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WordPress won’t let you just change your username.

But there is a way around this. And you can change your username in WordPress. It takes a little work, but it is worth it if it will save your blog in the long run. So, here it is…

How to Change Your Username in WordPress

  1. Create a new user with the role of administrator.
  2. Use crazy name.
  3. Immediately change old “admin” user to a “No Role for This Site” role instead of an administrator role.
  4. Change all posts and pages to the new author. (Assuming this is a one person operation)
  5. Delete old user.
  6. Bam! You have changed your username in WordPress.

Well, that is the quick step by step. Now for the detailed version with screenshots. (That would be much easier to understand, right?)

Step 1 – Create a new user with the role of administrator.

From your Dashboard, go down the left hand menu until you get to Users. Either click to get the menu to open up and click “Add New.” Or use the fly-out menu when you hover over it, and click “Add New.”

 

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Step 2 – From this window fill in all of the boxes. Make sure to use a crazy Username, such as the example below. (That example user will be deleted by the time the post goes live.) WordPress doesn’t seem to like strange characters, like %$^, but you can still use a jumble of numbers with capital and lowercase letters. Don’t forget to make this user and Administrator where it says, “Role.”

**Very Important Note 1** – Make sure to have this new username and password written down somewhere so you can get back into your site once you delete the old user.

 

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**Very Important Note 2** – WordPress won’t let you use the same email twice, so if you want to use the same email address, we have to do one more step. Change the email address of the old user to something else. If you don’t have a spare email address, you can always make a free one in gmail. You are only going to need it while you are doing this process, because we are going to delete your old user when we are done. So then you can go back and delete the temporary email address, if needed.

After you have clicked on the “Add New User” button at the bottom, click on “All Users” on the left menu. It will take you to your listing of all of the users and what their roles are for you blog. Click on your new user name to edit the new user. You are going to want to change your “Display Name” to what you want to display to the public. You can always add a nickname in that field to get what you want. Scroll to the bottom and click “Update User.”

 

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Step 3 – Now, to change your old user role. Click on “All Users” on the left menu, again. You will go back to your listing of all of the users and what their roles are for you blog. Click on your old user name to get taken to the “Edit User” page. About ¼ of the way down the page you will see “Role” on the left and a dropdown box to the right of it. Click on the dropdown box to change the role from “administrator” to “No Role for This Site.” Also, to make the next step easier, change the “Display Name” to something different from what your new display name is. Scroll all of the way down the page and click the “Update User” button.

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Step 4 – Next we are going to bulk change the posts and pages authors to your new username. Click on “Pages” to show the list of pages. (1) Click in the little box next to “Title” at the top to check all the pages. Right above that you will see a dropdown box with “Bulk Actions.” (2) Click it and change it to “Edit.” (3) Then click “Apply.” You will see this box show up.

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(4) Click on the “Author” dropdown box and change it to your new user. That will change the author all of your pages to the new user. (5) Click the “Update” button over to the right. And done! (If you have many pages, you will have to do this process for each page of pages. Scroll to the bottom. Click to go to the next pages on the bottom right. Then do the above process for each page.)

Now let’s do the same thing with the posts. Go over to the left and click on “All Posts” under the “Posts.” This will show the lists of posts. Now you are going to do the same thing as you did with pages. (1) Click in the little box next to “Title” at the top to check all the pages. Right above that you will see a dropdown box with “Bulk Actions.” (2) Click it and change it to “Edit.” (3) Then click “Apply.” You will see this box show up.

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(4) Click on the “Author” dropdown box and change it to your new user. That will change the author all of your posts to the new user. (5) Click the “Update” button over to the right. (If you have many posts, you will have to do this process for each page of posts. Scroll to the bottom. Click to go to the next posts on the bottom right. Then do the above process for each page of posts.) And done again!

Step 5 – Go back to your “All Users” page under “Users.” Double check that the old user has 0 post assigned to it. Look all the way over to the right. If it is 0, then just delete the old user. If it isn’t, go back to your posts and make sure you scrolled down to go to the next page of posts and redo step 4.

Step 6 – Bam! You have changed your username in WordPress.

There you go! You have now changed your username in WordPress to a crazy name. Good for you! One more step in making your blog a little safer.

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