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 is the same as 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 For example, if you forced to register online, you can use 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.

Of course, I don’t want to forget that is also the same as Mail from either address goes to your inbox. This is probably because they can’t use 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.

MT tips and tricks

So I’ve been tweaking Movable Type a lot to customize it for my website. Actually, I had a lot of stuff done to the site before, but after I migrated to the new host, I couldn’t remember all the little changes I did. So I’m going to start posting to a new category dedicated to documenting all the little hacks and plugins that I use. Hopefully the next time I have to change something, I’ll have everything ready to go. To start off, here’s a list of all the sites that have been super helpful to me.

Of course, there are the MT forums.

The official MT plugins directory.

Tips and tricks from the girlie.

The scriptygoddess.

A links blog about Movable Type, other elements of design, and web page building.

Learning Movable Type: Tutorials and helpful tips for beginners.

My own MT

Finally I have my own version of MovableType. My host had it preinstalled, leaving me with little control. I deleted all the sql tables, did a fresh install, and imported everything back, templates and entries.

Now I can fully customize this baby complete with plugins and hacks. I just can’t figure out why my archives are so fat. It’s late, the code is hurting my eyes.