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September 10, 2019

Of the multiple ways to change the WordPress Admin Account password, this article will guide you through four of the most popular options for admin users.

Changing Your WordPress Admin Account Password with Nexcess

How Do You Change Your WordPress Admin Password in the Database?

You can easily change your WordPress Admin Account password directly in the database. To do so, access your database in the phpMyAdmin utility and open the Users table. Find the record for your WordPress Admin Account and enter the new password using MD5 as the Function value for the encryption method.

How Do You Add a New WordPress Admin Account?

1. As the existing admin user, log in to your WordPress site and go to the WordPress Admin Dashboard

2. Click Users from the left menu.

3. Click Add New in the top area.

4, Fill out the user details and set the role to Administrator.

5. Click Add New User in the bottom area.

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WordPress is a user-friendly application that used by the majority of web hosting providers. The core tasks of the website are primarily managed over the WordPress Admin Dashboard (also known as the wp-admin page) by the client's admin user. With regard to access to the wp-admin page, the credentials are used for logging in are the admin user's username and password. It is always best to use a hyper-secure strong password for the admin user's account.

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In case you forgot the password or want to reset the password in traditional fashion, the Nexcess Support team is always available to assist you. If you need any assistance with the above-mentioned, don't hesitate to reach out. For 24-hour assistance any day of the year, Nexcess customers can contact our support team by email or through your Client Portal.

Multiple Methods for Changing the WordPress Admin Account Password

There are multiple methods for changing the WordPress Admin Account password, and this article will guide through the four options most popular options you available for WordPress admins. 

Method #1: Lost Password Link Option

First things first, it would help if you had your current WordPress Admin Account password to properly administer your site. If you have forgotten it, navigate to your login page, then click the Lost your password? text. 

Lost your password?

You need to provide the email address used for the admin user, and they will be sent an email with the steps for resetting the lost password. Then, click on the confirmation link inside that email.

Method #2: MySQL Database > Admin User Record > Password Field Value Change Option

In the Nexcess Client Portal you may access the phpMyAdmin utility from the panel and reset the admin password. The phpMyAdmin utility is a popular and free open-source tool used for administering MySQL with a web browser. Typical operations such as the management of databases, tables, indexes, permissions, and so on are executed with the user interface. Administrators can also use the phpMyAdmin utility to execute any SQL statement directly.

To access the phpMyAdmin utility from the Nexcess Panel, the MySQL option would be shown as follows:

MySQL option

Then you will click the option to Launch phpMyAdmin from the panel after clicking MySQL

Launch phpMyAdmin

Please note, that to access the database from outside the environment, you may use third-party tools. However, the phpMyAdmin utility access can be done only from the Nexcess Panel.

After launching the phpMyAdmin application, select the database corresponding to the application, and from the database tables listed, access the Users table (wp-users in lowercase text).

wp-users in lowercase text

Then select the user to edit, and in this case it would be the admin user, and click the Edit option. 

Edit option

Then, as you scan the user details to edit, go to the user_pass field. Type the password in normal text, allowing the system to store the password in the encrypted format selected via the value in the Function field. In case shown in the image below, the MD5 encryption algorithm is being used, which is recommended. 

Provide the secure password you wish to use and then click Go.

Method #3: WordPress Admin Dashboard User Interface Option

This method shows how to change your password through the WordPress Admin Dashboard by following the steps below:

  1. Navigate to your administrative login page. Log in using your existing WordPress Admin Account credentials and then navigate to your WordPress Admin Dashboard:

  2. From the WordPress Admin Dashboard, select Users > Your Profile:

  3. Scroll to the Account Management section. Click Generate Password. You may either use the generated password or create one yourself. Save your password in a secure location and then click Update Profile:

Method #4: WordPress Command Line Interface (WP-CLI) Option

To reset your WordPress Admin Account password from the command line using WP-CLI, which allows users to manage WordPress blogs from a terminal, follow the steps below. 

To view the list of WordPress users of your application so that you can get the needed admin user details for the password reset, use the # wp user list command from the WordPress site document root location. 

Check the available users that are authorized to edit your WordPress site, including the WordPress Admin Account, with the following:  

# wp user list

This command will show the username, email associated, user ID, and other account details. For the password reset, we need to use user ID or username:

# wp user update <id> --user_pass=<password>

Here, <id> is the user ID and <password> is the new password to be set for the user with the ID mentioned above.

Or execute the following command:

# wp user update <username>--user_pass=<password>

Here, you replace <username> with the username and <password> with the new password you want to set for the user with the username mentioned above. 

To reset the password for two users and send them the change email use following command:

$ wp user reset-password admin editor

Here, you have reset passwords for the admin and editor users:

Success: Passwords reset for 2 users.

In this example above, the usernames are being used for admin and editor.

You may also refer to the official documentation from WordPress relating to WP-CLI Commands > wp user reset-password.

List of Methods for Changing the WordPress Admin Account Password

For other ways of resetting your password, including those listed below, see the Resetting Your Password page on the website:

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