[Update] A few people have left comments below for this article saying, ” 1. just type your post or page in Microsoft Word, 2. change font size and family in the MS Word document, 3. paste that formatted text into your WordPress blog post or page and all will be well.”
Please share your experiences with pasting MS Word into your WordPress blog post or your experiences with The Ultimate TinyMCE plugin so other people can know whether they should try it or not. Thanks!
In this WordPress video tutorial, I show you how to create a new user for your WordPress blog or Website. There are a number of reasons that you might want to give someone else access to your WordPress blog or website by making them a new “user”. You may want to give someone else “Administrator” privileges so that they can help you run your site, or so that they can go in and help you troubleshoot a problem on your site. (But maybe you don’t want to share your particular username and password.) You may have someone who does a “guest post” on your blog, and you want to give them Author, Editor, or Contributor privileges. For guest bloggers, Contributor role should contain sufficient rights and privileges. That’s just my suggestion. I got that advice from a great blogger Nile Flores at Blondish.net.
What are user roles in WordPress?
To learn more about the different user roles and privileges in WordPress, visit WordPress.org. There you can learn about the different WordPress roles and capabilities such as Admin, Editor, Author, Contributor. and Subscriber.
Written Step-by-Step Instructions for Adding a New WordPress User
If a hacker tries to break into your account, they assume that your WordPress login username is “admin”. If they are correct, then they have a better chance of breaking into your WordPress blog or website. Now they only need to guess the correct password. So to make your site safer, simply change the “admin” username to something else!
Who Cares about WordPress Security?
In the beginning of April 2013, there was a wave of hack attacks on WordPress blogs and websites. If you were not affected, consider yourself LUCKY not SMART! Here’s some more information on the recent Brute-Force attacks on WordPress blogs and websites. The point is to prepare yourself for the next wave of attacks!
What are Brute Force Attacks?
Brute-force attacks on WordPress sites are basically computer programs that try thousands of different usernames and passwords on the WordPress website login page until they get a combination that works. These software programs try many different WordPress login username and password combinations on random sites, until it finds a login / password combination that works. Don’t let that happen to your WordPress website.
Many times these programs will assume that your WordPress login username is “admin”. This is an excellent guess at your username because so many WordPress blogs and websites have this login username as the default. So now the computer software program only has to guess the password that you used in combination with the login username called “admin”. You’ve just made the job of hacking into your site significantly easier for the hacker and their automated software programs. You don’t want to do that!
So the first step you should take in making your WordPress website more secure is to simply change the login username from “admin” to something else.
I just got an email today from the developer of one of my favorite WordPress Security Plugins — Wordfence. The email contained the following excellent written steps for changing the WordPress login username.
To rename your WordPress ‘admin’ user:
Sign in as ‘admin’.
Create a new user in your WordPress site.
Choose a hard-to-guess username, but don’t make it so difficult that you’ll forget it.
Make sure that the new user’s role is “administrator”.
Choose a password that has upper and lower-case letters and numbers in it. Symbols are OK too. (symbols like: #@%&*^). Never use the word ‘password’ in your password, even if it has a different case and includes numbers.
Click “Add new user”.
Logout as ‘admin’.
Login as the new user.
Delete your old ‘admin’ user and assign all posts/pages/comments to your new admin user.
Congratulations, you now have a more secure WordPress system.
Video Tutorial on Changing “admin” User
In the video below, I have created a short, simple video tutorial on how to change the “admin” username on your WordPress website:
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