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How to Change Your WordPress Username

Are you unhappy with your current WordPress username? Unfortunately, many people create less than stellar usernames at first and it is quite common to change a username. It is important to pick an appropriate username and understand that staff and visitors will see it and the name they see will be one of the first impressions they have of the website.

It’s no secret that usernames need to be an accurate representation of the professionalism of the website and a good way to accomplish this is by using the website’s name, or a shortened version, as part of the username. Keep in mind that some websites can get away with goofier names, but it is tied to the kind of content produced. Today, I will demonstrate how to change your WordPress username.

The Importance of the Username

Usernames are quite important, which is why changing usernames in WordPress is made so easy. Take a second to think about the last time you had a chat with someone from a larger website. Was their username a nickname or catchphrase? Odds are no, they weren’t and there is a good reason for that. Would you feel comfortable discussing business or a serious topic with a representative with FunkyMonkey21 as the username? If you even had to stop and think about it, the answer is no. Most customers only take a split second to decide if they want to do business and you probably just lost a customer in that second.

This may be one of the hardest transitions if you are used to writing in comments sections while using a goofy username, but when you are representing a business then you need to add a bit more seriousness to the message you are sending out and it all starts with the username you pick.

How to Change Your WordPress Username

Today, I will demonstrate how to change your WordPress username. WordPress gives you quite a few options to change your username with. I will cover three methods to change your username. They include using a new username, using a plugin, and directly editing the username stored in the database. I would highly recommend using the first two options before attempting the third, but sometimes there is no choice.

The first method involves creating a new user. When you create a new user you can give it the admin privileges and name it what you want, but you will need a new email account to do this. On the left-hand admin panel click on Users and select the Add New option.

click on Users and select the Add New option.

Fill out the information to create a new user. Make sure you give it the Administrator privileges. Click on the “Add New User” button at the bottom once you are done.

Click on the "Add New User" button

Now click on the “All Users” option. You should now see your current username and your new username. You must sign out of your current username and sign in as the one you just created. Now it is time to delete your old account. When you delete an account you will be asked what to do with all of the content under that username. One of the options is to transfer it to another user. Go ahead and click on the “Delete” option under the old username.

click on the "Delete" option

Choose to Attribute all content to the new username you created. Click on the “Confirm Deletion” button. Once this is done you will now have all of the content from your old username, but with a new name.

Click on the "Confirm Deletion" button.

The next method will be using the Admin renamer extended plugin. Start by going to plugins and click on the Add New option.

Add New

 

Search for Admin renamer extended in the available search box. This will pull up additional plugins that you may find helpful.

Search for Admin renamer extended in the available search box.

Scroll down until you find the Admin renamer extended plugin and click the “Install Now” button and activate the plugin for use.

click the "Install Now" button

On the left-hand admin panel click on Plugins and select the Admin renamer extended option. This will pull up the main settings page of the plugin.

click on Plugins and select the Admin renamer extended option.

The plugin is very simple to use. It will list all of the accounts with administrative privileges. Simply place the name you want in the appropriate text box and click the “Update” button. The main advantage that this method has over the first is that you do not need to use a different email, which can definitely be a deal breaker for some people.

click the "Update" button.

The last method I will demonstrate uses cPanel. The login information is provided by your web host. This method should be a last resort and you should make a backup before attempting it. If you change the username incorrectly you can actually lock your self out of the website. Log in to your cPanel and click on the “phpMyAdmin” option under Databases.

click on the "phpMyAdmin" option

You will see the databases for all of your domains on the left side. WordPress uses the “wp-” prefix, so it should be easy to identify the correct one. Expand the database by clicking on the “+” symbol next to it. The naming can vary, but you should see an option that is named wp-users. In my case, it is called “wpx4-users” and you should click on it. You should see your usernames once inside and if you don’t, then you are in the wrong location.

In my case, it is called "wpx4-users" and you should click on it.

Click on the “Edit” option next to the username you would like to change. Simply, change the value in the user-login field to the desired username and click on the “Go” button when you are done.

click on the "Go" button when you are done.

Congratulations, you now know three different ways to change your username in WordPress. I would recommend trying the plugin first because you do not need to change the email associated with the account, but all three methods should get the job done. Keep in mind that if your web browser stores your login information you will need to change the username.

Keep Your Website Professional

Your website should be treated just like your business and businesses should always be as professional as possible. Keep in mind this does not always apply to every website and some may not even attempt to act professionally, but that is their choice to make. Being professional creates a website that other entities may want to advertise their product on.

Keep in mind usernames are only one part of creating a professional website. You need everything on your website to have the same professional tone, while not ruining the already established attitude of the website.

Why did you decide to change the username on your admin account? Does your new username sound better for business?

Author: Ron Helms

I currently work for GreenGeeks as a Support Technician. My primary roles are supporting our VPS and Dedicated server clients, as well as performing site migrations. With experience in the web hosting industry since 2009, there is rarely a question I can’t help answer. In my spare time, I enjoy gaming and working on cars as an automotive enthusiast.

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