Changing Usernames in Elgg

In this article, I will give you a step by step guide on how to allow users to change usernames in Elgg


Giving the ability to your users to change their usernames is very important, so that they know they own anything they post on your elgg network. Some social networks allow to change the username just once, however elgg is not like this, since it lets user change it many times they want.

Getting Started

1. Download and install the Profile Manager Plugin for elgg 1.8


2. Activate the Profile Manager. After activating it, go to menu “Configure -> Settings-> Profile Manager“:

profile manager elgg activate arvixe tutorials settings profile manager elgg blog

3. In the Profile Manager settings, go to the “Other” section. Set “Allow users to change their username in settings” to “Yes“:

other profile manager username elgg tutorials4. Now, go back to your elgg network. In your personal settings page, you will see a “Click to change your username” button:

change username button elgg

5. Just type your new username and save your changes:

Picture 36. And that’s it! Now you have a new username!

Note: Keep in mind that changing your username, will change every content created to your new username.

This concludes Change your username in elgg

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Rodolfo Hernandez

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