Reset your password in WordPress

If you’ve ever slipped out of the house, you know everything about the feeling of impotence, desperation and the joy of having an extra key in the shed. The feeling is pretty much the same if you have forgotten your password for WordPress. Unfortunately, you just can’t have an “extra key” in the shed.

Therefore, you have to find other ways to reset your password to WordPress, and fortunately, a forgotten password does not have to be the earth’s downfall. There are many possibilities to reset a password in WordPress. Here you get three ways – or actually only two, since the first method requires that you are already logged in.

The wizard is written for website owners and WordPress administrators.

Three ways to change the password

In WordPress there are three ways you can change passwords for yourself or other users on the page. The first method requires knowing your own WordPress administrator password while the last two methods are good if you really forgot WordPress password.

Via the Dashboard

Of course, the easiest way to reset your password is by logging into WordPress. This method can also be used if you want to change a password for another user on the page. Read below.

  1. Sign in to WordPress
  2. Select “Users” in the menu on the left
  3. Select “Your profile” and scroll down the bottom
  4. Enter a new password and press “Update profile”

If you as an administrator want to change the password of another user, this can be done as follows:

  1. Sign in to WordPress
  2. Select “Users” in the menu on the left
  3. Select “All Users”
  4. Find the user you want to change the password for
  5. Hover over the name of the user and tap “Edit”
  6. Scroll down to the bottom and enter new password
  7. Finish by pressing “Update Profile”

Get new password by mail

If you have forgotten your password for WordPress, it will be a little harder, but not impossible to reset your password. You can get a new password by mail. Of course, this requires that you have entered a valid email.

  1. Go to the login page of WordPress (www.yoursite.com/wp-login.php)
  2. Click on “Lost your password?”
  3. Enter your WordPress username or email address
  4. Finish with “Get New Password”
  5. Within a few minutes you will receive an email with a confirmation link. Click on the link.
  6. Now enter a new password and end with “Reset password”

If, unexpectedly, you do not receive an email, check your spam folder (and avoid panic). There is always a way to change the password to WordPress.

Change password through phpMyAdmin

If you have really slammed yourself out, it becomes technical. You can call for the locksmith (technical assistance) or you can go out and try yourself. It’s not as difficult as it sounds.

It requires you to know your database information. So you can log in to your database through eg phpMyAdmin. You will find the information at your web space. Therefore, you cannot use this method if you have your WordPress page hosted by WordPress.com or similar providers. We need to down and change the password in the database.

The example here is based on the fact that you use phpMyAdmin. If you are already in doubt here, contact your “locksmith” or ask your webhotel, which can typically help you.

  1. Go to phpMyAdmin (often located at www.phpmyadmin.yoursite.com or www.phpmyadmin.yourhost.com. Alternatively, you can contact your host to hear where to find phpMyAdmin.)
  2. Login to phpMyAdmin with the login information you got when you created your web space and database.
  3. Find the tab “wp_users”
  4. Open the table by clicking on the “Browse” icon
  5. Find the user name of the user who needs to reset their password. The user name is in the column “user_login”
  6. Touch the “Edit” icon
  7. Delete the text in the field “user_pass”. Enter your new password and then select MD5 from the list of features.
  8. Finish by pressing “Finish”

Your password is now updated and you can now log in again with the password you selected.

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