Your first line of protection against hackers, bots, and the rest is the WordPress login tab. Which is why it’s necessary to secure the login tab. There are different ways to encrypt a WordPress login page, such as using HTTP or two-factor authentication or imposing strong login credentials, i.e. Username and password for WordPress.
Not just a popular website building tool, WordPress is a subject of hack attempts. Every single minute of the day, over 90,000 hack attempts are made on WordPress pages. A site owner should no longer take the problem of WordPress protection lightly, considering the current state of cybersecurity. Although there are many ways to protect a WordPress account, the introduction of a powerful username is an important step in hardening the protection of your site.
What is a WordPress Username?
The WordPress login page is the site’s entry point. There is a two-part login page: Username and Password. You can navigate the WordPress dashboard only after you enter both the username and password correctly. Let’s try to understand the function and meaning of the username before explaining what a WordPress username is.
Imagine that the website for WordPress is a house and the home page is the front entrance. A key unlocks the lock. Similarly, user name and passwords are required on the login page. The login username and password together are called ‘login credentials.’ The secret to the website is the login credentials. If a stranger gets his hand on the key, especially the one with bad intentions, he can harm your house a lot (i.e. website). Giving a distinctive, difficult to guess username would also make it virtually impossible for hackers to breach the website.
Now that we know the role of usernames in maintaining a stable WordPress website, let’s go ahead and explain exactly what a WordPress username is. When building your account, a lot of people use the word admin or other usernames that are easy to recall. They are ignorant of how these common usernames are used by hackers to try to break into a site. The first thing they attempt to hack is the WordPress login while someone is trying to guess your credentials to get into the account. If you have a username such as admin, which is easy to guess, the hackers just need to think about the password.
Why do you change your username?
In general, hackers software bots to execute hack attempts to login accounts. It’s called an assault by brute force. Adding numbers, icons and making a character drink make it impossible for bots to guess the credentials. Many users believe it is only limited to having a good password to create a strong credential. But anybody who wants to log in to a WordPress site has to get the right username and password. You will make it difficult for hackers to get into your site by using a good username and password.
When picking a username, there are a few things you need to consider:
It goes without saying that it should be exclusive to the username. Make sure that the username varies from the name of your author. Suppose your name is Ruby. An author page is created when you post something on your web blog. Hackers trying to find out your site’s username might look at the name of the author and try using it as a username. If Ruby is your username, then you end up helping the hacker unwittingly. The username should also be something on the website that hackers can’t find.
Never set ‘admin’ as your username is another thing you should be aware of. Often, make sure you do not forget all of the material that you have written. You will be asked to appoint a new author for the material you have written on your blog while changing the username.
How to Change WordPress Username?
There are three forms for a WordPress username to be modified. You can do it from inside the dashboard of WordPress. Or, from your web hosting account, you can use phpMyAdmin. Or modify the username by using a plugin.
We’ll teach you all approaches in this article.
Change Username From WordPress Dashboard
In the beginning, it’s easier to let the cat out of the bag. WordPress would not make it easy for users to change usernames.
So what we’re going to do is build a new user, grant him the same managerial rights, and transfer the material to the new user that you’ve written. We’re moving here:
Step 1: There are several options on the left-hand side of the WordPress dashboard, and one such alternative is for users. Three more choices emerge as you hover the cursor on users. Choose the one that says Add New. It will take you to a page where a new user can be introduced to the web.
Step 2: Complete the form to ensure that the username is unique and that the email address and password are separate from the one you are currently using. Remember to select the position of administrator.
Step 3: Log out now and then use the new email and password to log in again. You will log in to a new account.
Step 4: Once again, go to the Users tab and uninstall the previous account. WordPress will ask you if you are certain when you hit the Delete button. Click Delete to Confirm.
Step 5: You will then be asked by WordPress what to do about the article the user has written. This material can be attributed to your current user account.
Congratulations! You now have a new username.
Change Username Using Plugin
If you use a mod, it would be considerably simpler. Although there are multiple plugins that will allow us to modify the username of WordPress, the one we will use here is called Username Changer.
Step 1: Like every other plugin, mount and trigger the plugin.
Step 2: If you hover the Users mouse that resides on the WordPress dashboard’s left-hand side, a few more choices may emerge. Right below the Your Profile page, you should be able to see the Username Changer. Pick it.
Step 3: You will be taken to the Username Changer page where the WordPress username can be changed. Don’t hesitate to click Changes Save.
Step 4: Log out now and then use the new email and password to log in again. You will log in to a new account.
Which it is. You’ve got a new, complicated username to infer.
Change Username From phpMyAdmin
This specific approach is a little complicated, and unless you are familiar with the WordPress database, we will recommend that you not follow it. If you are a novice or a professional, we will suggest you to back up your site so that if any accident does occur, you can quickly recover it.
Step 1: Log in to your account with your web host and go to cPanel. Select phpMyAdmin in that region. On HostGator, our platform is hosted, and we are using it for this demo. When you pick phpMyAdmin, the database will be shown.
Step 2: In the phpMyAdmin, select the admin database of your WordPress site.
Step 3: Next, a number of tables would appear. In those, you have to select the ‘wp_users’ table. Information about all users on your site is stored here.
Step 4: Locate the username you want to change, and click on the option Edit.
Step 5: Enter the new username as the userID value on the next tab. Note that the field will turn red when you enter the username. It’s just phpMyAdmin that alerts you to a shift, so don’t be alarmed.
Step 6: Navigate to the bottom of the page until you have updated the WordPress username and hit Go. The adjustment you just made will be saved.
It’s that. You’ve got a new and much more stable username now.
Towards You Over
The first step in protecting your WordPress site is to build a good username and password. We will also encourage you to introduce two-factor authentication and HTTP authentication. Contact us for remarks and questions. Thanking you for caring.