There are several reasons why you would want to rename the default WordPress administrator account that you are using. One of the most common reasons is to improve the security of your WordPress blog or website and protect it from targeted WordPress brute force attacks. In this easy to follow WordPress tutorial we will explain how to rename the default WordPress administrator account using phpMyAdmin, a web based MySQL server administration interface.
Rename WordPress Administrator Account with phpMyAdmin
- Login to your hosting provider CPanel and Click on phpMyAdmin icon from the Databases section.
- Select the WordPress database and navigate to the wp_users table in the Structure node as highlighted below by clicking on it. If you do not know the name of your WordPress database, you can find it in the wp-config.php file in the root of your WordPress blog or website.
- As you can see from the below screenshot, in this installation we have only 1 username and has an “admin” username. Click on the Edit icon (highlighted in the below screenshot) to modify the user’s properties.
- Change the entry in the user_login row to change the username. In the below screenshot example we configured a new username called M4ig81Tr. Click on Go to save the changes.
Once you are ready, navigate back to your WordPress Administration Screens (wp-admin) and login using the new configured username.