Reset a Lost WordPress Admin Password

If you’ve forgotten your WordPress admin password then you can usually easily reset it by going to the normal login page and clicking on the lost your password link at the bottom of the page.reset-wordpress-password

An Email is sent to the email address on your Settings>General page.

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.The email contains a link which you need to click to change your password.

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It is for this reason that it is very important tht you have a working email address assigned.

Creating Easily Memorable but Strong Passwords

I always thought that the standard way of creating difficult passwords was to choose a jumble of words like:
aBRQu2!%pl

However I am very grateful to this article which pointed out the very obvious fact that it is the password length that makes a password strong.

So a password of:

Steve111111

is actually stronger than the previous password simply because it is longer.

However the password is easy to remember.

The basic takeaway from the article is that repeating characters doesn’t actually make the password weaker provided you don’t make it obvious.

A password of

1111111111111

would not be a very good choice. You can get a goo idea of the password strength using a password checker like the Password strength meter

Manual Password Reset Using phpMyAdmin -1and1

Note: Screenshots are from a 1&1 installation but applies to other hosts using phpMyAdmin

1.Log into cPanel.

2. Go to Manage webspace

1and1-database-manangeand click on MYSQL databases.

3. If you have more than one database then a list of databases should be displayed. You need to choose the correct one if you are not sure then open up the wp-config.php associated with the site.

This contains the database name:

wp-config-database-name

4. Click on open under the phpMyAdmin tab to open the database with phpMyAdmin

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5. Expand the database by clicking on the plus icon to show the tables.

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6. Scroll down and Click wp_users from the left panel list.

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Under user_login you will see the list of registered users

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7. Under the user whose password you wish to reset, click edit. to show the user properties.

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8. Under the user_pass column, clear the value on the far right and replace with what you would like the password to be.

In the Function drop-down menu, select MD5.

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9. At the bottom of the page, click GO to save the changes

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Related Tutorials and resources:

Understanding and editing the wp_config.php file

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