How to Remove WordPress Default Admin User via the Dashboard

WordPress allows you to change the default username as well as create a very strong password upon installing… However, some webmasters choose not to implement these good security measures..

A good security procedure is not to select Admin as your WordPress administrator username.. instead use something different and unique which can’t be guessed easily..

If admin is used, the bad guys only have to guess the password, since the username (Admin) is widely used in website brute force attacks… If you select a unique name for the administrator and a very strong password, this makes it much more difficult for anyone to easily brute force your account by using combination of popular usernames and passwords..

So, to make your WordPress website difficult to brute force, change your admin username if you haven’t already done so… For help, use the steps below:First logon to your WordPress dashboard and create a new user account… Select a unique username for this account.. It will serve as the new administrator account once we delete the original…

To create a new account, navigate to Users > All Users and you will see a list of existing users on the site.. If the admin account is not on the list of users, then you may have selected a unique username for the administrator account… and your job is done..

If you seen an admin account, follow the steps below to remove..

WordPress remove admin

To create a new user with unique username, Click the Add New button and proceed to fill in the required information for the new user… Make sure the choose unique username for the account..

WordPress remove username

In the Role drop down make sure to select Administrator as the new user’s role. Once done click the Add New User button to create the user. After the user is created you will be redirected to the users list…

Delete the old administrator

Now that you’ve created a new administrator account with a unique username and stronger password… go and delete the original administrator account…

To do that, log out of your site and log in using the newly created administrator account… You can’t be logged in as the original administrator and delete the same account..

After logging on to the dashboard with the newly created account,  head over to the Users list and select the original admin account and delete…

If the administrator account you wish to delete has content, make sure you check the Attribute all content to radio button and select the newly created administrator account…

If you do not choose to attribute all content to the new account,  all content created by the original administrator account will be deleted along with the account..

When all is set, click Confirm Deletion button to complete the process… Now your WordPress site is a bit secure because you’re using a unique admin name..

That’s it! You have successfully removed an administrator account from WordPress!

You may also like the post below:

Install Roundcube Webmail on Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.04 with Apache2, MariaDB and PHP 7.2

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.