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WordPress Login Tip: Make sure to delete the Admin account on older installs

Christoph Trappe

November 28, 2013

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If you have had a WordPress-powered site for a while, chances are that you are using an account that has the “admin” WordPress login name. It used to come by default for the first account of a new site unless you changed it.

We have had a few sites that have run/are running on WordPress and we never changed it to get started.

Then came the news that this was an easy way for hackers to get into a site with this account. We saw the news and didn’t do much with it. Probably wasn’t going to happen to us, right? Wrong.

At least two of our live sites were hacked. One’s database (aka all stories) was completely deleted by the hackers. Good thing we had a backup of the site. The friendly folks at Bluehost helped us restore the site. We couldn’t even log into it.

Once it was back up we started working on deleting the ADMIN account. If you haven’t done this on your site, please consider doing it. It’s fairly easy to do.

  • Log in.
  • On the left, click on USERS. Then ALL USERS
  • Take a look at the listed accounts and delete the ones that shouldn’t be there. (I found additional accounts that I hadn’t setup there after the hacks.)
  • Click on ADD NEW to create the account that will replace the ADMIN account. Note that you’ll have to use a different email address and can’t use the one associated with the ADMIN account.
  • Make sure to set the new account’s role to ADMINISTRATOR.
  • Return to the USERS page (image below) and verify that the second account is listed and listed as an ADMINISTRATOR.
  • Now delete the ADMIN account. To do that, log out and login with the new account. Return to the USERS page and delete the ADMIN account.

Note: Newer WordPress installations don’t suggest the default ADMIN account any longer.
WordPress user dashboard


Christoph Trappe

Hello and thanks for stopping by. I'm Christoph Trappe and I'm the Vice President of Content Marketing Strategy, Americas, at ScribbleLive, which is based in Toronto and is a global content marketing software company. Before I started at ScribbleLive I was VP of Content Marketing and Conversion at MedTouch, a Boston-based company that helps healthcare organizations with digital marketing. I've written two books, speak at conferences around the globe and blog frequently on here. I love sharing my stories and helping organizations share theirs. If you need help, just visit the Contact Me page in the navigation and drop me a note. I'm always happy to chat! Thanks for reading! - Christoph ctrappe@christophtrappe.com 319-389-9853

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