Whenever we talk about WordPress security, the very first suggestion is to change the WordPress default username.
As the WordPress default username is “admin”, hackers already have your username, and it makes it easier for them to find your password using brute force.
If your web hosting does not use any login attempt security or a 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 the username of your blog. If you instal WordPress 3.2 or above, you can change and set any other username. But, if you happen to be running a WordPress blog with a 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
PHPMyAdmin is a geeky way, but if you enjoy doing most of the thing using PHPMyAdmin, you will enjoy this method.
Changing WordPress default username 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 the image below.
Now, you will see your username and the encrypted form of your password.
Click on the pencil icon to change your WordPress login users name and password.
Enter the new login username in front of the user_login and new password in front of the user_pass.
Once you have entered the new login username or/and password, click on the drop down present in front of the user_pass and select MD5 (this will encrypt your password).
There is another trick but that’s a manual process, and quite lengthy to be honest. In that process:
- Create a new user with admin privilege.
- Log in using the new username.
- Delete admin username.
- Attribute all posts and comments to your username.
Of all the methods, a plugin is the fastest and the easiest method to change WordPress default usernames. If you are still using admin as your WordPress login name, follow any of the above methods and make your WP blog more secure.
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