If you are using “admin” for your user name on your WordPress site, you are a sitting duck to hacking attempts from Bots.
These automated attacks run a program to target vulnerable WordPress sites. If they can get into the site through “admin” they only have to figure out your password. It is not unusual for people to be using “admin” for their user name and “password” or “1234” as their password. This is not good, people!
The most common reasons people get hacked are bad username and passwords and not keeping WordPress versions, plugins and themes updated. And unfortunately, these sins often co-occur by people who do not know better.
Many installations of WordPress come with “admin” as the username. Once it has been assigned, it can be a bit tricky to change your username from “admin”. Here are the steps to change your username from “admin”:
1. Assuming your new username is going to have the same email address, you are going to have to change your current user name’s email address (you can’t create a new username with the same email as one that’s already active). Change your current user’s email to your alternative email address.
2. Add your new username with a secure password.
3. Go to your posts and make sure to change the author on all the posts from your old “admin” author to the username you’ve just created. You can do this quickly by checking all the posts, selecting to bulk edit them, and change the author.
4. Delete your old username with name “admin”.