wordpressHave you noticed how many blogs publish content under admin? What do you make of it when you see that? It probably goes unnoticed right! That may be the case for you, but not for everyone.

There are a couple of very good reasons why publishing content is not a good idea; security and ownership.

Cybercriminals are becoming more adept at hacking into websites, and WordPress is a fairly easy target for them if you leave it exposed. You wouldn’t think it mattered, but publishing posts under Admin gives hackers a greenlight.

And here’s the bad news. If hackers hijack your WordPress site they can infect your computer and use personal details to commit various types of fraud which you can be accountable for.

Admin default

When you install a one-click hosting solution in WordPress, the username is set to Admin by default. Admin is the number one username hackers use to hijack WordPress sites.

Fortunately, you can easily change this by updating the usernames in your WP-Admin settings. Add as many users as you like and delete the Admin username.

Another reason to update usernames is accountability, particularly if you have multiple users publishing content. If your company is undertaking a content marketing strategy, you want to be able to track how posts are performing.

If everyone publishes under Admin, how do you know who published a post at a glance. Perhaps you keep a second record, but this is unnecessary and creates more admin work.

Naming authors not only allows you to keep track of writers receiving high and low engagements, but it also gives readers a name to follow. Building an online reputation is another string to your SEO bow, so label the names of your writers to give them and your company more online exposure.

Updating your user settings may seem like an innocuous task, but it is surprising how many WordPress sites are targeted by cybercriminals for this very reason. If you don’t believe me, check out this report in Forbes.