How to change your WordPress admin username

So after my post on why you should change your WordPress admin username, my friend Brad asked me how to go about changing it. So here’s a brief run down.

  1. Log in to your WordPress admin area.
  2. In the Users menu, click on “add new”.
  3. Fill in the info for the new user account. 
    • You’ll need to use a different email address than what you used for the “admin” username.
    • Make sure you change the role to “Administrator”.
    • Choose a new user name that is different than the name you publicly display on your blog. For example, I wouldn’t use “jen” as my username – because that would be too easy for someone to guess.
    • Choose a strong password.
  4. Click on the ”Add User” button.
  5. Log out of WordPress.
  6. Log in to your WordPress again, using your new username.
  7. Click on “Users” in the “Users” menu.
  8. Move your mouse over the “admin” row. You’ll see links for “Edit” and “Delete”. Click on “Delete”.
  9. Select “Attribute all posts to” and then select your new username from the drop-down list. Make sure you select this option — so all your posts don’t get deleted!
  10. Click on the ”Confirm Deletion” button.

Now that you’ve changed your admin username — all your blog posts that were created using the “admin” username will be reassigned to your new username.

The Dot, Plus, and Googlemail Gmail Hacks

Here are some neat things I’ve found recently. They might not be new, but I think I need to jot them down here so I won’t forget these tips. These hacks could be helpful for fighting or tracing spam.

The Dot

Apparently, Gmail does not recognize the dot (or capitalization either) in gmail addresses. So yourusername@gmail.com is the same as your.user.name@gmail.com and all the different combinations are sent to your inbox.

The Plus

Did you know you have an unlimited amount of aliases with Gmail? You can receive messages that are sent to your.username+any.thing.you.want@gmail.com. For example, if you forced to register online, you can use Your.user.name+some.spammy.site@gmail.com. If you start getting spam, you ‘ll know who gave your address away and you can probably then set up a filter to automatically direct those messages to, oh, say, THE TRASH.

Googlemail.com=gmail.com

Of course, I don’t want to forget that yourusername@gmail.com is also the same as yourusername@googlemail.com. Mail from either address goes to your inbox. This is probably because they can’t use gmail.com in Europe. Just a reminder though, you’ll need to login with the original address you signed up with and some websites won’t accept symbols as valid email addresses. Still, I think these are pretty neat tricks.