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Opened 7 years ago

Last modified 4 years ago

#42008 reviewing defect (bug)

Show warning that usernames can't be changed

Reported by: rinkuyadav999's profile rinkuyadav999 Owned by:
Milestone: Future Release Priority: normal
Severity: minor Version:
Component: Upgrade/Install Keywords: has-patch has-screenshots needs-refresh close 2nd-opinion
Focuses: administration Cc:


When we install WordPress, it says "Please provide the following information. Don't worry, you can always change these settings later."

But When we want to change username, WordPress does not allow. See screenshots.

Attachments (7)

un-img1.png (19.6 KB) - added by rinkuyadav999 7 years ago.
un-img2.png (13.6 KB) - added by rinkuyadav999 7 years ago.
42008-v1.patch (820 bytes) - added by rinkuyadav999 7 years ago.
42008.2.diff (1.4 KB) - added by danieltj 7 years ago.
wp-install-patch.png (31.0 KB) - added by danieltj 7 years ago.
42008.3.diff (1.4 KB) - added by danieltj 6 years ago.
Patch refresh
42008.diff (1.3 KB) - added by Presskopp 5 years ago.

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Change History (25)

7 years ago

7 years ago

#1 @rinkuyadav999
7 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch has-screenshots dev-feedback added

#2 @danieltj
7 years ago

  • Component changed from Text Changes to Upgrade/Install
  • Keywords needs-patch added; has-patch has-screenshots dev-feedback removed
  • Severity changed from normal to minor
  • Version changed from trunk to 4.8.2

Agreed that the wording could be better here. Will look into this.

#3 @SergeyBiryukov
7 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch has-screenshots added; needs-patch removed

It's true that usernames cannot be changed easily, but that's why we have a separate Display Name setting.

Let's see if we can come up with a better wording.

7 years ago

#4 @danieltj
7 years ago

I've added a patch that says some fields can be and also some bold text that explicitly says usernames can't be. Will upload a screenshot of an example in a second.

#5 @iandunn
7 years ago

  • Summary changed from Message on WordPress Install to Show warning that usernames can't be changed

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #core by danieltj. View the logs.

6 years ago

#7 @SergeyBiryukov
6 years ago

you can change some of these settings later

How about "most of these settings"? Site Title, Password, Email, Site Visibility can all be changed, only username cannot.

6 years ago

Patch refresh

#8 @danieltj
6 years ago

  • Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to Future Release

Thanks for the suggestion @SergeyBiryukov.

I've refreshed the patch to include the wording you mentioned in 42008.3.diff.

#9 @SergeyBiryukov
6 years ago

  • Milestone changed from Future Release to 5.0

#10 @Presskopp
6 years ago

I don't like the wording of "most..", because it makes it a game of chance if I can change st. or not. Why not be explicit and spread the truth and tell the world that

"you can change these settings later except the username"

#11 @rinkuyadav999
6 years ago

Yes, and bold text will be better for 'except the username'.

#12 @pento
6 years ago

  • Milestone changed from 5.0 to 5.1

5 years ago

#13 @Presskopp
5 years ago

another patch

#14 @afercia
5 years ago

  • Keywords needs-refresh added
  • Owner set to afercia
  • Status changed from new to assigned
  • Version 4.8.2 deleted

Instead of adding HTML (<strong>) in a translatable string, I'd suggest to use printf() with placeholders.

#15 @pento
5 years ago

  • Keywords close added

Practically speaking, the username can be changed: create a new user, delete the old one, re-assign any existing posts to the new user.

Altering this text is just papering over the problem that changing a username is a difficult process, and putting stress back on the person installing the site. The vast majority of people never want to change their username, so they don't need to see this message.

I'm inclined to close this issue as a duplicate of #39123.

#16 @afercia
5 years ago

  • Keywords 2nd-opinion added

Not putting stress on users is a valid point. However, the install page is still giving users some misleading information. I'd like to see #39123 addressed soon but, in the meantime, I'd be in favor of this change because it gives users a more correct information.

Worth noting the wording "cannot be changed" is already used in other places in the admin. For example, in the edit user screen, in the Help, and for the site domain on multisite > site registration. If the aim is to not put stress on users, then maybe a better wording should be used across all the admin.

Informing users the username cannot be changed only after they've chosen their username doesn't seem particularly helpful to me.

Edit user screen:

The related Help: sounds a bit ironical users are informed only here they can't change their username:

I'd like to propose to hear other opinions.

Re: the patch, I'd propose to consider to remove the sentence Please provide the following information. Don’t worry, you can always change these settings later. entirely because at that point it would be a bit pointless. It would be implied all provided data can be changed, except the username. Reducing the amount of non relevant text in this screen would probably help better in reducing stress for users.

#17 @pento
5 years ago

  • Milestone changed from 5.1 to Future Release

I don't think the install flow and that help screen can really be compared. I agree that the message next to the username on the user edit screen is suboptimal.

However, this problem has existed for years, it's a fairly minor thing. Punting to Future Release, maybe we'll have better words for this in the future.

#18 @afercia
4 years ago

  • Owner afercia deleted
  • Status changed from assigned to reviewing
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