Changing a username in WordPress

If you set up a WordPress blog, you might find that you’ve created your first user account – probably yours – and might have wanted to either use a slightly different version or perhaps a different letter-case. When I migrated this blog over to WordPress, I created the user “nick.” Which is OK except that in the design, it was appearing as lower-case which is not what I wanted. I wanted “Nick.” If you’ve ever tried to change this setting in WordPress, you will have come accross this message:

Usernames cannot be changed.

And they mean it.

The easiest way I found to get around this, though a little time-consuming, is to simply follow these steps :

  1. Create a new User with Administrator priveledges
  2. Log-in to your admin section using this new user
  3. Go to the “Users” tab and tick the checkbox next to the username you wish to modify (in my case, “nick”). In the “Bulk Actions” drop-down, select “Delete” and then click on “Apply.” If you have created or imported posts at this point, you will have two options: 1) Delete the posts or 2) Associate the posts to a different User. Select the second option and associate the posts to the new user you created (the one you are currently logged in as). Accept these changes.
  4. Create a new user – the one you originally wanted to create – and give him “Administrator” rights.
  5. Log out and Log back in using your new user.
  6. Repeat step 3 but delete the previous user you created this time.

Voila. You now have your main user with the exact name or letter-case you wanted.

21 thoughts on “Changing a username in WordPress”

  1. мню, еще в юности эта фраза встретилась мне в какой-то книжке, и я долго не знал, что принадлежит она Оскару Уайльду. Мысль меня тогда поразила, как все парадоксальное. Потому что мы-то жили согласно поговорке «по одежке встречают, по уму провожают». Здесь все было понятно: как ни наряжайся, а глупость не скроешь. И вообще, дело не во внешности, а в истинных твоих, то есть внутренних достоинствах. Взрослые говорили: главное, какой человек.

    При этом глубоком убеждении мы все же тщательно следили за своей внешностью. В юности человек круглосуточно не сходит с подмостков. Поэтому надо выглядеть. Иначе зачем мама старательно перешивает для меня куртки старшего брата, а я свои непослушные волосы мучаю бриолином? Нет, все имеет отношение именно что к чему-то главному во мне.

    Вернее, во мне все главное, потому что все — мое, и мой внешний вид, голос, жест и есть Я в самом при этом неоспоримом своем проявлении. И ни одна девочка не согласится с песней, что вот, мол, «не родись красивой, а родись счастливой». Каждая хочет быть красивой и знает: это и есть самый короткий путь к счастью. А дурнушки пусть читают на школьных вечерах Заболоцкого про то, что такое красота: «Сосуд она, в котором пустота, или огонь, мерцающий в сосуде». Скучно и нужно только для тех, кому не повезло.

    Фраза пришлась кстати. Вот, например, в книге или в кино сразу видно, когда появляется предатель или бандит. Руки у него потеют, улыбка фальшивая, брюки и рукава куртки короткие, наигранный смех, а взгляд при этом отводит в сторону — обдумывает, как бы лучше обмануть. Остальные герои просто наивные, не сразу замечают. Но мы-то видим сразу. Да и в жизни тот, кто нам неприятен, имеет, как правило, отталкивающие манеры, внешность и даже фамилию. По манере одеваться легко можно определить, кто щелкопер, а кто кинозвезда.

    Но все мы еще при этом и идеалисты, ибо свято убеждены в собственной нравственной непорочности. Искренне верим в то, что говорим, и думаем, что думаем то, что думаем в данную минуту, а хотим того, чего хотят все хорошие люди на земле. Тут и соображать ничего не надо — достаточно посмотреть в глаза, которые ведь никогда не лгут (эта поговорка годилась).

    Боже, с какой наивностью и бесстрашием можно было тогда предложить посмотреть в глаза и как хороша была жизнь в лучезарно-одномерном мире!

    А для солдат совсем чужая сторона. Я знаю – времечко пришло.

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