Resetting a WordPress admin password

I'm not particularly eager to work on WordPress, but sometimes you inherit legacy code or have to support a client.

The worst thing is where you get access to the database, but nobody knows the login anymore.

So how do we go about changing the admin's password?

Pre: You must have access to the database!

Using phpMyAdmin to change the WordPress password

The first thing we need to do is log in to phpMyAdmin and find our database.

Then we need to open up the wp_users (wp can be underscored by something unique for your install).

PhpMyAdmin for WordPress install

Now we need to click the edit button on the admin record.

In the password field, add the new password in a readable way and choose MD5 as the Function.

Reset WordPress password

Please don't use passwords like this example above

Now you can click save, and we will be able to login with our new password!

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Comments (2)

Amarachi Emmanuela Azubuike's photo

Concise. Thanks for sharing. Now I know what to do when faced with such challenge.

Chris Bongers's photo

Your welcome, it's one of these things once you know it's fine else you'll spend so much time looking for it.