It’s okay to be forgetful sometimes, especially when you forget your WordPress password. Thankfully, WordPress allows you to recover your password. This article will go over 2 different methods on how to recover a lost password in WordPress.
In fact, I briefly went over these two ways to retrieve your WordPress password, but I felt I needed to do a better job by making sure each step is clear, as well as providing video screencasts for both methods.
How to Recover a Lost Password in WordPress
The simple and easy Way to Recover a Lost Password in WordPress
You probably have already tried your password, or maybe the one you thought was the correct password, and the result was that the password was wrong.
Under the log in is a link to recover your password. When you click it, it will lead you to a simple form asking for either your email or your username.
Once you have clicked the submit button, your WordPress installation will automatically send you an email that will have a confirmation link. You will need to click on that link and you will be directed to a page to reset your password.
(You can right click on the image and open in a new tab or window in order to view the image.)
In some cases, your WordPress installation may fail to send you a password. This may be because of your web host, so you may have to try another way to reset your password.
Here is a video to help guide you through this process.
The more technical way to Recover a Lost Password in WordPress
This method is not specifically a method to recover, but it does allow you to reset your password. It just takes a few extra steps, and a little knowledge with MySQL. This tutorial in particular will be using the MySQL from cPanel.
1. Log into cPanel
2. Scroll to the icon for phpMyAdmin and click. It will open up the database tables that you have running on your hosting account. An example of what to look for in cPanel for phpMyAdmin is to the right.
3. Click on the database table that coordinates with your WordPress install. In fact, if you don’t know what database to look for, open the wp-config.php to find out.
4. Look for wp_users and click to open the rows to that table.
5. Look for your username and click the icon to edit.
6. Find line for password. (You can right click on the image below to view it as a larger image.)
7. As you can see in the image above, there is a place to put a password. When you first see, it, it will look like a bunch of characters are in that field. Remove those characters and put the password you want. The varied characters are there because WordPress only recognizes passwords in the form of MD5 encryption. You will want to put your own password in the text field and then select MD5 in the drop down box.
Once you have done this, click the button that says GO and your password has been reset.
In fact, I’ve created a video for how to recover a lost password in WordPress using cPanel.
Have you had to recover your WordPress password? What method or methods have you used?