How can I change my control panel username?

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Unfortunately, you may not change the user name associated with your control panel. Once it is set, there are vital components using that name. Some of those settings are used by your web site, and are not controlled by HostGator.

Reseller and SEO

You may change the user names for any accounts you create by going to WHM and clicking the Modify Account link (read more in the related article). However, you cannot change the user name you picked during sign up.

There must be a way to change my signup username.

The only solution HostGator can offer is to terminate the hosting account, and then recreate it with the desired user name. WARNING: Accepting this solution will erase all web site content, emails, databases, and everything you have done on the server so far.


VPS and Dedicated

You may change the user names for any accounts you create by going to WHM and clicking the Modify Account link (read more in the related article). However, you cannot change the user name provided by HostGator; Linux is always root, and Windows is always admin.


Article Comments

Craig Thompson
I want to change PhpMyAdmin and get this message -

Warning! You are logged in with the reseller or root password

How do I create another login? I have a dedicated server... and have access to WHM

HostGator
That is the message a normal WHM user gets when logged into cPanel without the password.

However, you have Root WHM. There is a special link in your WHM, under SQL Services, called phpMyAdmin. Click that link to access all databases on your server and with no restrictions.

Alex
You could have told us during signup that this username would be the root folder name. I don't want my webmaster to put everything into my username folder. I want it in the site folder.

HostGator
The webmaster does NOT need access to your root folder. They typically only need access to public_html (main site folder) or a subfolder (e.g. for an Addon domain).


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