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  • I have a lot of subscribers to my blog at and the account name “admin” keeps making posts automatically! I deleted the admin account and then created my own account with the name admin, i then set it’s user role to subscriber so that it would not have the ability to post. IT STILL POSTS! I don’t know how to make it so that it will not post anymore, does anyone have any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance!

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  • Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    Clarification question.

    By this:

    the account name “admin” keeps making posts automatically

    Do you mean
    a) Every time I make a post, it shows up as “Admin” as the author?
    b) There are posts I don’t want that suddenly appear, with “Admin” as their author?

    For (a), WordPress should be defaulting to your logged in ID as the author of posts. Go to the post screen and see who is listed as authors. If you’ve correctly changed the user ID, as you seem to have, then admin shouldn’t show up there at all.


    I have tried deleting admin but it will reappear by itself later on…

    I have tried to set it’s permissions so that it cannot post but it for some reason still posts… I don’t get it!

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    What are the posts? It might be a plugin doing this or a hack, but without knowing exactly what’s being posted…

    It posts relevant content but links to other websites… I deleted all the ones it had posted so nothing to show for it now 🙁

    Is there something you would recommend I do next time this happens?

    thanks for the help btw Ipstenu !

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    Delete the admin account. Do not recreate it. Since your ID is an admin, that should suffice.

    Then list all your plugins here, maybe someone has an idea.

    The thing is I have deleted it numerous times… it will create an admin account on it’s own!

    Here are my current plugins that are ENABLED, should I list all even if DISABLED?


    Plugin Description
    Plugin Description
    AddThis Social Bookmarking Widget Help your visitor promote your site! The AddThis Social Bookmarking Widget allows any visitor to bookmark your site easily with many popular services. Sign up for an account to see how your visitors are sharing your content–which services they’re using for sharing, which content is shared the most, and more. It’s all free–even the pretty charts and graphs.

    Activate | Edit | Delete Version 1.5.4 | By The AddThis Team | Visit plugin site
    Akismet Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. You need a API key to use it. You can review the spam it catches under “Comments.” To show off your Akismet stats just put <?php akismet_counter(); ?> in your template. See also: WP Stats plugin.

    Activate | Edit | Delete Version 2.2.6 | By Matt Mullenweg | Visit plugin site
    All in One SEO Pack Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog. Options configuration panel | Donate | Support | Amazon Wishlist

    Deactivate | Edit Version 1.6.7 | By Michael Torbert | Visit plugin site
    Contact Form 7 Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.

    Settings | Deactivate | Edit Version 2.0.2 | By Takayuki Miyoshi | Visit plugin site
    There is a new version of Contact Form 7 available. View version 2.0.6 Details or upgrade automatically.
    Google Analyticator Adds the necessary JavaScript code to enable Google’s Analytics. After enabling this plugin visit the settings page and enter your Google Analytics’ UID and enable logging.

    Settings | Deactivate | Edit Version 5.3.1 | By Spiral Web Consulting | Visit plugin site | FAQ | Support | Donate
    Google XML Sitemaps This plugin will generate a compatible sitemap of your WordPress blog which is supported by, Google, MSN Search and YAHOO. Configuration Page

    Deactivate | Edit Version 3.1.6 | By Arne Brachhold | Visit plugin site | Settings | FAQ | Support | Donate
    There is a new version of Google XML Sitemaps available. View version 3.1.7 Details or upgrade automatically.
    Sociable Automatically add links on your posts, pages and RSS feed to your favorite social bookmarking sites.

    Settings | Deactivate | Edit Version 3.5.1 | By Blogplay | Visit plugin site
    There is a new version of Sociable available. View version 3.5.2 Details or upgrade automatically.
    Twitter for WordPress Displays your public Twitter messages for all to read. Based on Pownce for WordPress by Cavemonkey50.

    Deactivate | Edit Version 1.9.7 | By Ricardo González | Visit plugin site
    User Photo Allows users to associate photos with their accounts by accessing their “Your Profile” page. Uploaded images are resized to fit the dimensions specified on the options page; a thumbnail image is also generated. New template tags introduced are: userphoto_the_author_photo, userphoto_the_author_thumbnail, userphoto_comment_author_photo, and userphoto_comment_author_thumbnail. Uploaded images may be moderated by administrators. This plugin is developed at Shepherd Interactive for the benefit of the community.

    Deactivate | Edit Version 0.9.4 | By Weston Ruter | Visit plugin site
    Wordphonic Play MP3s on WordPress with the stylish and fully-customizable E-Phonic Flash MP3 Player!

    Deactivate | Edit Version 1.0.2 | By Tracy Fu | Visit plugin site Stats Tracks views, post/page views, referrers, and clicks. Requires a API key.

    Deactivate | Edit Version 1.5.4 | By Andy Skelton | Visit plugin site
    WP-Polls Adds an AJAX poll system to your WordPress blog. You can easily include a poll into your WordPress’s blog post/page. WP-Polls is extremely customizable via templates and css styles and there are tons of options for you to choose to ensure that WP-Polls runs the way you wanted. It now supports multiple selection of answers.

    ttt – Upgraded to 5.8.6 but still having problems

    Read the information at on how to protect your site. Do tip # 7 and 6 or 5 as soon as possible. Be sure you are using the latest version of WordPress and all the plugins. I notice you have Stats Track in your plugins. Not sure if that works on blogs.

    The thing is I have deleted it numerous times… it will create an admin account on it’s own!

    My bet is that you got hacked. I’d back up your website immediately and start cleaning and/or comparing to backups you have from before.

    I think I will just whitelist my locations but I also think that it is some sort of script that is on the site so maybe I can’t prevent it from posting?

    It seems to do it every 2-3 weeks it will make one post… now that I have 100+ subscribers this is just absolutely not going to work! I wonder if I can somehow wipe everything and start it over but keep all my posts?

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