How to Change Your Public Display Name

Are your posts published by “admin”?

That’s not exactly a good way to take credit your content. Whether you want to use your real name or a pen name, switching to a more purposeful display name will help build your brand and add personality to your site.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to display any name you’d like on your site.

How to Change Your Public Name

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The first step is to login to your WordPress dashboard.

Then, in the sidebar, hover over the Users menu item, and click on the Your Profile link.

screenshot of the Your Profile menu item

Once the page loads, scroll down until you reach the Name section. Here you’ll find the following options for creating your name:

  • Username
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Nickname
the various name options in the profile menu

The Username is used only for logging in, and cannot be changed.

The First Name and Last Name inputs are both optional, and self-explanatory.

Next, you have the Nickname which is also required and can be anything you’d like. This is where you can create a name specifically to use publicly on the site.

Lastly, there’s a dropdown menu for selecting your publicly displayed name. You’ll be able to select from a few variations of the above name inputs, including your Nickname.

Once you’ve updated your publicly used name, you can scroll to the bottom of the page, and click the Update Profile button to save your new name.


It’s time to change your display name to a real name.

The above steps should just take a minute, and will instantly improve the personality of your site. If you have any questions or issues with the above steps, leave a comment below.

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  1. Anupriya Anupriya

    I am learning WordPress for my blog and these small but effective tricks are useful for me. Please keep on share such important WordPress tips.

  2. Heather Nelsen Heather Nelsen

    Every time I do this and press “update profile” it goes right back to “admin” as the display name. Any tips?

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      Hi Heather,

      Bugs like this are extremely rare in WordPress itself, so it’s most likely an error coming from a plugin on the site. I would try temporarily deactivating all your plugins and then check if you can successfully update your profile. Then you can reactivate the plugins one-by-one to find the culprit.

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