WordPress is most popular Content Management System used by majority of bloggers. Even some of the big brands also run their websites on WordPress.
Support service of WordPress throughout the web is such that if you face any problem, then already, there might be a tutorial written on it. Nearly there is a plugin available for every purpose.
Want to do anything with your WordPress site? Just install related plugin.
Along with its popularity, there are lots of drawbacks in it. During install, admin is the default username given to everyone. As it is easily known by anyone, it becomes quite simple for hackers to hack any blog.
Already, one task of guessing username is made simple for hackers. Next thing they only need to apply some great combinations of possible words in the form of password. They may get succeeded in few hours or in few days by applying dictionary words continuously.
Well, there are mainly two ways to change your username in such situation.
- By creating new user and deleting old one from WordPress dashboard.
- Using WordPress Admin Renamer Extended Plugin [Recommended].
#1 By Creating New User
This is the simplest and popular way to change your username from within WordPress dashboard. You don’t need to install any plugin.
Just follow the simple steps to solve the issue:-
- Go to Users> All Users.
- Create new user by clicking Add New button.
- Now you need to logout of current user account and login back with new username.
- Move back to Users> All Users.
- Delete your old user.
Note:- Keep in mind, that when deleting current user from your blog, you need to transfer all your data to new user. Otherwise all you data may get deleted when you delete that particular user.
During deletion of user, choose the option “‘Attribute all content to:” option and choose the user to which you want to transfer that data. Click OK.
All your data is assigned to other user, New User created without any problem. Old user deleted also.
#2 Installing Admin Renamer Extended Plugin:-
As stated above, installing plugin is the simplest solution to get rid of any problem. Here also, we gonna to do something exactly same. Admin Renamer Extended Plugin is such plugin which helps to change your login username. This helps to keep your username separate from public use.
By default, your login username and public username are both same. Anyone can check it. But using Admin Renamer Extended Plugin you will have both types of usernames separate.
Confused? Suppose, your username is qwertyuser. This is the username which you use during login. Also, whenever someone checks slug of current author, it also shows qwertyuser. Both are same.
Hackers usually applies this tactic to guess username. And sometimes get succeeded.
But using this plugin, your public username and login username will both be different. This way hacker will never come to know about your real login username. This is what this plugin does.
For ex. – After install and creating new username, you will have your login username NewLoginUsername. Which is known only by you. And your author slug will be old one which you had before this.
Install this plugin, Go to Plugins> Admin Renamer Extended.
Put new username and click Update.
After changing username, you can immediately uninstall it. Changes made will not revert.
Having your username different from public username helps to hide your login info. Now this becomes very tough for anyone to get into your WordPress dashboard even if he knows your password.
One has to guess two things now, one your username and other password.
All popular WordPress blogs usually use this trick. Having login information separate.
What do you think about keeping your login info separate from public?