> All Users
This will bring up all your users.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to delete your primary user you created when you first installed WordPress.
Log out of WordPress and Log Back In With New User
Hopefully, you memorized the password for the new user you created. Now it’s time to log out of WordPress and log back in with your new user login information that you just created.
Users >> All Users
Now you should be able to see the delete button under your “admin” username.
If you have any posts or pages that are tied to your “admin” user you will have to option to assign them to your new user.
Once you’ve assigned your content to your new user, click on “confirm the deletion.”
You’ve Just Deleted Your Admin User
Now you’ve taken an important step to securing your blog. You can start writing your first blog. Unfortunately, in order to manage and grow your blog, there are maintenance tasks that you need to take care of every so often.
If you’re a DIY blogger who wears all the hats in your business, you are responsible for taking care of these issues. If you’re not sure what the tasks are, read this.
Final Take Away
Starting a WordPress blog is extremely easy. If you’ve decided to use WordPress as your blogging platform, unfortunately, you need to learn the techie basics.
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