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[resolved] Change admin role for security? (7 posts)

  1. xing3811
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I read:

    Perform basic security operations on the WordPress install. This includes changing the admin account to a subscriber access level...

    Is this really necessary in WordPress 3.1? I made a new user, then went to try to change the Admin user to subscriber, but it doesn't let me.

  2. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Where did you read that?

  3. xing3811
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Was just searching Google for info about WordPress security and found this page.

  4. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    That's for clearing up after a site has been hacked - including the insertion of a bogus admin account. Try reading Hardening_WordPress instead.

  5. xing3811
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thank you, that is very in-depth. Where it says:

    Rename the administrative account: On a new install you can simply create a new Administrative account and delete the default admin account. On an existing WordPress install you may rename the existing account in the MySQL command-line client with a command like update tableprefix_users set user_login='newuser' where user_login='admin';, or by using a MySQL frontend like phpMyAdmin.

    My site is existing. Can I still make a new user, then delete admin and tell it to attribute all posts to the new user? If it is necessary to do it the other way for some reason, I would have to ask my host for help.

  6. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

  7. xing3811
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thank you again. That did the trick.

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