Retrieve Your WordPress Password: Tips and Tricks
Have you ever forgotten your WordPress login credentials? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Forgetting your password can be a frustrating situation, but retrieving it is not rocket science. In this article, we’ll provide you with various ways to retrieve your WordPress password easily.
1. Use the “Lost Your Password” Option
The easiest and quickest way to retrieve your WordPress password is by using the “Lost your password” option. You can find this option located on the WordPress login screen, and it’s only a one-click solution.
To use this option, go to your WordPress login page and click on the “Lost your password” link. You will be redirected to a password reset page where you need to enter the username or email address connected with your WordPress account. Simply click on the “Get New Password” button, and WordPress will send you an email with a password reset link. Click on the link, enter your new password, and confirm it. Voila!
2. Use phpMyAdmin to Reset Your Password
If you can’t access the email address associated with your WordPress account, another option is to reset your password manually using phpMyAdmin. This may be a bit technical, but it’s still doable.
First, log in to your cPanel account and navigate to the “Databases” section. Find and click on “phpMyAdmin.”
Select the WordPress database that connects to your website. Next, find the “wp_users” table and click on it. Look for the username whose password you want to reset. Click on “Edit” under the user_login field for that user.
Next, locate the user_pass field, delete the current value in that column, and enter your new password. Use the MD5 function to encrypt it, then click on “Go” to save the changes.
Now that your password has been updated, log in to your WordPress account using your new password.
3. Reset Your Password via FTP
If you can’t access cPanel or phpMyAdmin, you can still reset your password via FTP. This method requires editing the functions.php file of your active theme.
First, connect to your website using an FTP client like FileZilla. Once connected, navigate to the following directory: /wp-content/themes/your-active-theme/.
Download the functions.php file and open it with a text editor. Add the following code at the end of the file:
'user_pass' => 'new_password'
Replace “firstname.lastname@example.org” with the email address connected to your WordPress account and “new_password” with your new password. Save the changes and upload the updated functions.php file to your website. Visit the login page and try logging in with your new password.
Retrieving your WordPress password is not a difficult task. You can do it easily by following the above steps. Remember to keep your password secure and use a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols to create a strong password. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact your hosting provider’s support team for help.