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How To Reset Your WordPress Password

Are you unable to log back into your WordPress site because you’ve lost your password?

Finding yourself unable to access your administration area because you’ve forgotten or lost your password or username can be very frustrating.

Fortunately, if you are a WordPress user, there is always a way to get back into the backend of your website or blog.

In this troubleshooting step-by-step tutorial, you will learn the process of recovering a lost or forgotten password or username and getting back into your website or blog. We’ll go as far as we can without getting into complicated technical areas, and then, if the information still doesn’t help you get back in, we’ll explain to you what your other options for login details recovery are.

Let’s start with the basics.

Wrong Login Details

If you you type your username or password incorrectly when trying to access your WP dashboard, you will see an error message like the one below …

Here’s a clue: If you get the login username right but the password is wrong, WordPress will let you know this …

For security purposes, using the username “admin”.

This is the default installation username for WordPress and one of the first things that hackers will test with WordPress sites.

If you need to change your username, see this tutorial:


If you have lost your password, but you do know your username or the email address you have registered with, then click on the “Lost your password?” link in the login box …

You can also access the forgotten password function by clicking on the link at the bottom of the login box …

Alternatively, just type the following URL into your browser (where “domain” is your domain address and “tld” is your domain extension, eg. “com”, “net”, “info”, etc.) …

Enter your username or registered email address and click the button to get a new password …

At this stage, there is no password “recovery” option, only password “reset”.

You will receive an email with a password reset link. Click on the link to reset your password.

Enter your new password into the “Password reset” field. Make sure to choose a strong password containing upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols, like “?, %, *, &, @” etc …

Use a password generator tool to help you generate a strong password.

You can use a free online password generator tool like PasswordsGenerator.net (shown below) …

Or use password management programs like RoboForm, which lets you store and manage all of your passwords …

Use A Password Generator Tool If You Need Help Creating A Strong Password

To learn more about password management software, see the tutorial below:

After resetting your password, log in using your new password …

Changing Your Password Inside The WordPress Administration Area

To change your password inside your administration, log into your admin and select Edit My Profile from the “Howdy, User” dropdown menu near the top-right hand corner of your Dashboard …

You can also access your “Profile” area by selecting Users > Your Profile from your main admin menu.

Towards the bottom section of the screen, you will see the “change password” section. Enter a new password and confirm this password here.

Note: Use the built-in WordPress password strength meter to help you avoid using weak passwords and come up with a strong password.

Click the Update Profile button when you’re done to update your password settings.

What To Do If You’ve Forgotten Your Username And Password

So far, the above steps work if you’ve forgotten your password but you still can access your username or email address.

What can you do if you’ve forgotten both your username and password?

You can still log into your WordPress site, but a little technical intervention is required.

As this tutorial is really aimed for non-technical WordPress users, we recommend that if the information above hasn’t helped you get back into your WordPress backend, then either contact someone who can provide you with technical support (i.e. your webmaster, web support person or your webhost) and let them know that you need to change your WordPress Password from phpMyAdmin, or you can try using the method below, which will simply reveal your username and email address, so you at least you can get your password reset and log back in.

All you need is access to your server. Don’t worry, you won’t be changing anything inside your server … you’re only taking a look!

If looking inside your server or database makes you uncomfortable, then please ask a web services professional to assist you.

In our example, the server is using the cPanel management software …

cPanel management software

Note: For tutorials on how to use cPanel, go here: How To Use cPanel.

Log into your server admin account …

cPanel admin area

Scroll down to the “Databases” section and click on phpMyAdmin


Click on your WordPress database.

Note: If you have a number of databases set up on your domain, make sure that you choose the right one …

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t panic when you see the complicated-looking screen.

Click on wp_users

phpMyAdmin databases

You will see a list of all your site’s users with their usernames and email addresses. Typically, the first line is assigned to the site administrator, but if you have more users and need to locate their username or email, then scroll down the list until you find the details you are looking for …

Note: The user password is also included in this section of your WP database (in the “user_pass” column”), but as you can see from the screenshot above, it is encrypted and displays only random-looking characters in the field.

For the purpose of security, WordPress stores all passwords as a cryptographic hash function (MD5 Hash) instead of plain text. This prevents even the site administrator from knowing a user’s password.

To change this password requires using an encryption tool that lets you generate an MD5 hash, which you would then copy and paste into the password field. You can search for “free MD5 generators online” if you want to change the password yourself, but as suggested earlier, ask for professional assistance if you really don’t know what you are doing, as you could end up causing errors.

Once you know the username and email address, log out of your server, go back to your login screen and request a new password …

We hope that you have found this tutorial useful and can now resume working on your website or blog.


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