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Changing Joomla! Username

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If you speed through the Joomla! installation through Softaculous, you may miss where it asks for the administrator username. By default this will be admin. Typically it is recommended to use something other than the default, to help protect against a bruteforce or other attack imposed on the site. This can only be done while logged into the Administrative account, or via MySQL / PHPMyAdmin

Changing Password Through Joomla! Dashboard

Step One: While logged into your Joomla! Admin dashboard, from the top menu, go to Users and click on Manage.

Step Two: From the list of available users on the site, click on the Joomla! account you are wanting to change the username for.

Step Three: In the Login Name field, enter in the new username that you would like to use for this account.

Step Four: After you have entered in your desired username, you can click Save at the top to save the changes.

The change will be immediate and the new username can be used to access that account now.

Changing The Username Through PHPMyAdmin

Step One: While logged into your cPanel account, navigate to the Database section, and click on PHPMyAdmin.

Step Two: From the PHPMyAdmin interface, select your Joomla! database from the left side. Normally this will have ‘joom‘ in the name if installed via Softaculous.

Step Three: In the list of tables, select the table ending in ‘_users‘. The prefix will depend on what was set in the Joomla! configuration or during installation.

Step Four: In the column that lists username, change the value in the text box to be your desired Username.

Step Five: Once you are done setting the username, scroll to the bottom and click Go to apply the change.

After the change is applied, you will now be able to login with the new username. Note that this will not log you out if you were logged in before making this change.

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