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04.18.2013

Renaming WordPress admin user

Knowing how to do this is a critical part of securing your site against the newest brute force hacks

The rapid growth and adoption of WordPress as a publishing platform means that there are many newcomers to our community So while this may be obvious to the many advanced users and developers on this list, please help spread tips like this to new WordPress users and help them maintain a secure site

To rename your WordPress ‘admin’ user:

  1. Sign in as ‘admin’
  2. Create a new user using the steps below
  3. Choose a hard-to-guess username, but don’t make it so difficult that you’ll forget it
  4. Make that user’s role “administrator”
  5. Choose a password that has upper and lower-case letters and numbers in it Symbols are OK too Never use the word ‘password’ in your password, even if it has a different case and includes numbers
  6. Click “Add new user”
  7. Sign out as ‘admin’
  8. Sign in as the new user
  9. Delete your old ‘admin’ user and assign all posts/pages/comments to your new admin user
  10. Congratulations, you now have a more secure WordPress system